Frequently Asked Questions
Shortly after I shipped the backer copies of "More Than Poutine" - my most recently completed Kickstarter campaign - my printer enacted a significant price increase. I had a choice: significantly raise the price of my books, or convert them to a different size.
As the size wasn't that much smaller - about an inch each in both length and width - that's the route I went.
As someone with an eye to detail and patterns myself, I wanted to offer the opportunity to buy Maize Craze in the same size as all of my previous titles, before the change. I figured it would look silly to have multiple books from my line in one size, and then the final one (spoilers!) Slightly smaller.
SO – and this is only available through this Kickstarter campaign – I am offering “Legacy” sized books as an option. If you have any of my previous books – or have gifted them to people you would like to gift this book to – and would like to keep the same size here, that is the option you should choose. This is only available on a few reward levels, so be careful which you choose!
If size isn’t an issue, there are also listings for “retail” sized books – these are the slightly smaller books, and are a few dollars cheaper on this campaign.
Again, legacy sizing will ONLY be available through this campaign, so if you have a collection you’d like to finish off, this would be the time to do it!Last updated:
I've had a few questions about how the card charging works, etc, so let me address that all here.
Basically, you're pledging whatever amount you want, towards the final goal of fully funding my cookbook project. Unlike some other crowd funding sites (which all work differently!), Kickstarter is "all or nothing". If we don't reach $5,000 in pledges by the end date of the campaign, the project doesn't fund, and the book doesn't get created.
Because of this "all or nothing" model, Kickstarter doesn't charge your card until the campaign ends, and ONLY if it's successful in reaching the funding goal. Your card won't be charged (Aside from possibly a $1 authorization charge, which drops off a few days later) until the end of the campaign!
So, if you are considering waiting for payday, feel free to go ahead and enter your pledge at any point. Then, you'll be "in" for any of the backer-exclusive posts that I'll make between now and the end of the campaign... and I'm working on some great exclusive recipes to post for backers!Last updated:
Yes and no. For recipes that aren’t inherently gluten-free, the main recipe will be “mainstream”, using wheat ingredients.
There will be a sidebar / alternate recipe for any of these recipes where a gluten-free alternative is possible, though. These alternatives will be developed in the same way my recipes are for Beyond Flour and Beyond Flour 2 - from the ground up, not simply substituting alternative flours.Last updated:
We had a funding goal of $10,000 USD for Beyond Flour, $7500 USD for Beyond Flour 2, and $5000 USD for More Than Poutine. After doing the math, we’ll need about $5000 CAD for this book, and there are two main reasons for this: Cost and Efficiency.
As far as cost goes, a good chunk of the original cost was covered by the small advance I received on Sweet Corn Spectacular. While we have costs relating to making and photographing the recipes, we don't have anywhere near the cost for developing recipes this time around.
As far as efficiency goes, this isn’t my first rodeo. After several cookbooks, I’ve gotten far more efficient about everything, and it makes a huge difference when it comes to cost. This applies to everything from recipe development to labour time.Last updated:
For one, the company we've been using for conversion and distribution didn't do a very good job the last time I did an e-book, and we had a lot of complaints. I really need to have better control on ensuring that the final product is a quality one - and I'm just not able to, in this area. I feel it's better to just not offer one, than to offer one that is substandard.
Secondly, the logistics with supplying a free download to backers was problematic. For security purposes, I could only have the link active for a couple weeks at most... but many people didn't download it during that time. Over the past year and a half, I've received a trickle of emails from people who hadn't downloaded it yet, each time requiring a reset of the download code.
Between the conversion and the distribution to backers last time, I am pretty burnt on the experience of offering an ebook.Last updated:
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