If you adore growing and cooking healthy food as much as I do, you would jump at the chance to work on a cookbook with an amazing and world-reknowned chef. There were only a few problems to surmount... mainly out-of-date and missing original material. Converting the available digital files wasn't difficult, but there were many file glitches and font problems to overcome. The most difficult part was producing the cover using no original files. Matching the fonts, colors and images with an updated look was the type of challenge that I thrive on!
As this was a Second Edition of a popular best-seller, it was clear that it would be getting attention from fans and other famous chefs. Also those who have followed her extensive career would be thrilled to see her new recipes. It needed to be simply fantastic and yet visually reminiscient of the original. To achieve that goal, Holly provided scans of old family photos, including images of her television appearances with celebrities and other chefs. I restored these faded images to their original brilliance using Photoshop.
This indoor grilling cookbook was printed as a 304-page, 7.5x9.25 inch, perfect-bound volume. I produced both black and white and color versions, including an introduction with nostalgic photos, 50 complete menus and detailed cooking charts. I also produced a full-color interactive Ebook with bookmarks, cross-references and a hyperlinked Menu Index. This modern version of her cookbook can be used on desktops, tablets, iPads, and smart phones. Holly's book is available for purchase here: Buy on Amazon!
July 9, 2015
"Phyllis Peterson did an outstanding job for me while accomplishing the impossible. She simultaneously formatted two very different books: Grill Power: Second Edition™ and Holly’s Ukulele Method™ both as hard-copy and interactive Ebooks. This was no small feat. Her first challenge was to create Grill Power: Second Edition™ out of incomplete, outdated QuarkXPress files. The first edition that sold 50,000 copies was originally published by QVC Publishing, who gave me the files over ten years ago. Since I never owned the Quark program, I didn’t know that the publisher failed to give me a copy of the cover! Not only did Phyllis do an excellent job reconstructing the cover, she also recreated the interior content and made both cover and interior formatting light-years better than the original. Phyllis also created an interactive full-color Ebook version of Grill Power: Second Edition™ that will get any E-cookbook user inspired to heat up their grill and try my recipes!
"Holly’s Ukulele Method™ was 10 years in the making. My wonderful music editor, Charylu Roberts (SelfPublishMusicBooks.com) started the publishing process by formatting and editing the music and did the initial content formatting. Phyllis then took over and turned the book into magic. She created a cover that is so engaging, people who have never played the ukulele are inspired to purchase an instrument and start playing. She enhanced the interior of the hard-copy book and then created a full-color Ebook that simply rocks the house. She embedded all 86 instructional MP3s with each musical exercise and song, making the Ebook extremely user-friendly.
"Through our 2-year business relationship, Phyllis was a dream to work with. She always had a positive, can-do attitude, an infinite well of patience, had great ideas to improve both books, a discerning eye for detail, did great editing of the material and always delivered on time or before. I would highly recommend Phyllis to anyone considering self-publishing."