This all started when my husband and I arrived at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico for 5 months of training. My husband had some friends over and we quickly learned of their troubles - they were stuck living in the dorms without a kitchen! All they had were crockpots and microwaves! And to top it all off, McDonalds was right down the street.
This got me thinking... And within no time, this incredible cookbook idea was born! After a quick Google search, I realized that people everywhere would benefit from this idea! Between my love for cooking and my entrepreneurial spirits, I decided to take the leap - so here I am Kickstarter! Make my dream come true!
I then started my search for a publishing company and quickly learned of some limitations - like only 5 color photos for the whole book! Who would want a cookbook with only 5 pictures? So I searched a little bit more and found a publishing company that will allow me a full color book and a picture with every meal recipe! I decided that if I were going to make this cookbook, I would do it right - and will therefore be requiring a bit more funding for the color publishing vs the originally expected amount which only included 5 color pictures. I then came across their ebook page and it hit me! Why not make both! It will require some more money, time, and effort to design an optimized ebook version, but I am up for it! It has made the pricing for my funding goal interesting because I do not know which cookbook version people will back more, or how many cookbooks I will initially order (the more I order the cheaper obviously...) - but I have settled on my goal of $2,000 - I know this amount will allow me to produce both versions and everyone will be happy!
So not only will I be offering a physical cookbook, you also have the option to buy the ebook for iOS devices version as well!!!
And now (as of 6 Sep) you can get a PDF version of my cookbook! So no matter what smartphone, tablet, or computer you have, my cookbook will be available to you!
And now (as of 9 Sep) you can get a Hardcover Version!
The Cookbook, ebook for iOS Devices, NEW PDF version, and NEW Hardcover option
I am now working on four different cookbooks! A softcover version, hardcover version, an ebook for iOS version, and a PDF version!
-I plan to make 2 physical versions! The softcover cookbook will have a standard paperback binding and the hardcover cookbook will have a standard hardcover binding. They will be slightly smaller than an iPad Mini, 5x8 inches in size. Depending on funding, I will see if I can order enough cookbooks to bring the hardcover price down to a more reasonable price (Sep 9 update - this is happening! Hardcover version a go!)! My cookbooks will be in full color - because cookbooks should be! It will consist of the dedication pages, a table of contents, and 50 crockpot and microwave meals with full color pictures of what your delicious meals should, and will, look like ;) These recipes will be written for 1 to 2 people, but can be easy modified to serve more!
-The ebook for iOS cookbook will be composed just like the softcover and hardcover versions described above, but I'll have the ability to add some video and many more images!
-The PDF version will be just like the softcover and hardcover versions, but you'll be able to download it to whatever type of smart device or computer you have!
So the decision is up to you! But have no fear, I know that no matter which version you choose, you will be completely satisfied with my cookbook!
This cookbook is for everyone!!!
Whether you live in a dorm, a hotel, or an apartment - or you are single, married, male, female, young, or old! You will love the ease and simplicity of these meals! Just follow the instructions, sit back, and the crockpot will work its magic! This will not be a cookbook you dread opening - it will be simply written and easy for all to understand! No more complicated instructions, strict timelines, or certain culinary 'skills' required! This truly is for everyone and you'll quickly see how easy it is to make delicious meals that require very little effort!
I have come up with these meal categories - for now: Beef, Chicken, Pasta, Pork, Seafood, Lamb, and Soups.
Here are some of my meal names to get your mouths' watering :)
-Brittany's BBQ Porkchops
-Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs
-Spicy Steak Fajitas
-Gomer's Greek Chicken and Tortellini
-Rev's Rosemary Kielbasa Pasta (below!)
(Sep 15th update) New Stretch Goal of $8,000!!!
If we make it, not one, but TWO things will happen...
1. I will add 5 delicious DESSERT recipes to my Cookbook! So you will now get 50 meal recipes and 5 crockpot and microwave dessert recipes! Get excited!!!
2. My cookbook will become official (in the book world that is :)) and every copy will have an ISBN and barcode on the back! YAY!!! I know, not too terribly exciting for you (so you think), but this would open the door for me to sell this cookbook in stores for years to come as well as distribute it to libraries! Why you ask? Because if we hit $8,000, I will donate a hardcover cookbook to every Air Force training base library, on YOUR behalf, for those Airmen living without kitchens! I will also be trying to get my cookbook into retail stores as well as some online stores so that those who missed out on this Kickstarter will be able to get it!
-(Sep 9th update) A HARDCOVER version of my cookbook! We have raised enough money to make the hardcover version somewhat reasonable in price - I hope ;) Check out the new pledge options! EVERY HARDCOVER COOKBOOK WILL BE SIGNED BY ME :)
-(Sep 8th update) If I reach $2,500, I will be able to purchase a nice DSLR camera to take incredible pictures of my food! This would mean an even better Cookbook for each and every one of you!!!
-(Sep 6th update) I have been so thrilled with the support so far that I have decided to offer a PDF version of my cookbook! Check out the new rewards! No stretch goal needed! It will take some more time and money on my end but I want to do it! These first few days have been so exciting and I want this to get funded! So please spread the word - Anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or computer will now be able to get my cookbook!!!!!!!
I have already begun compiling my crockpot and microwave meal recipes! By the time my project ends, I will have selected my 50 best, tested, tried and true recipes, and have them ready to go to the publisher! I will also be working on the pictures for each of the 50 meals, and have already started the design and layout of the cookbook! If/When I reach my funding goal, I will solidify the deal with the publishing company and start the publishing process for the softcover and hardcover cookbooks! This process takes around a month (I've been told), which means you should have your cookbook by late November (early birds) or December of this year! You know what that means - you'll be making delicious and easy crockpot meals for the Holidays!
For all you ebook'ers and PDF'ers - expect to see my ebook cookbook and PDF cookbook on your iOS or other smart device in November! Since I won't have to ship you anything or wait on the production/printing, I know I'll have it to you by then!
I will be posting my progress along the way, so be sure to check back for updates!
My funding goal of $2,000 (WE DID IT!!!) will allow me to work with a publishing company who can meet all my cookbooks' needs. They will guide me through the publishing process and ensure an incredible color cookbook in a timely manner! They will also work with me to convert my physical cookbook into a beautiful ebook for iOS devices as well as into a PDF version! Your support will allow me to create this soft and hardcover cookbook, ebook cookbook, and PDF cookbook the right way, and give everyone the opportunity to eat affordable and enjoyable meals!
Thank you so much for your time and support! I know that you will love my cookbook and I cannot wait to get one into your hands or on your iOS device! I am truly grateful and so excited to pursue this dream! I realize that this would not be possible without you Kickstarters - so THANK YOU! This is such an amazing opportunity for me! Let's make this happen!
Feel free to message me with any questions at all and please tell your friends and family about my cookbook! If you are interested in a pledge or combination of cookbooks/ebooks that I do not have listed, please message me and we will figure it out, or just add on to your pledge and I'll get the details from you in the final survey once my project ends!
Risks and challenges
I do not foresee many risks in this project - If I meet the funding goal, I know I will come through and provide you with an amazing cookbook/ebook/PDF. In talking with the publisher, I have complete faith that they will provide outstanding publishing in a timely manner, and the ebook and PDF versions even quicker! If I do not meet the funding goal, then I will have just compiled many delicious meal recipes for myself ;)
The challenges that I may face after funding include balancing my time and potential publishing delays. I just had my first child 3 months ago, so he does take up most of my time ;), but I know that with the help of my husband, we will get the publishing process started as soon as we get funded! Once my cookbook is off to the publisher, it will no longer be in my hands - for this reason, I will ensure that I have selected the best publisher for this cookbook and that they have a successful track record in timely deliveries! I have allotted some 'extra' time in my proposed delivery dates as well, just to insure that you get my cookbook on time! The ebook/PDF versions should not see many delays since it doesn't involve shipping, production (printing), etc. so I know that it will be done by November! No matter which version you choose, I look forward to providing you with a fantastic cookbook!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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