Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Cookbook is Almost Here!

Good news! I have finally finished the rough draft of the cookbook. I need to do a few edits and all that, but it is almost ready to go on sale. I had no idea it would be so much work!


The book's near completion raises the question of how to sell it. I was planning to integrate Google Checkout into my blog, but it is not available to Canadians (grrr). PayPal looks complicated, so I was thinking of selling it through eBay. It already has a PayPal option, and I can place a posting on both the Canadian and American site. I'm not sure how the whole thing works when you are selling a digital file, so if anyone has some advice I would be much obliged.

56 comments:

Kitty said...

I think you could probably sell it on www.etsy.com. I have bought from Canadian vendors on that site before.

lisa said...

If you're selling your book as a digital download, I'd suggest using a bookselling site like Lulu.com or Blurb.com. I think that would be the quickest and easiest thing to set up, as all the processes are in place and they do the distribution for you (eg someone buys from their site and they send them the digital file). Though they do take a few cents from each sale, it makes the process easy and painless for you. Plus they have a bookshop where your book can be displayed, so you might actually find a new audience as well!

Anonymous said...

Have you considered www.lulu.com?

Ricki said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to it. And, um, I can certainly relate re: how much work it is!! (still testing and typing away. . . ).

I've used PayPal for other purposes (cooking class fees) and found it easy enough to set up (and I am NO techie, believe me). It also lets you keep separate US/Canadian accounts so you don't have to lose money in conversion. I've never had a problem with it, anyway.

Carolyn said...

Congratulations! Faithful readers everywhere will be pleased. I'll bet Google checkout will get up to speed with Canada at some point, sorry they are not yet (note to readers, email them to death and I'll bet it will happen!)How did Isa and the trail blazing others in the vegan/vegetarian community do it?

Nasreen said...

I second the Etsy recommendation! I have bought digi files through there and have sold crafts there too.

Knit - R - Done said...

I bought some pdf knitting patterns from a Canadian woman on www.lulu.com. It was easy as a user.

Ron said...

Hi Vegan Dad,

I've bought both ebooks and printed self-published books from lulu.com.

That might be an option.

Cheers,
Ron (Australia)

Kristi said...

I was just reading the other day that eBay does not allow the selling of .pdf downloads (this is to limit the problems they have had with intellectual property issues, I believe). As others have mentioned, lulu seems like a good option since they deal with hosting and delivery. The downside of etsy is that every time you sell a copy, you have to email it yourself, as they do not do automated .pdf delivery.

LDM Flagg said...

I typeset a book for an elderly friend and her daughter put it up on lulu.com. Now anyone who wants to can order a hard copy. I second the recommendation for lulu.com, because I would rather have a hard copy than digital only. Your recipes deserve space on my cookbook shelf.

Lena said...

I am glad that you are not going with Google Checkout. I think Paypal is much more accepted in other parts of the world, so by going with Google Checkout you would also miss some sales from people who do not have a creditcard, which is very common where I live.

I also thought that Paypal was not hard to setup, but also second the lulu recommendation. You could even give customers the option of buying a paperback copy if you do that.

VegSpinz said...

I'm ready to buy your book! I'm so glad to see more and more great vegan works out there. Congratulations!!

Anthony said...

i second (third?) the lulu.com suggestion. it's such a cool site it would make you want to write a book – so it's good you've already done it.

ps: thanks for all the recipes (last night we had homemade sausages for the billionth time)

Chi-Chi said...

No real helpful advice. I just wanted to say that I'm so happy you're making such progress and are this close to finishing! :)

MsDerious said...

Don't forget your European readers :)

Vegan Dad is my fav food blog, and I'd be very upset if I couldn't get the book here in Merry Olde England!

Alejandra said...

I'm so looking forward!!!
please don't forget us, the people in Europe who love to read your blog!!!

Vegan Dad said...

European Readers,
I have not forgotten about you! The reason I am going for the digital download is so everyone from everywhere can get a copy if they so desire.

Amy said...

I would definitely look into Lulu.com - my friend Linda and I are looking into publishing our book there next year.

Deb Schiff said...

I'd be happy to do a review. :)

Chaos Mom said...

i have no helpful advice (i'm fairly technologically stunted), but i did want to say how much i'm looking forward to getting a copy of your book!

Erin said...

If you ever wanted to sell a hard copy I would be interested, even if it was a 'homemade' bound version. I would love to give them as gifts.

Thanks for all of your hard work!

lebkuchen said...

YAY!! I can't wait to buy your cookbook from whatever site you choose! Good luck!

Summer Fae said...

I can't wait! My hubby is even more excited than I am. :-)

Anonymous said...

any plans for a physical copy? i still enjoy having a book in the kitchen with me when i'm making food.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Tracy i selling hers through a site called Lulu.com.http://www.lulu.com/content/4929553

I can't wait to get your book!

Bianca said...

Hmmm...good question. I don't know anything about that stuff. But I do know that I'm gonna buy my copy as soon as its available.

Zephyr said...

What's to stop you from selling it on etsy, lulu, and with a paypal link? (well, it's a little more work for you to set up). Just link to the one that brings the most money to you on your blog, and keep the others up on their domains to market to folks searching for such things there!

Zephyr said...

What's to stop you from selling it on etsy, lulu, and with a paypal link? (well, it's a little more work for you to set up). Just link to the one that brings the most money to you on your blog, and keep the others up on their domains to market to folks searching for such things there!

woodenapples said...

you should use Etsy for sure, it's so easy to use, you'll get a huge readership and it only costs .20 cents to list an item.

kmouse said...

Paypal is the best option as you can accept payment from all over the world. Etsy is good too but the thing about that is you will have to set up a Paypal account anyway to receive payment which means for every sale at Etsy, you have to give them a small percentage as well as Paypal. So it's better to only have to give a percentage to one party instead of two.


And by the way, congrats on the book!!!!

aTxVegn said...

Congratulations on completing your cookbook. However you decide to sell, I'm sure I'll find a way to buy.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Amazon is going to start allowing the sale of self published books. You should look into it!
You can also advertise on your site and just accept payment through Google and PayPal. With eBay, you'd pay a lot for each sale anyway! HTH

Anonymous said...

Hey Vegan Dad,

Just wanted to say congrats on the book! I am SO excited. Even my non veggie boyfriend is excited because he likes your stuff too! I can't wait and I will be buying it no matter where it ends up for sale. :)

Vegetation said...

I have no selling advice, but it looks great :D

Sabryna said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Alena

www.smallbusinessavenues.com

Sabryna said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Alena

www.smallbusinessavenues.com

Virpukka said...

You could also ask from Jennifer from vegan lunch box blog how she did it with her book. I think she bublihed it first as selfpaid print and later got contract with it. I have that and your book sounds good too. Thought I'm Europian I usually buy my books as books because I must say that Im old fashion with written stuff and it's so much easier sit down with book to plan what to do as supper. But what ever you do I wait to see the final product.

aX said...

cheers mate, we'd definitely love to get hold of your ebook in europe. can't wait till the date it's going to be released.
keep up the good work and being a compassionate and passionate person as you seem to be.
love to canada from europe,
alessioX

Mark said...

For a free service, PayPal isn't too bad. We used it on MadCowboy for awhile and then found it was best for our purposes to go to a "paid-for-monthly and initial setup" service.

The major irritating thing about PayPal is if you want to pay by credit card, and you have a PayPal account tagged to that credit card but draw from a bank account, you can't: they want you to pull it from your PayPal account.

This was a couple of years ago; don't know where it is currently.

As to your cover graphic: I recommend making the rectangles the same size and a one-pt grid of some appropriate color to visually separate them a tad. The draft you posted shows overlap in the horizontal direction and doesn't look as crisp as it could.

Best of luck!

Mark

Shannon Mitchell said...

I am so so so excited for this cookbook. I'm also from a reeaally small Ontario town and know how difficult it sometimes is to find some ingredients! Your blog is by far my favourite ever !

dagecoutay said...

Congratulations on the cookbook. I've been following your blog for a long time and have really enjoyed it. Regardless, on how you're able to distribute the book I'm sure it'll be a great success. I've just started a blog http://theprairiechick.wordpress.com/ and it focuses on nutrition - mostly vegan but most of my family and friends aren't so I'll have info for omnivores as well. I've added your link to my blog - I hope that's okay? Take care and good luck.

Anonymous said...

What about amazon?

cosmicwild said...

oo cant wait till its finished :)

JohnP said...

I like the lulu.com suggestion, as it would be easy to make a paper version available, alongside the electronic one. However you sell it, I am looking forward to it!

Lisa said...

Just another recommendation for lulu.com... That way you can offer it as a digital download or a hard copy (which I would love to see)! :-)

Mike said...

Paypal is not as complicated as you think. You can make a button that, once clicked, will take the individual to a login page, automatically fill out the information, calculate shipping, and make the purchase quite simple. It gives you the code, and you just pop it right into your site (I bet you could paste it into the html editor of this blog).

It requires that individuals have a Paypal account, however. You'd be surprised how many people already do. I say use that option in addition to another option. It's free to setup, but there's a 10% charge on purchases.

Check out my site to see how I have a Paypal button set up. Email me if you'd like some assistance.

Veg-In-Training said...

Will you also be offering hard copies? I don't mind digital for a lot of things, but cookbooks are best felt and messed up with flying food. I'm excited that you are going to publish! Congrats.

Vegan Dad said...

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions. It looks like Lulu is a good option because it provides a paer and electronic copy option. I have a feeling, though, that the paper copy will be expensive. My original idea was to provide a .pdf file for download that you could print out at home and get bound at your local copy centre (or just hole punch and stick in a binder). I think that would be the cheapest option and the easiest. I will have the book ready for download by week's end.

harlemgrrl said...

too lazy to read the entire thread, however you sell the book i'm buying one.

tofuparty said...

Hello,

Congratulations with the book. It was probably a lot of work. I'm really looking out for it.
Also I want to thank you for thinking about your European readers. But I also want to remind you that not everyone has a credit card. (I don't have one, but if I really want to I can use someone elses.) It's not that common in Europe.
And a tip for everyone who prefers a hard copy: find a old rubbish book, with more or less the same pages as 'Vegan dad's cookbook', print your copy and glue the pages in the old book. It's some work but meanwhile you can dream of all the fantastic food you're going to make.

Kelly said...

Congrats on the upcoming book release. I second the Etsy recommendation. It's such a great site.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I stumbled upon your website a couple weeks ago and everything has been excellent so far! As far as selling your book: setting up a paypal is very easy and you would even be able to have a link on your website for people to pay. I will definitely be purchasing it when it's out!

Jenny said...

I'd love to have this book. I think it's a good idea to offer a download, but I'd love to have a hard copy available too if possible, that's be great!

Speedwell said...

I too would pay for the hard copy. It's just far too much trouble to have to swear yourself blind to the stupid copy shop flunky that despite the file being professionally typeset and edited and having someone else's name on it, you in fact DID pay for the right to print it out and have it bound.

Although it might be just worth it to make a copy with laminated pages, bound with a plastic coil so it opens flat.

herbstsonne said...

Can't wait!! :D

Cassafras said...

I'm so excited! I love your recipes!