When you are a member of a church or other social organization that needs funding for projects, improvements, or charity you may find that a cookbook fundraiser is a great project that you can work on together. Everyone in your organization becomes a spokesperson for the completed cookbook, raising revenue for your project. Often you can get local merchants to prominently display your cookbooks to promote them on their web sites and in their retail stores as part of your marketing plan.
Establish a committee to meet on a regular basis to make decisions about how the cookbook is progressing and to establish the goals and a timeline for each stage of the project.
- Establish a cookbook fundraiser theme and timeline for completion
- 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 printed.
- Establish sales revenue targets, develop a marketing plan and a project budget.
- As much as possible, emulate other cookbook fundraising projects that have been successful and set realistic goals.
- If it is a team project, identify the team leader or editor. (Cookbook project teams are eligible for special Cooks Palate multi-pack licenses to complete their projects)
- Establish project guidelines with standardized processes for recipe testing, data entry, book layout chapter definitions, and cover design.
Organize Your Recipes
- Assemble recipes from all sources including handwritten recipes, recipe cards, cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, recipe programs and web sites.
- Enter recipes in The Cooks Palate along with category information for easy search and retrieval.
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 software program that automates the cookbook format for you to maintain consistency and enable global manuscript editing.
- Proofread and edit the manuscript draft for content
- 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.
Print Your Cookbook Manuscript
- Export your book as an *.rtf file and send to a commercial printer or
- Use The Cooks Palate Publishing program to prepare the physical layout design for printing
- Adjust the fonts and style for the bookblock
- Insert any chosen graphics
- Check the index
- Upload to the Author, Inc. web site for printing
Promote Your Fundraising Cookbook
- Execute the cookbook fundraiser marketing plan