Jane Green, whose novels include Jemima J, Straight Talking, The Patchwork Marriage and Tempting Fate, chose self-publishing for her cookbook Good Taste. She used the creative projects funding platform Kickstarter to fund the book
Speaking to Galley Cat, Green said she has been incredibly lucky with her novels, but she hadn’t been sure if anyone would be interested in a cook book, which is why she decided to self-publish.
Green is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute. A recipe book, she says, was a long-held dream of hers.
Self-publishing, she said, had been a fascinating learning curve for her and she added that it had required the same amount of time and expense.
Asked about the “stigma” of self-publishing, Green said she thought the entire model of the publishing world had changed and doing what you’ve always done and expecting to get what you’ve always got no longer worked.
Readers expected more connection with authors these days through social media, she added. Green’s recipe book has been promoted on social media by the likes of Martha Stewart and Jodi Piccoult.