book publishing

Loving It!


Last night I came to a realisation… I have just made myself a cookbook that I absolutely LOVE! And I don’t mean that in the way it sounds – I’m not bragging about its beauty, its design or the sheer number of pages, recipes and photographs inside, I mean I love it because I now have a cookbook that I love ALL the recipes in, and it is already becoming my go-to place when deciding what to make for dinner.

Take last night, now that I have ALMOST finished cooking for the book, I got to do something rare – make whatever I wanted and NOT photograph it, and best of all NOT eat it luke warm! So I was like a child in a toyshop, flicking through all the great recipes, seeing which one took my fancy, and it turned out that Thai Style Prawns was my dish of choice! It’s quite a while since I cooked it for the book and back even then I remember running around the house declaring how amazing the taste was, so it was nice to be able to make it for myself again, and sit down and enjoy it HOT! And it didn’t disappoint. In fact I shall be having the same thing again tonight it was so good.

So you see, getting together this collection of clean-eating recipes has been not only something for others to enjoy, but for me to enjoy too! Love it.

Caribbean Style ChickenAnyway, on to what should have been the main topic today (sorry about the distraction above!), my testers have been testing my recipes out and have started to come back to me with reviews…  and the good news is… everyone has loved what they have made up to now! Here are some of my lovely testers’ thoughts on their selected recipes:

  • Tania M made my Caribbean Style Chicken and said, “just made your meal and OMG…..so amazingly delicious!!!!! I am not a very good cook at all but this turned out so good and looked like it was straight from a gourmet resteraunt!! This is definitely going in my binder of recipes to have again!!”
  • Nancy B tried the Vegetarian Curry and said, “it was quite delicious! I am a decent cook but get stuck in a rut and don’t try new recipes or use a lot of spice – probably why I have gotten a little bored with my clean eating :0) I LOVED all the flavor in the recipe!”
  • Nikki T sampled the Apple Spiced Breakfast Bake and said, “This was really easy to make and smelt and tasted great. I loved the look of the recipe, everything was set out well and easy on the eye. I will definitely be making this recipe again. I was really impressed with the layout, I work for a book publishers so was impressed with how professional it looked, many ebooks such as these can look quite basic. The photographs looked great, the food looked very appetising and immediately made you want to make it. It smelt gorgeous when I got it out of the oven, I loved the texture – it was just like bread pudding.”
  • Shannon M cooked the Frittata with Cottage Cheese and reported, “I loved it. It was absolutely delicious. It was so easy to make and I loved that it has such a high protein content because as a vegetarian those dishes are hard to find without consuming a ton of carbs along with it. It’s a very versatile dish as well, the fact that it can be whipped up in short order for any meal of the day means it’s going to become a staple for sure. The photographs are gorgeous and the food looks so yummy. I love the colors that you’ve chosen, the layout and the style. It looks fantastic. I love that I can see the actual dish while I am prepping my own, that’s great. Nutritional information was awesome, I could see what I was going to be consuming and there was no guilt whatsoever! The finished dish didn’t taste at all like “health-food” as you know some healthy recipes can be terribly bland. I also love that this dish can be breakfast, lunch or dinner!”
  • Sarah Z made the Vanilla Protein Pancakes and said, “I have to say this was one of ‘THE’ best protein pancakes I have tasted and I have tried a few. I find with some recipes they leave you with this rubbery, plastic tasting pancake but was quite surprised that these tasted so good and that the portion was quite big so it was a good breakfast that certainly didn’t leave me hungry. I found the instructions were clear and precise, I also liked for the nutritional breakdown. The other good thing I liked about the recipe is the nutritional content is very balanced and included a good fat with the coconut oil. The pie chart is an added bonus for the those people who like a pictorial sample of the nutritional breakdown, and also the added bonus of a picture of the final product. All in all I found this recipe easy to follow, very tasty and I will certainly be making it again.”

I have a few more reviews in but I don’t want to bombard you with them all right now, let’s just say I’m a very happy girl with what I’m hearing back from people. I’ve got lots of confidence that anyone buying the book will find plenty things they like that will hopefully become some of their favourite go-to clean-eating dishes. That’s all I wanted when I started this.

I am still waiting on a few reviews to come back, so anyone who hasn’t sent their review in, please try to get it to my by the end of Wednesday, as I will make the draw for the free book on Thursday out of all those who sent their reviews in. I will contact the winner by email before announcing the result on here next weekend. Get cooking!!!

Next time I also hope to nail down a release date for the book, I’m just waiting on a few important things happening (including me finishing the book, ha ha!) and then I can set that date!

Janice.

When to Stop / Book Up For Grabs


Good day everyone, the start of another working week for most, and life without the Olympics – what will we do now that’s over? I guess we must move on and find something else to keep our interest going!

I haven’t watched too much of the games but I’ve caught all the important moments, many of them involving Team GB winning gold medals, which is amazing. So well done them. Shame Usain Bolt didn’t break the 100m or 200m world records but we all know he could if he tried 😉 It was fun to watch anyway.

So the finish line has passed for the Olympians, mine is still somewhere in the distance in terms of getting my Easy Tasty Clean book out there for general consumption. The question is… when to stop? Without counting, I’m guessing I have about 50 recipes in the book now, breakfasts, main meals, savoury snacks & sweet snacks, they’re all there in glorious technicolour. Originally I was aiming for 40 recipes, and when I discovered I’d already got to 45 I thought, well, 50 sounds like a good number. When I’m flicking through the pages I find myself thinking, wow, how on earth have I got to this point, it’s a LOT of stuff! So I feel proud of what I’ve achieved in a relatively short space of time, but how do I know when to stop?

I think that now my targetted release date is getting closer I’m starting to think more about what you people who will (hopefully!) download it will think of it. Are there enough recipes? Is there enough variety? What if people don’t like the taste? Have I catered for Vegetarians enough? As you can see, in my head the panic has slightly set in! I know I can’t please absolutely everyone all of the time but public opinion does matter to me, after all it’s your comments that will either spur other people on to get the book for themselves, or you could totally put people off from one bad comment. That’s not to say I want false praise, that’s almost as bad, but I just want it to be well received and liked by many. I have these little moments of panic every now and again but I know it will pass. Once I go over the pages of the book again I will feel more secure in the knowledge that I have cooked, photographed, tasted and written every single recipe in the book, and nothing is photoshopped to make it look better than it will when you make it, it’s all real.

BUT in the spirit of wanting things to be perfect, I am looking for 8-10 volunteers to try out some recipes for me, so if you’re up for it send an email to janice@easytastyclean.com and let me know whether you’d like to try a breakfast, savoury snack, sweet snack or main meal out for me. The first 6 will get their pick of dish to make and I will expect you to make it and send me back a little review within 7 days (no pressure!). I’m not looking for literary genius, just an honest opinion. Tell me if there’s any ingredients you can’t have. Obviously the information I send is completely confidential so I don’t expect it to be shared around freely thank you very much!! Oh, and one of the lucky ‘reviewers’, randomly picked out of a virtual hat, will get a free copy of the book the day it’s released. Sound good? Email me!

Speaking of sharing around… after speaking with another friend who is releasing her eBook very soon, I realise I need to get mine copyrighted, to prevent the contents being ‘borrowed’ by others, so this will be done the moment the final word is added to the book. It won’t affect the release date though.

In other news, I have taken on (yet another) challenge – starting September 1st I will be following Nancy Reinhardt’s month-long Challenge! I have taken my ‘before’ pictures so there’s no going back now, hee hee. The challenge involves a free weights program with some cardio and will hopefully get me back into better shape. After doing this book pretty much full time for the past couple of months I’ve let my exercise program slip, so I need to get back into it. Does anyone want to join me in the challenge? You only have 2 more days to sign up and the program will be sent out to you on September 1st. ‘After’ pictures have to be submitted by October 3rd. Of course, seeing as I look after Nancy’s website I can’t really win it, that wouldn’t be ethical, but I’m still very much up for committing to the challenge. See Nancy’s download page for more details.

So, who wants to be a guinea pig tester for me?

Janice.