Frequently asked questions

How much is the program?

Sign up is a one-time subscription fee of $49.95. When you're ready to publish your cookbook, we discount the fee making the program free of charge.

What's next?

You'll receive a welcome email with a link asking you to provide us with some details to help set up your account.We use the services of Google. Once we receive your answers, you can login into your Google account via the website. If you don't have a Google account and have opted for us to create one, you'll receive a Gmail and temporary password to log in.

What's involved in creating a cookbook?

There are 3 main steps.

Step 1 Select name from the drop down menu on our website. Recipes are fed directly into your Recipe library. To access and edit recipes in the library, simply log in to your Google account via our website.

Step 2 Upload personal images, drawings and artwork you'd like to feature in your cookbook. There's no limit to how many personal images you can feature in your cookbook.

Step 3 Your chosen template design is then uploaded into your account. We import recipes into chapters of your choice, ready for you to add personal images as well as selecting images from our stock library.

That's it. Fill in the PUBLISH MY COOKBOOK and we do the rest.

What if I have already typed up recipes on my computer?

You'll need to cut and paste them into the SUBMIT RECIPE FORM on our website. This is because each recipe is fed directly into your Recipe Library with font styles and book size you have previously selected upon sign up. Pasting recipes direct into the cookbook template has formatting issues and no font setting applied.

Can I invite other people to submit recipes?

Absolutely. All they need to do is jump onto the Create a Cookbook website and select your name. It's as simple as that. Their recipes will be added to your Recipe library.

What's copyright on recipes from other sources?

The recipe title should be unique to the author. Ingredients are not deemed as creative but technical and therefore there is no copyright issues. However, the recipe method is deemed as creative writing and therefore copyright. The method needs to be written in the author’s own words describing how they made the recipe. If your inspiration comes from a published author, you can also quote that you were inspired by.... adding the name of the author/published cookbook. You cannot publish a recipe word-for-word from any other source unless you have their written permission.

How do we work out how many pages our book will be?

You decide how many pages in total. It comes down to how many recipes and photos you can fit on each page. However, note that your inside pages need to match the quantity pages as indicated on the Pricing Calculator. Inside pages start from 24 and increase in increments of 8 pages at at time. Therefore, if you have 141 inside pages in total, and the book size according to the price calculator is 144, then the last 3 pages of your cookbook will print as blank pages.

How can we cover the cost of our cookbook before going to print?

If you're creating a cookbook as a fundraiser, adding sponsorship not only enables you to cover a substantial, and in some cases, the total cost of your cookbook. This makes creating your cookbook “risk free” with every sale100% profit. Download the fundraiser guide giving you an overview of what you need to do. Upon sign up, you can request various templates to use for your fundraiser, including a recipe request form, pre-order form and a sponsor contract as well as other various templates and tools you might find useful to achieve your goal.

How many personal images can we place in our cookbook?

As many as you like. We have lots of page templates to choose from that allow you to feature one or lots of images on the same page. You can also feature recipes or text on the same page as your images.

How do we check the quality of personal images?

Read the articles in your account detailing what size and type your images need to be. You will also find an article showing you how to check the quality of your image before going to print.

What is a pre-designed template?

We've designed lots of templates eliminating the daunting task of creating a cookbook from scratch. Simply choose a style. Template styles include country, outback, modern, simple, sleek and pre-school etc. We also offer a custom template design service if you don't see anything you like. Let us know what you have in mind and we'll create a template especially tailored for you.

Tell us about your Stock image library?

In addition to using your own images, you can use as many professionally styled food and background images from our Stock library as you like at no charge. Yep! All free of charge, with no limit to how many you can feature in your cookbook. There are 1000s of food and background images to choose from and our library is growing every week.

What if I can't find a stock image to match my recipe?

No problem. Send us a copy of the recipe and we'll go searching for you.

When do we need to decide on the final print run?

When you're ready to publish your cookbook. You can find the link "PUBLISH MY COOKBOOK" on the bottom of our website page.

Do I get to see the final digital copy before print?

You sure do. When you're happy with the final PDF print-ready copy in your account, simply fill in the SIGN OFF AGREEMENT link located at the bottom of our website page.

How long do the books take to print and ship?

Depends. Refer to the Price Calculator on our website. Type in the quantity and other details first. Then you'll see the production timeline calculator. Type in your postcode and this will give you an approximate time for printing and shipping.  

Are there any other hidden costs?

Add-ons are optional extras that you can feature for your cover. If you are interested, contact us. Depending on the cover type of your cookbook and quantity, we can let you know what we have to offer and prices.

If you've selected seafreight as your preferred shipping method, and live more than 50km from the CBD, then you'll need to collect the books from the freight carrier, or else we're happy to provide contact details to enquire road freight costs. Note that shipments to Tasmania, the nearest CBD for collection is Melbourne.

How long do we have to check the cookbooks once they arrive?

Exactly 7 days from delivery of shipment. We recommend you ask volunteers to help check them. We provide extra books just in case damage occurs during transit. It’s important to thoroughly read our terms and conditions/return policy and distribution to determine what is deemed as a faulty cookbook. If you do have an issue, distribution of the books cannot commence until the matter has been resolved.

If we sell all our cookbooks, can we reprint?

Of course you can. Our prices are heavily discounted anyway, so just select the quantity you'd like to reprint in the price calculator. Get in touch with our customer service for further details.