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You came here for the cookbook giveaway, right? 😛 Let’s deal with that first. This is actually a Facebook giveaway; to enter, like or comment on the giveaway post (update: contest has ended). I’m planning to do more blog giveaways of the book eventually, but that’ll have to wait until I get back from Africa. The Facebook giveaway will end Monday evening (Feb. 6, ’17) when I pick a random winner.
Not familiar with my cookbook? Click here to visit the Cookbook page on my website for details, a preview, and a purchase button.
And now for some pictures! I was recently in Holmes County, Ohio, at Carlisle Printing to do some press checks, and I thought you guys might enjoy seeing some pictures! These were just taken with my phone, so please excuse the quality.
But first, the picture above was actually taken in Lancaster, PA, in Good’s Store (East Earl location). It’s always such a surreal experience for me to see my own books on a store shelf. Side trip here: when I was 10-12 years old and thinking about “what I want to be when I grow up,” I was fully convinced that I was going to go to college for a creative writing degree and become an author. I was a major bookworm with a vivid imagination, and I could think of nothing more fun than writing for a living. Later on as I got into horses, that dream changed, and I switched from wanting to go to college for a writing degree to wanting to go to France to apprentice with one of my favorite horse trainers. My mom wasn’t too fond of that idea. Then I decided that I wanted to operate a therapeutic riding ministry, so I thought going to school for a psychology/counselling degree would be an asset. When my OCD came along in the last two years of high school, I decided I was going to take a year’s break from school after graduation, then I started blogging…and the rest is history. I soon realized that I enjoyed working for myself, plus I could learn plenty from the school of hard knocks while saving money instead of paying school loans. Now I’m 21, and instead of graduating from college this year, I’m a published author with a self-employed full time job doing what I love: creating, writing, and ministering to people. Does it look way different than I thought it would ten years ago? Absolutely. But that, my friends, is how God works. I was quite a ways into the cookbook publishing process before I realized that God had brought me full circle to my original dream of writing. God has a sense of loving humor.
But enough bunny trails.
The picture you see above is only part of the paper being used to print a batch of my books. The stack in the foreground is about waist-high as a reference point.
And this, my friends, is the press! I was actually standing on the walkway on top to take this picture; the press itself is taller than I am. This press uses four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, to create all the colors you see in my book!
In these two pictures, you see the specially lighted board where the big press sheets are checked for color accuracy. (That’s what I was there for.) Fine-tuned adjustments can then be made using the controls.
Below you see stacks of finished books beside the binding table. Due to the size of the book plus the fact that it has a hard cover, all of these books are spiraled by hand.
Finished books are packed in cardboard boxes for shipment:
Did you enjoy the tour? I always love visiting the printing company and taking in the blur of sights, smells, and sounds! They never fail to inspire me to create something, which can be good or bad, depending on how well I can resist the urge to jump into too many projects at once. 😛
Again, you can click here to check out details about my cookbook.