1. blasingame

    blasingame New Member

    Oct 7, 2009
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    Hello Everyone!

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by blasingame, Oct 7, 2009.

    My name is Shane and I'm new to the community looking for answers.

    I am the creator of a cookbook of South Louisiana Cajun Cuisine. The problem is I have this book in PDF format and that is it. I have no idea how or what to do with it now however I want to make it into a book and publish it locally to start.

    I don't know I just need help with this and have no idea where to turn with this with out spending a bunch of money just trying.

    Anyway, I hope to be welcome and any ideas would be helpful.

  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    Hello Shane, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You probably don't want to self-publish, then. Self-publishing requires a broad understanding of all aspects of publication, including typesetting, marketing, and distribution, and usually considerable cash investments as well. The Writing Issues->Publishers forum is probably the best part of the site to get some answers and advice.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    Also, be aware that posting a piece of writing on any public site, including this one, will greatly diminish your chances of selling it for publication. Removing the writing later does not alter that fact - once posted, it is irreversibly considered published. So do not post anything more than a small excerpt of any piece you are planning to submit for publication.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize constructive critique as a vital writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). Also, please use the same thread for all revisions and additional excerpts from the same piece of writing. See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

    And while you're looking around, don't forget to check out our Weekly Short Story Contest and Weekly Poetry Contest. They actually run more than one week apiece, but any member may enter, and all members are urged to vote for their favorites.

    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
  3. ChimmyBear

    ChimmyBear Contributor Contributor

    Apr 30, 2008
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    In the arms of the man I love at home in NC.
    Hello Shane,

    Welcome to the forums.
  4. von Pook

    von Pook Member

    Sep 8, 2009
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    Hello and welcome :cool:
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    if you only want to SELL it locally, then you'll need to go to the expense of self-publishing with a pod company, or paying to have it printed... and the promotion, marketing and distribution will have to be done on your own... do you have a built-in market, such as being the owner/chef of a restaurant, or some other position that gives you ready-made book buyers?...

    if not, and if you don't want to spend any money on printing, or buying your books from a vanity publishing venue to retail them, you can query cookbook publishers and see if one will take it on... have you researched the market, to see if yours has anything new to offer, compared to all the cajun cookbooks already out there?...

    i'll be glad to help you along the way, if you want, since i've mentored some cookbook writers along with thousands of other writers of almost anything that takes words... if you want me to, drop me a line any time...

    meantime, welcome to the forums!

    love and hugs, maia
  6. Gigi_GNR

    Gigi_GNR Guys, come on. WAFFLE-O. Contributor

    Jul 25, 2009
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    Milwaukee, WI

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