How to Self-Publish Your Next Cookbook

Learn what it takes to successfully launch an independent cookbook project and how to locate collaborators, funding, vendors, and distribution.

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The opportunity to publish one’s own work has never been more accessible than it is today. In this session, author/publishers Emily Kaiser Thelin and Kathy Strahs will share how they published their recent cookbooks, the successes and challenges they faced, and practical advice for those who are considering going out on their own for their next cookbook. You’ll gain a realistic view into what it takes to successfully launch an independent cookbook project, specific advice for finding collaborators, funding, vendors, distribution, and other key resources, and plenty of inspiration to bring your own cookbook concept to fruition.

This presentation is free and open to all! A recording of the webinar will be available to IACP members after the event.


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Emily Kaiser Thelin

Emily Kaiser Thelin is a writer, editor, former restaurant cook and author of "Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade Life" A two-time finalist for James Beard awards, and a former editor at Food & Wine, her work has also appeared in Oprah, Dwell, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. For five years during and after college Emily worked as a professional chef. She currently works for the meal kit delivery service, Sun Basket, and lives in Berkeley with her husband and daughter.

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Kathy Strahs

Kathy Strahs is the author of "The Lemonade Stand Cookbook", "The 8x8 Cookbook", and "The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook", and the voice behind the blogs PaniniHappy.com and CookingOntheSide.com. A former marketer with an MBA from Stanford, Kathy founded Burnt Cheese Press, a food-focused independent publishing company, in 2015. "The 8x8 Cookbook" received the Independent Book Publishers Association Gold Award for Best First Book-Nonfiction. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on Oprah.com, TODAY.com, and in numerous other national publications. She lives with her husband and their two children in the Silicon Valley.

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