Since turning in my cookbook manuscript to my editor a few months back, things, for the most part, have been relatively quiet. As a first-time author, I’m learning that there’s a lot of waiting involved in the publishing process.
But just last week, during a most furious stretch of thumb-twiddling, my editor sent me a first draft layout of my book! A first draft layout is pretty much what it sounds like: a draft version of my entire cookbook that shows how my text and photos will be arranged (i.e. the overall design and aesthetic of what the completed book will look like once it’s finished).
I must say, after spending the better part of a year writing and photographing in a vacuum, it felt so good to finally see how my words and pictures are being put together by the great design team at Tuttle. I can’t even express how cool everything looks and how excited I am to be working on this project. It’s really starting to look like my book is coming to life. Huzzah!
But before I share a very quick peek at the shape my book is taking, I also want to mention that there’s been a change of title for my cookbook as well. Wha?!!
If anyone remembers as far back as last year, I tentatively titled my book “The New Filipino American Cookbook”. Admittedly, I never was too keen on this very generic title (even though I’m the one who came up with it).
So, a few weeks back, the publishing team at Tuttle and I decided to change the title of my cookbook to, drumroll please…
“The Adobo Road Cookbook: A Filipino Food Journey“.
Much more snazzy, no?
Yes. Yes it is.
And if that title sounds a bit familiar to some of you, that may be because it was borrowed from this article (about me) that was written by Amy Scattergood of LA Weekly sometime last year. The fine folks at Tuttle liked the article title so much, that we decided that it was a very appropriate title for my cookbook. Not only are the recipes in the book taken from my own personal journey in Filipino food, but they will also provide another sort of journey for readers and home cooks alike. And luckily for me, Amy gave her blessing to use the title (thanks again, Amy!).
Now that you’ve seen the new title for my upcoming cookbook, how’s about a quick peek at the layout?
The Title Page
Me and some Mystery Ladies in the Intro
A Sample Chapter About Something Called “Adobo”
Ok, that’s all you get for now. Just a whiff. I don’t want to spoil anything too soon, but trust me, there’s a lot more from where all that came from. And I do want to mention that there is a completed draft for the book cover as well, but I didn’t want to share that just yet either. Another thing I’m learning is that everything is always in flux, and there are always changes.
And there will be changes. After receiving the draft, I sent back a long list of suggestions to my editor about the layout. After the layout has been decided and set, then we can get down to editing the text. That’s right, the text hasn’t even been edited yet!
So even though there’s been lots of progress made since my last update, there are still miles and miles to go before the book is actually finished and released in Spring 2013. But don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted…