Lessons Learned from Self Publishing

cookbookebaycoverThis week marks the end of an era.  I’ve finally sold the last remaining copies of my first self-published book, Anna’s Kitchen. I learned a lot from the experience, and since that time I’ve done my best to share what I’ve learn with the rest of you.

I produced and published Anna’s Kitchen back in 2005. I was such a little smart-alec at the time that I thought I knew everything. Okay, maybe being a free-lance graphic designer helped, since I was able to produce something that looked really cool, but I didn’t know squat about editing, distribution, or marketing. So, here are some of the lessons I learned.

  1. A spell checker is not a substitute for an editor, or a proofreader.
  2. If you want your book to be distributed, you really need Ingram.
  3. 500 books really does take up a lot of room in your shed.

Ah, I was so naive at the time, but looking back, it was still a good experience. I learned a heck of a lot, and I have no regrets.

Will I republish Anna’s Kitchen? Not at this time, although I did consider it. A couple years ago I started up a food blog called My Timeless Cuisine, as a tool for promoting the book. What I discovered from that blog is that food, like fashion, seems to follow trends, and right now old-fashioned home cooking doesn’t appear to be in vogue. But then again, I may change my mind someday.

In the meantime, many of the recipes from Anna’s Kitchen, are available on My Timeless Cuisine.

Bon appetite

GM