The Waiting is the Hardest Part…

So the book is off with the designers now.

This is a new experience for me of course, so I have let my baby go off to the designers. It was really hard to hit the send button to let it go. It felt like something so final – so definitive to finally say, “Yes, this is a perfect set of my recipes.”


Example of good cookbook cover design.

But by the same token, there was still much to figure out. I told them I had an Acknowledgements section as well I wanted to include, and they told me I should re-submit the manuscript with that attached. Then they asked about interior images which I had added on, and I said I could tell them where I wanted them. No no, I should re-submit the manuscript with the image notations in there. All in all, my “final” submission of the manuscript probably happened 4 or 5 times.


It’s good to be living in this electronic age, where mulligans are so easy to come by. :)


Example of hideous cookbook cover design.

So now with the manuscript and cover photos in their capable hands, I needed to talk to them about my design visions. While on the one part, I knew what photos I wanted to use, on the other hand, I have no idea what the background colors, or font sizes, or margin spacings should be. I’ve never done this! I really don’t know what’s appropriate!

I just know if I say something along the lines of, “Yes use 11pt fonts,” then I know they are handcuffed into using that size, and that size only. And I don’t know if that’s the right size until I see the book layout itself. I want to give the designers room to do what they feel is right, but by the same token, I can’t give them free reign with my baby, can I?…

Simply put, I trust them, and I don’t at the same time. All I know is, I should have some comps delivered to me sometime next week. That is when I’ll know how we’re doing as far as interior and cover design go. But in the meantime, all I can do is wait and hope that we come up with something great.

Am I making a mountain out of a molehill, or is this a legitimate concern on my part?

Chef Matt

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2 Responses to “The Waiting is the Hardest Part…”

  1. John says:

    It is absolutely a legitimate concern! Creating content and bringing ideas to life is a deeply emotional experience. During the process we encountered the same feelings, but ultimately learned that give and take is also part of writing. Trust your publishers and your readers, the learning process continues. It is exactly the same when you hand out a recipe to your class. Trusting them and their personal touch with the final outcome.

  2. Kwillmetta says:

    Tell me about it….where is the next post??????