This article describes the steps involved to publish your cookbook manuscript.
Organize Your Recipes
Assemble recipes from all sources, including handwritten recipes, recipe cards, an old family cookbook, magazines, newspapers, recipe programs and web sites.
- Enter recipes in The Cooks Palate along with category information for easy search and retrieval
Develop a Cookbook Project Plan
- Determine what type of book will be printed. Book dimensions such as size, fonts, margins, illustrations, page count etc... must be configured exactly for the type of book being published.
- If it is a team project, identify the team leader/editor. Cookbook project teams are eligible for special Cooks Palate multi-pack licenses to complete their project.
- Establish cookbook project guidelines with standardized processes for recipe testing, data entry, book layout chapter definitions, and cover design.
- Establish a cookbook project budget, theme and timeline for publishing completion.
Design Your Cookbook
- Develop a prototype manuscript. Typical cookbook layouts include a table of contents, chapters, images, font styles and sizes, pagination, an index and cover artwork. Ideally, you should use a cookbook software program that automates cookbook formatting for you.
- Proofread and edit the manuscript
- Print a draft copy and circulate it for peer and editorial review. The extent of editorial review and copy editing will depend on type of book you are printing.
- Get a final print production estimate based on page count, size, binding etc..
Print Your Cookbook Manuscript
- Print the final manuscript from The Cooks Palate cookbook publishing software.
- Optionally export your manuscript to a popular word processor for further format customization.
- Submit your manuscript to a commercial printer for final production.