It looms on the horizon. I’ve already missed two deadlines, but this is the final, absolute final deadline for the draft of my book, and by hook or by crook, I am going to make it.
The publisher has requested 100-125 recipes from me, and I am, at this moment, around 100. My rough plan is to spend the rest of this week knocking off the last of the recipes from my table of contents (I made a list of them last week, which is now taped to my kitchen cupboard), and then to spend next week going over the draft of the book, adding in all the final touches and formatting it according to their style guide.
Some exciting things happened over this last week. First of all, I got a peek into what the cover of my book will look like.
Now, this is just a working cover, it’s not the final version. This will be used for marketing materials, like the Blad, which is a kind of promotional/marketing piece that we are creating right now. It’ll go out to stores and book sellers in a an attempt to get them interested in ordering my book. It includes 6 recipes. My editor, Meredith and I, have been working on this pretty solidly over the last couple of weeks, and it’s nearly done.
I also learned that book will be available for pre-sales starting next month on Amazon! I mean, c’mon, that’s pretty freaking cool! I’ll let you know the URL when it goes up.
In terms of recipe wins, I haven’t made any massive strides this week, but slow and steady progress. Which I will take! I’ve developed a vegan cheese sauce, which can be eaten alone, or added to pasta to make a creamy mac ‘n’ cheese. I came up with a roasted carrot dip that’s perfect for fall and oh-so-tasty (I may share that one), and a Chocolate Silk Pie. Mmm…
I am still struggling almost daily with macarons. When I crack this one, it’s going to be the biggest victory. And I hope I crack it soon… time is running out. The thing about macarons is, I know it can be done. But there are so many factors, every time I make them, I tweak something, but there are so many things to tweak… eventually I have to get it right, right?
I just want to say again how grateful I am to all of you for your outpouring of love and support. It really has kept me going. And we’re almost there!