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Renia CarsilloBy Renia Carsillo
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Renia CarsilloBy Renia Carsillo
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About

Call me crazy, but I’m not sure anything so shapes the day-to-day moments that make up a woman’s life—and mental state—as her relationship with food. 

Except possibly men. 

Nearly every defining moment in my 30-something life involves one or the other...

So begins my little book on two big subjects: Men and Cooking.

(Read an excerpt from The Development of Taste by clicking here.)

About the book:

 The Development of Taste is the story of how I found my own unique set of tastes. 

This book is the story of how our relationships with men and food constantly ask us to question our female desires, our own needs, and our own tastes.  

I humbly invite you to stand still and have a bite or two with me.  It is my greatest hope that it will help you, in some small way, to develop your own recipes for life, love, and dinner too.

About the Incentives: 

About Renia:

I came into this world on a day known as “The Great Disappointment” to the conservative Seventh Day Adventist community I was born into. I spent the first quarter century of my life trying to escape that birthright. My Mother swears that I popped out of her womb with a book in one hand and the other reaching for “something better.”

Whatever it was, “something better” had to involve escaping the near poverty of my early childhood. Baths in a five gallon bucket and memories of an outhouse for a girl born in 1983, gave this chronic striver a reason to think that money means better. 

After sprinting through my youth with years of striving and sweating, I did it; financial success was mine.  Yet happiness and purpose remained elusive. My children did not know their mother.  My “perfect” husband did not know or understand his wife and so could not possibly support her dreams. Not that I actually knew what those dreams were.

At 25, I had what would be to a person on a normal life track, a mid-life crisis. It smacked me over the head like a mad-grandma chasing a burglar from her cupboards with a cast iron skillet.

In true over-achiever style, I made it a BIG one.

By the end of it, I lay flat on my back, looking up at an angry ol’ lady you might know as Mrs. Failure.

 I had, for the first time, failed to achieve what I set out to do.  I failed as a wife, as the matriarch of a traditional family, as a business woman, as a friend, and I even failed as a born-again-vegetarian.

Finally, left with no other options, I did the thing I spent my whole life avoiding. I stood still. It was the first time since learning, long ago, how to reach out for something better that I allowed myself a moment to just BE.

Once I let my tired arms stop reaching I could use them for better things; to hold my children, to stir my favorite tortellini soup, to caress the stubbly chin of a man who saw me and loved me far before I did. Once that happened, my fingers started itching; searching for a pen, and a voice, and soon a spatula.

The Development of Taste is the story of my life. A life that was shaped, for far to long, by men and calorie counting and trying to conform to someone else's tastes.  

I'm sharing it with you, because somewhere in the the middle of all that failure, is a recipe for a pretty darn extraordinary life. 

Risks and challenges

I foresee the biggest challenge, in self-publishing this book, to be the visual aspects of its creation and marketing. A significant piece of the budget for my project will go to cover design, internal layout, and the creation of professional video trailers and introductions (as you can see, my video creation skills leave something to be desired). I have a graphic designer and videographer already committed to the project.

The most significant risk in this project is the completion of the work. The book is just over 50% complete and all of the recipes are fully developed. Writing and editing must be finished by the end of 2013 in order to meet the launch timeline of February 1, 2014 (just in time for Valentine's Day). I am working with a dedicated group of writers for National Novel Writing Month to finish the work in November and have an editor committed to the project for December. Producing the work on time will rely largely on how much time we take in editing.

The second challenge is choosing a publisher and distribution channels. We are currently looking at three options. Which we choose is dependent on how much the Kickstarter campaign raises. I've self published once before under my own name and worked on a few projects as a ghostwriter so I am familiar with the process and do not foresee major challenges no matter which route we choose.

A small book project like this is a huge undertaking for the author, editors, and designers. However, the risk is small to most potential backers. I've purposely set this project up primarily for small backers ($13-113) so you can be a part of one fledgling author's creative process for less than a nice dinner.

I will be publishing excerpts and video updates on The Development of Taste Blog (which has been an active community for two years) at least weekly so all backers will be able to see the progression of the project.

This isn't my first book project (and I'm sure it won't be my last). I'm confident that with your help, we can make this book a success!

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    A CHANCE TO MAKE RENIA BEG FOR MERCY. Pledge $1 and along with my gratitude and heartfelt thanks, you'll have the opportunity to name ONE INGREDIENT in an entirely original meal Renia will create using ALL the ingredients named by her $1 backers. The process of creating this meal will be recorded and shared via YouTube just in time to aid in the creation of your holiday feasts. Fruit Cake and Spam anyone?!

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    FULL DIGITAL PACK WITH AUDIOBOOK: (PDF + audiobook + ePub + mobi) for The Development of Taste and 2 Weeks of Stress-Free Dinners. This level includes PDF + epub + mobi formats PLUS additional Essays AND a high quality recording of the audiobook which I will record right here in my humble kitchen. Pretty tasty for less than the cost of lunch huh?

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    PLUS 2 PRIVATE CLASSES. You'll receive everything above, PLUS a private webinar on cooking delicious meals for less than $10 and a second on the process of writing, recipe development, and publishing used to create this book. I'd rather you go for the no-brainer option to get the book in hand too, but this $30 says you believe in this project and want to say happy 30th Birthday Girl!

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    PLUS LIMITED FIRST EDITION. You'll receive everything above, PLUS a Limited First Edition copy of The Development of Taste with a personal inscription from yours truly (or you can ask me to please please not sign it! Don't worry, I won't be offended). You will also be listed, on the companion website, as a helper to fierce, sexy 30-something Momma's everywhere. Note: this is not a dating service, but it could be :).

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    THE TASTY NO-BRAINER OPTION. In addition to receiving EVERYTHING above, you will receive your book in a box filled with Renia's favorite local treats (holy Strawberry Cookie batman!).

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    THE PIMP MY STUFF OPTION. In addition to EVERYTHING listed above, Renia will wear your T-Shirt/Bandanna/Tutu/Jersey/whatever...for one of her 2014 Races AND run a feature about your cause/business/art on her blog. Please Note: You must provide the item to wear. In addition to helping you put the word out, you're also getting the ebook package, a limited edition autographed copy of the book, a couple awesome free webinars, a private call to discuss your goals, and some seriously yummy goodies from Florida.

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    COOK WITH ME. Want to learn to make a perfect loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Bread, how to meal plan and grocery shop for special dietary needs, make your kitchen smell like NY street food, or wow a crowd with a decadent seven course holiday feast? This option is for you. I'll spend a day with you, in my kitchen or yours, helping you do just that. Note: This option does not include any necessary accommodations or groceries. If you're not within 3 hours of Tampa, Florida please submit a question about the cost of travel accommodations before choosing this option.
    *In addition, you're also getting the ebook package, a limited edition autographed copy of the book, a couple awesome free webinars, a private call to discuss your goals, and some seriously yummy goodies from Florida.

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    IMMORTALIZE YOUR KITCHEN SAVVY-SELF. Three backers will become the stars of a special story and have their favorite recipe featured in the book's "Playing Nice With Others" section. In addition, you will receive 3 copies of the book to share with Great Aunt Hilda to prove you really did get yourself published after all! Note: You must work with Renia on the perfection of your recipe and the ingredients list.

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    BE A STAR for savvy Moms! Be a 2014 Sponsor of The Development of Taste Blog. This option includes monthly promoted post/review, Facebook, updates, and 125x125 web ads for all of 2014!

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    WRITE MY WEBSITE OR FIRST SIX BLOGS. For this option, Renia will write up to 10 pages (or 10,000 words) of website copy for your business/personal website. Alternately, I will ghostwrite six blogs. Renia's clients typically pay between 4k and 7k for similar work. In addition you're also getting the ebook package, a limited edition autographed copy of the book, a couple awesome free webinars, a private call to discuss your goals, and some seriously yummy goodies from Florida.

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