Fresh off Pandora’s Plate is her first book, Nourished by Nature.
She shares her secrets on winning over stockists, chats about her processes and shares light on what it is like working with Fast Proof Press.
At Fast Proof Press, we love taking on first time self-publishers and find pride in teaching them the how to’s of book printing.
Feast your eyes on beautiful recipes and take in Pandora’s guiding wisdom.
About Pandora —
FPP: Can you tell us about yourself and what you do with your days?
About the book —
FPP: What can you expect to find amongst the pages of Nourished by Nature?
Beautiful wholefood plant based recipes with some vegetarian options, mostly gluten and dairy free. Absolutely delicious, nutritionally brimming, easy to make and fabulous looking recipes. A photo of every recipe is a MUST and some really great fun facts and nutrition tips throughout. The message is “to bring more plants to your plate for your health and the planets”. A very HERE and NOW message and for the future.
FPP: How long has it taken you to collect and build your recipes?
These are my every day staple recipes so it’s probably been built up over 10 years with a real focus on book worthy recipes over the last 15 months.
FPP: Did you design and photograph the book yourself?
About the printing process —
FPP: How did you find Fast Proof Press and why did you choose to print with them?
I rang about 20 Printers in Australia and Fast Proof Press was one of them. Dan at Fast Proof Press was my main man through the whole process. He was very personal and really took on the whole project with the same passion I had. With expert advice to my creative team, holding our hand all the way. I really loved that they were an Australian company at the right price with a sustainable ethic in their printing as well. They ticked all my boxes. My book was everything and more than what I expected and it arrived exactly on the day and time estimated!!!
FPP: Were you happy with the printing process?
Oh hell YES !!! I loved getting some progress videos of the project. I have recommended Fast Proof Press to everyone. The whole process was an absolute joy from right at the beginning to the end and beyond. It was very personal and the creative and practical advice was spot on as I was a complete novice in this area.
For others hoping to print their own book —
FPP: We’ve spotted your book in whole food stores in the local area and it looks like you have an extensive list of stockists! How do you go about approaching stockists?
Self published, self funded and self promoting certainly gives you reason to get on the hustle and get your book out there. I have created a media release profile that I email out and I also have printed. That attaches to every email and also every sample copy I deliver to potential stockists. It helps that I had the opportunity to present the book at the Bellingen Readers Writers Festival recently and it has now also been entered into the Australian Business Book Awards. But chasing stockists is a big task and it helps to have a plan, a good story and an extraordinary Book ! My stockists are now on to their 3 and fourth re orders which is great. I also travel up and down the coast with books in my car doing the cold call. Once people lay eyes on it, they love it and will order them.
FPP: Do you have any tips for someone manifesting a book project in their future?
Do it…….. But a good printer like Fast Proof Press with people who care and know the ins and outs of the printing world are the biggest asset to bringing your dream to life. “You always remember your first one (book)” The maiden voyage is the learning curve, and after that……………. Don’t stop at one!
Lastly, what’s cooking —
FPP: Do you have any other books or products you are currently working on?
Glad you asked…………. I was meaning to let you guys know that I am starting on a second book by popular demand. Just working on the back end and testing recipes that are going to get the thumbs up from my creative team. Heads up………I won’t be going anywhere else to get it printed but straight to Dan and Fast Proof Press. It was a whole happy experience from beginning to end. Love your work guys !