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I’m so excited. I finally said “YES”! Not to the dress, or a proposal, or anything boring like that, though. 😛 Haha…you thought you knew what I was talking about, didn’t you? Nope – I said “yes” to the cover design for my cookbook! The cover design was definitely one of the hardest parts of publishing, believe it or not. My first problem was that I didn’t really have a clear idea of what I wanted. I knew exactly how I wanted the recipe layout to look, but the cover? The possibilities are endless. To find a design that is attention-grabbing, self-explanatory, un-cluttered, timeless yet modern, unique, and me all at the same time is a pretty tall order.
My poor designer…she was incredibly patient. She kept sending me ideas while I told her to change this and that to make it look more like I wanted. I almost settled on one, then I got the bright idea to share it with some friends for outside opinions and was basically told that I could do better. So back to the drawing board we went. Last Sunday afternoon I was thinking about it as I was settling in for a nice nap – then poof – there was a layout in my head (thanks, God!). I grabbed pen and paper, scribbled it down (no, I literally scribbled it), then slept. The next morning I made a (very rough) mockup for my designer, who took my idea and turned it into something that actually looked like a cover. About eight PDF proofs, more friendly advice, much deliberation, and some pink polka dots later, I said “yes” to a bee-you-tee-ful cover. Thank you, Leah! ((hugs))
I can’t wait for all you folks to be able to see it! I talked with my sales rep this week and the plans right now are to open preorder here on my website (on the Cookbook page) as close to the beginning of October as possible! There will be a special preorder discount and a couple of preorder goodies offered, so you won’t want to miss it. Unless something goes drastically wrong, the books will be distributed in plenty of time for Christmas, so get one for all your friends! (Yes, that was a shameless plug – hey, it’s my blog! Haha…)
Right now I’m doing an edit on a copy of the book that actually has pictures in it! (The first edited proof was only text.) I’ve had a lot of fun including some of my favorite quotes and Bible verses…and just generally wreaking havoc with a red pen.
You guys – thank you so much. I didn’t include you on the dedication page of the book, but now that I think about it – I probably should’ve. I wouldn’t and couldn’t be doing this without your support. I have you to thank, at least in part, for spurring me on in the time of most intense growth in my life up to this point. Blessings to you all!