So, you want to write a cookbook?

Are you thinking about writing a cookbook, but have no idea where to start? We’re here to help – here are 10 tips to help you succeed!

1. Do you know how to write a proposal? Check out our website for guidelines!

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2. Know your competition: what other books have been published on this topic?

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3. What is your USP (unique selling point)? You need to be able to clearly articulate and define your concept in 2-3 sentences.

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4. Know your audience: Is there a market for this book? Who are they? Why do they need your book?

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5. Know how to promote the book: More and more publishers are looking for author-driven promotional ideas. Goodbye book tours, hello blog tours. Do you have a platform? What kind of audience do you have? Followers, media colleagues, friends, readers, subscribers, students?

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6. Know your concept: Do you have a fully fleshed out idea? Agents and publishers get queried dozens of times a day. If you don’t have a solid concept, hold off on pitching it.

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7. Know your recipes! Make sure all your recipes are thoroughly tested and that they work. Test more than once if necessary.

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8. Know how to listen to feedback and criticism. Make sure your proposal has been copyedited and read by several outside sources before you take this to an agent.

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9. Think of a cookbook as a brand and marketing tool, with possible (hopefully) financial benefits. But don’t give up your day job!

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10. Get an agent! They will be your advocate, business advisor, contract negotiator, and conduit between you and a publisher.

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And overall – have fun!

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