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Help Rach Publish her First Cookbook!

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Hi! I'm Rachel O. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to share my love of food with others.

For years I've dreamt of writing a cookbook
I've made 80+ YouTube videos to show people how to cook, I've written blog posts and shared hundreds of recipes. But now, I want to take the time to develop new recipes, tweak some favorites, and write their stories in a beautiful cookbook. 

I'm in the early development stages of the cookbook. But, I'm excited. I'm weighing the options. Self-publish, or try to find a publisher? Take my own photos or hire someone to take some of the work off my shoulders? Hardcover or softcover? Any of the options will take time and money. So, I'm asking for some help with the funding.

I've done a bit of research on self-publishing. Some of the pricier options can be upwards of $60,000. I want to do this well. But, I don't want to be ridiculous. So, I'm going to try to raise $30,000 (keeping in mind that GoFundMe keeps 5% of the total amount raised, plus 2.9% and $.30 per transaction). 

What would $30,000 cover?
Some (or maybe all) of the printing costs.
It would allow me to hire an editor, and maybe a photographer.
The cost of food for recipe development and testing.
The cost of maintenance or upgrades to my current camera, computer, and lighting equipment.
Utilities that are essential to the process (ie. internet and propane). 
Keeping the stove maintained and in good working order (we have a beautiful old Viking).
It would allow me the freedom to concentrate on this work by allowing me to continue to work from home.
GoFundMe fees.

In case you require more incentive than my undying gratitude...

Donate $1-$99
A thank you in the cookbook.

Donate $100-$999
You will receive a signed copy of the cookbook.

Donate $1,000-$9,999
You will receive two signed copies of the cookbook.
A personal note of thanks in the cookbook or a recipe developed with one of your favorite ingredients.

Donate $2,000+ as a sponsor 
Three recipes tailored to your company's ingredients (ie. skirt steak, or chipotle mayo)
Your company can be the sponsor for your company's category (ie. cheese), and any recipe that fits with your products will have your company's name next to it (ie. 1 pound your company's name ground pork)
In addition, your company will receive two signed copies of the cookbook and a personal note of thanks in the cookbook's thank you sponsors section. 
(Please email [email redacted] to become a sponsor)

Donate $10,000+
I think I owe you dinner, or a cute pic of the dog, whichever you'd value most (locals only, unless you want to fly out on your dime - dinner is for you and a guest, hosted by Tim and I at our home).
Two signed copies of the cookbook.
A personal note of thanks in the cookbook or a recipe developed with one of your favorite ingredients.

If you know me, have read my work, or we've ever had a conversation about food, you know that it's my favorite thing to talk about. Please help me to bring my cookbook to your kitchen, and to the world.

Thank you for your consideration. I'm grateful in advance for any help you are willing to give me.  

Rachel O


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Rachel Oberg
Monterey, MA

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