During the interview, Green shared details about why she decided to self-publish her cookbook by using the funding method:
“I then realized that with Kickstarter, I [would] have to put this book together myself. So I did the test recipes and I found the photographer and an art director. I wanted my fingerprints on every page and they really are. Everything about this book has been chosen by me.”
While opening up about project and its backer rewards, Green explained:
“We funded in five days which I did not expect at all. That was kind of extraordinary but what it means is that we can now proceed with the printing. We’ll fulfill the books, we’ll be sending them out in October and so it’s the same as pre-ordering a novel in a book store. You can buy my book for $25 and you’ll get it in October.
“This is a limited edition print run, it’ll be a collector’s edition. Because we’ve funded it, we’ll be able to publish all kinds of lovely things. I would love to do another cookbook maybe a slightly different version. I may either do it myself or I may look for a publisher next time around.”
Revealing her thoughts about self-publishing, Green noted:
“It’s been a fascinating learning curve. What I’ve come to learn with self-publishing is that if you want to provide readers with something of equal quality, it requires the same amount of time and expense. I could have self-published and thrown something together and turned it up online but I didn’t want to do that; I wanted to create something that looked really beautiful and had long lasting value.”
In regards to her advice for other writers, Green added:
“When you stay stuck in the same groove, your creativity can dwindle. I definitely felt that I was on a bit of a treadmill and actually, stepping out of my comfort zone and using my creativity in a completely different way has just brought this incredible passion back into my life, which has spilled into every area. I’m energized in a way that I wasn’t before so if you’re a creative person, and we writers tend to be, the more cases we can express that creativity, the better.”
Since its launch last week, Green’s Kickstarter has successfully surpassed its initial $45,000 thanks to over 550 backers. It is set to close on July 14th.
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