Classes and Events Coming Up
Jumpstart Your Cookbook Proposal
February 8, 15 and 22, 2021
Civic Kitchen Zoom: Three 3-hour classes
13 students maximum
If you’re procrastinating about writing your cookbook proposal, you’re not sure what to write, or you need accountability and support, take this class.
Writing a cookbook or book proposal is a daunting task. I’ll provide practical, strategic advice and moral support. I’ll cover how the publishing industry works and what editors and agents look for in a proposal. Then I’ll discuss what goes in each section. You will write first drafts of several sections in class. At the end of three weeks, you’ll have the start of a proposal, with the knowledge of how to make it irresistible to an agent or editor.
Book proposals have a 1 percent success rate, so it’s critical to learn all you can before sending out your proposal.
Bonus: It’s difficult to see someone’s successful cookbook proposal, but I’ll share one of mine, which led to a beautiful cookbook by Rizzoli.
An interview with Faith Kramer
Author of 52 Shabbats: Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen
February 6, 3 p.m. PT
Omnivore Books, San Francisco
Join me as I interview Faith, a food columnist and recipe writer for the J, the Jewish News of Northern California. She’s also a former student. I’ve had the pleasure of dining at her table, eating her flavorful global dishes. Knowing Faith, there will probably be a snack, but she hasn’t told me what yet.
Less than 1% of cookbook proposals lead to published books. Learn the steps to build an audience, identify the type of book to create, pitch your story, and launch your first cookbook successfully. This panel discussion will feature published authors Mary Cressler, Kathy Hester and me, moderated by author Sean Martin. Mary and Kathy will discuss how they landed their cookbook deals, and I’ll talk about the landscape and strategies.
One-hour consult: $250
For years I’ve had a five-hour minimum for consulting. But now, through Delicious Experiences, we can do a Zoom call for just one hour or more. If you’ve wanted to start on your dream cookbook, get your book published, or get better freelance assignments, let’s move you forward with your goals. Writers at all levels have booked me to discuss a variety of topics.
(Top image courtesy of Green Chameleon on Unsplash.)