I have found a great friend in Alan Lake, both a chef and, now, an author of a very good new book coming out on garlic. But I’ll let Alan share the back story on his book himself. Take it away, Alan!
A decade in the making, I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring The Garlic Manifesto to life–my manuscript on 10,000 years of the history of garlic. Beginning in Neolithic caves, The Garlic Manifesto makes its way to the pyramids, proceeds through Roman and Mongol invasions, past vampires, onto battlefields and up to the present day.
Containing facts, fiction, folklore, artwork, recipes, professional insights, quotes etc… it’s one stop shopping for all things garlic. Think NY Times bestselling books “Salt” or “Cod”- but a bit more personal.
It’s long been a dream of mine to publish my manuscript and at the moment it’s in an editor’s hands. Once returned, I’ll look over the changes and keep what I agree with or revert to the original text as I see fit. A necessary part of the process, most everyone benefits from an additional pair (or six) of informed eyes- but the final vision is mine alone.
Next is layout and art direction, and while certainly not a pro, at least I’m comfortable with that to some degree. I’ve hit up a couple of my artist friends for advice and have laid it out to my liking. Formatting follows once you have camera ready product to work with.
And printing, that’s as crazy as can be. I’ve actually gotten quotes as high as $82 a copy. Obviously, there’s other ways, but finding them, that’s the trick. Considered a vanity pressing because it’s hundreds not tens of thousands I want to start with, volume discounts do not apply although a dumb ass tax certainly does. That can be repealed slightly by arduous searching if you’re persistent (and lucky).
I intend to be both as the idea of all this coming to fruition in the next few weeks makes me positively giddy.