If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been working on another cookbook. Well, the campaign for it launched this morning, so I wanted to tell you a bit about it.
This project is a little different from my past cookbooks, for a few reasons:
1. It’s mostly done!
Unlike all of my other cookbook campaigns that were each started from scratch, this book is probably 80% done at this point.
It was actually released as “Sweet Corn Spectacular”, my first - and LAST - traditionally published cookbook. I had to make a lot of compromises to fit the publisher’s parameters, and was really unhappy with how it turned out. The name, cover, cover font, lack of photos - and the few photos they had were in black and white - it just wasn’t ME.
I had the rights reverted back to me a year ago, and have been working on giving the book an overhaul - it’ll now have full colour photography, with a photo for EVERY recipe... be in my voice, have more detailed directions where needed, and more. Also, I’ll be adding a few new recipes!
As the publisher's plan was to only include a few photos in the original book, not many of the recipes were photographed at the time - so we’ve been working on that lately, taking advantage of corn season.
2. “Legacy” and “Retail” book sizes.
Remember shortly after “More Than Poutine” came out, the printer raised their prices to the point where I’d need to significantly raise the price of my books, or change their size? Well, that’s made things tricky when it came to planning the reward levels for this book!
As someone with an eye to detail and patterns myself, I wanted to offer the opportunity to buy Maize Craze in the same size as all of my previous titles, before the change. I figured it would look silly to have multiple books from my line in one size, and then the final one (spoilers!) Slightly smaller.
SO - and this is only available through this Kickstarter campaign - I am offering “Legacy” sized books as an option. If you have any of my previous books - or have gifted them to people you would like to gift this book to - and would like to keep the same size here, that is the option you should choose. This is only available on a few reward levels, so be careful which you choose!
If size isn’t an issue, there are also listings for “retail” sized books - these are the slightly smaller books, and are a few dollars cheaper on this campaign.
Again, legacy sizing will ONLY be available through this campaign, so if you have a collection you’d like to finish off, this would be the time to do it!
3. It’s in .CAD!
I moved back to Canada, and that’s resulted in a few changes to the campaign, this time around.
Don’t freak out about the “high” prices on the rewards - they’re listed in Canadian funds. Give or take a few cents for the sake of rounding, they’re the same as they’ve been on all previous campaigns, just with currency conversion applied.
Additionally, there have been some changes to shipping, as logistics have changed.
Books will now be shipped both from the US and Canada, and the new prices reflect that. Books going to Canada have a slightly cheaper cost now, and books to the USA are slightly more expensive, reflecting the most recent changes to USPS shipping prices.
Canadian orders should arrive a lot faster now (depending on Canada Post!), and will not be subject to duty, etc.
4. No more international shipping
Figuring out international shipping tables has gotten far more complicated, and - from my experience - sweet corn isn’t as big of a THING in the rest of the world. So... we decided to save a few days worth of headache, and just not ship overseas from the Kickstarter.
That doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck if you live outside of the Canada or US, though - Feel free to pledge $1 to basically subscribe to member updates, and we’ll let you know when the book is available to be shipped overseas, from our normal website set up.
Our shopping cart system is Shopify, and is much better able to calculate accurate shipping costs specific to each country. I’m sorry to make you wait, but this way will be a lot better for everyone!
5. Much shorter campaign.
In the past, I’ve done mostly 60 or 45 day campaigns - and those take a lot of stamina and are prolonged stress. This time around - where our goal minimum is a fair amount lower than usual - we’re going with a 30 day campaign.
6. This will probably be my final cookbook.
... at least for the foreseeable future.
As an autistic woman I have somewhat weird cycles when it comes to careers - I do my thing, and then I’m done and move on to the next one. Sometimes I cycle back eventually - I’m back to doing spandex costuming after taking several years off - but I generally know when a change is coming.
Think of it like Doctor Who regenerations.
I’ve known for a while that my time with cookbooks is drawing to an end, I just wanted to make sure to right this particular wrong before I move on to my next adventure!
I sincerely thank every one of you for supporting my cookbook career along the way, and I hope you’ll stay in touch even after the last copy of Maize Craze has been distributed!
With all of that said, I would love for you to check out the campaign, which is now live at www.maizecraze.ca . Please consider backing it, sharing it on social media, etc. You know the drill!
Thanks in advance for your support, let’s have some fun with this one!
PS: As you may (or may not?) know, the first day of a Kickstarter campaign is the most important day, to really get the ball rolling. Starting out with a mob of backers trips something in Kickstarter’s algorithms, resulting in a lot of additional help from Kickstarter in showcasing the campaign to Kickstarter members. It can make a huge difference to the outcome of a campaign, so please consider backing / sharing today in particular.
Also consider this your heads up that my social media output today will very heavily be Kickstarter related!