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How to Write and Self-Publish a Cookbook on Kindle

Writing for Kindle

Writing the Cookbook

After mainly publishing crochet and knitting patterns on Kindle I decided to put together some old recipes I have collected over the years and put them in a cookbook on Kindle. The goal was to see how well cookbooks sell on Kindle.

The first thing to decide before writing a cookbook is what types of recipes that you want to publish. Cookbooks sell well if they have a specific niche such as cakes, cupcakes, baking, pies, casserole dishes, main meals, or a general cookbook from appetizers to desserts.

Start out with preparing your cookbook and organizing your recipes, make a few of them and take some photos to add to your book.

When starting to prepare the book think about writing a few paragraphs about your recipes, where they came from and some helpful cooking or baking suggestions. I would suggest getting a copy of Recipe for a Cookbook on Amazon to help you get started.

Another good source about getting started writing on Amazon Kindle is to follow PWalker281 Hub about publishing patterns on Kindle. Even though it is another subject it will help with the writing and publishing steps and guide you along with some useful tips,

One other terrific resource found right here on HubPages is Write a Cookbook. The Hub reviews the process and outlines printing a book through CreateSpace on Amazon. It also provides resources for free software programs and how to format and layout your cookbook.

Look around on Amazon Kindle for what types of cookbooks do well and decide what to write your book about. Some ideas or suggestions to help you get started preparing a cookbook are on subjects such as:

  • 5-minute meals
  • Gluten-free cooking
  • Healthy meals
  • Low-Calorie Meals
  • Crock Pot Meals
  • Best Time Saving Meals
  • Cookie Cookbooks
  • Holiday cooking and baking
  • Cooking with Kids

Formatting and Writing a Cookbook

Publishing on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble PubIt

Once you have decided on a compelling title and researched your book it's time to get started writing your cookbook.

The cookbook should contain all the basic elements of a good book including a great cover page, eye-catching title, table of contents, basic cooking instructions, terrific recipes and formatted and laid out properly so that it is easy to read.

If you are unable to provide photographs, you may be able to use public domain images as long as you let the reader know that where your resources came from.

No ISBN number is required when publishing on Kindle or Nook. This makes it easier to publish as many book as you want. The other nice thing about Kindle and Nook is that readers do not need to own a Kindle or Nook in order to download a book. They can read book from iPhones, iPads, PC, laptops, and many other available devices,

In order to format a book for Amazon Kindle start by going to the Amazon KDP page and read all about getting started, how to format your books, publishing and many other helpful guidelines.

Many people use MS Word which works well on Amazon and Barnes and Noble PubIt. Keep formatting simple as most of these devices were meant to read simple text. If you use color photographs remember that the Kindle Fire and the Nook are the only e-Readers that view items in color.

Make sure you provide an eye-catching cover with a great title. Don't make it too busy just design is well enough to capture a readers attention. Another thing is to write a compelling description on Amazon for your book.

In order to learn more about formatting a book and self-publishing I would recommended visiting one of the many Hubs listed below that do an outstanding job of outlining how to publish a Kindle book step-by-step. The writers provide examples, along with clear and concise information and suggestions on how to do this properly.

Promoting Your Cookbook

Once you have your book published on Amazon there are many ways to promote the book through on-line resources.

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The first thing to do is to go to your books page and put tags on the Amazon page. Scroll down to where is say Tags and enter a few keywords.

Also, be sure to create an author page on Amazon letting people know about you as a writer, what books you have written and any other information you may want to share. Introduce yourself to your readers. Make sure your author profile is complete. You can use Author Central to upload your picture, add a biography, view and edit your bibliography, and create a blog to speak directly to readers.

Promote yourself online by social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Create a blog about you as an author, your cookbook, and articles you may want to share with your readers. Be sure to post messages on message boards, join communities related to your books subject, and share your book with family and friends.

Amazon also suggests printing your book with CreateSpace, uploading videos and trailers, and joining the Amazon Associate program to earn an additional 4% on every sale.

Before publishing any book be sure to proofread it carefully, make changes and learn as much as you can about writing and self-publishing. It's much less complicated that what it seems to be so be sure to not make the same mistakes I made before publishing such as not creating a well-thought out cover or not formatting your book correctly.

Once again, be sure to read some of the links and Hubs I have shared below. The articles will provide a better understanding on publishing, formatting and promoting your Kindle and Nook books.

Hubs and Articles about Self-Publishing on Kindle


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 15, 2014:

All good suggestions for any writer, whether it be recipes or novels.

CraftytotheCore on July 19, 2013:

This is very useful! I have some of my grandmother's recipes that no one else has that I thought I would publish in to a cookbook in her memory. I had no idea where to start! I do now thanks to you! :)

Jay Dickens on June 07, 2013:

I'd love to publish some of our old family recipes. I hadn't thought about creating a Kindle book, but it sounds very do-able. Thank you!

PWalker281 on July 07, 2012:

Hey Sara, I've had patterns up in the Kindle store for several months now. Haven't gotten rich quick, so there's still a lot of learning to do, especially re: marketing. I'd like to publish more; just haven't figure out what yet. And I'm sure there are a lot of things you're good at that you could write about and turn into a Kindle ebook :-).

Thanks for your comment!

Sara Duggan from California on July 06, 2012:

@PWalker281 does a great job explaining how to publish a crochet pattern. I do have that on my "to do" list. I'm so good at cooking so I'll leave that up to you and others who have a knack for it.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 01, 2012:

Good to know there are other publishing outlets available other than traditional print. Will look these up to perhaps publish my own books. Voting this Up and Useful.

Helena Reimer on February 27, 2012:

These are some great tips and resources. Definitely will bookmark so I can keep coming back. Thank you.

craftdrawer (author) on February 27, 2012:

Thanks CloudExplorer for your nice comments!!

Mike Pugh from New York City on February 27, 2012:

Awesome informative article here, I like the Idea of publishing an my own book, and surely doing it on the Kindle. I love Amazon, and what they do for us entrepreneurs and writers today.

I'll make sure to use this hub as a reference when it comes time for me to make that move indeed. You definitely know how to put a good tutorial together, and a how to article.

Great job! Voted up, and I pinned this up on my Pinterest network earlier today, since I skimmed it at first, and knew it was surely a great article for those interested in self publishing such as myself, when I returned to complete the reading of it, it proved to be so.

craftdrawer (author) on February 26, 2012:

I am not the best cook but I had some old recipes that I use to make and assembled together for a short Kindle book. Thanks for the nice comments your Hub was a great inspiration for me to write this one!!!

PWalker281 on February 26, 2012:

Hey crafdrawer, if I were a great cook and had my own recipes, I'd definitely take a shot at this. Sadly, that is not the case :-). But this hub will definitely help those who can cook and are interested in creating a cookbook for the Kindle.

Thanks so much for plugging my hub about creating crochet patterns for the Kindle! Voted up and (very) useful.

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