I set myself a challenge. I took a gig at oDesk to ghostwrite a cookbook. It was to have a specific format in MS Word. It needed to be 20 recipes and about 25 pages in length. I completed it in roughly a week. I didn’t do it for the money, about $22.50 after fees. I did it to see if I could write more than a product review, and have a deadline. The ebook also had to pass Copyscape, which it did very nicely.
My other blog at Paladin Cooks illustrates the way I think about food. While I can’t publish any of the recipes on my own blog, it did give me some ideas about writing my own cookbook, built from recipes on my blog. The ebook that I wrote had no pictures. I love looking at food porn. I’ll need a better camera and a lot of practice if I want to produce the gorgeous pictures I see on other food blogs.
The other thing I discovered in the course of this writing job is that I can create recipes very easily. I read several published recipes, then altered some ingredients, spices, and even cooking methods to come up with a unique recipe. I lacked the time on this project to actually test any of my recipes. If I put together a cookbook, the recipes will be tested and fine tuned. After all, what’s a family for? They’re my “test subjects”!
I’ve also decided to take a short time away from freelance writing, like ebooks, product reviews and such. I want to concentrate on my Etsy shop, gathering products to sell. I also want to spend some time on my two blogs, and on doing some art.