Friday, November 30, 2012: The Lotus and the Artichoke - Vegan Cookbook went to print at Druckhaus Schöneweide in Berlin!
After many months of hard work, the cookbook was finally ready to print! The printing took over 10 hours and will cost almost $10,000 – nearly twice the original estimate because I decided on a luscious, totally full-color design, and added more photos, recipes, and pages. This was only possible because of the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter fundraiser and your incredible support and contributions.
As it turns out, all of the Kickstarter funding (about $13k after fees and backers' payments which did not process) is being invested into the printing, rewards, shipping, and other project expenses. My long hours and work over the last months remain unpaid until the success of the book sales. I have my fingers crossed, and I know with an awesome book and lots of great promotion, plus continued word-of-mouth excitement, things can only continue to rock!
The reviews from over 20 recipe testers were 100% positive and enthusiastic. Every day I have conversations both online and outside with people telling me how excited they are about the cookbook. Two local bookshops practically begged me to come with a stack of books as soon as they're ready. What's amazing to me about this project is not just the number of vegetarians and vegans that have been supportive, but the number of people of all walks of life and eating habits that tell me they're inspired and excited about the project.
One of many examples: The printer guy helping last Friday told me he loved working on this project. He says it's amazing that I'm self-publishing and have financed this with crowdfunding (i.e. your help!). He also told me: He never knew vegetarian food could be so beautiful and appetizing, and now he understands why his two sisters are vegetarians! (He also ordered cookbooks for them for Christmas.) This kind of stuff makes me so happy.
AWESOME. WHEN DO I GET MY REWARDS?
The cookbooks arrive from the printer on December 7th. I'll start shipping the orders immediately. The e-book should be ready by Dec 15. I just got the bookmarks today, the 4th version of stickers should arrive tomorrow, and the totes and t-shirts will be screen-printed on Thursday. What a week!
I'll also be scheduling a pick-up day for Berliners. Help us save on shipping costs, and let me get to meet you and say thanks in person!
Here's a photo of some of the new goodies and rewards:
Please forward this to any friends or family that would be interested. As always, I appreciate your support. It's been an incredible journey. I'm thrilled to have you along.
Love & Lorbeerblätter,