Life has been a whirlwind in the last few days! I launched my ebook on Sunday evening (Australia time) and I couldn’t be happier! On Sunday evening, I was so nervous and excited to finalise the ebook that I was pretty much sweating sitting down in front of my laptop. I’m not a kind of person who sweats a lot so it just shows how much adrenaline was pumping through my body!
I developed the ebook because I’ve had soooo many requests for recipes of the raw treats that I post on social media. I own a raw vegan cake business so I was posting raw treats on my social media left, right and centre. I have perfected the recipes to the best of my abilities and tried and tested each at least 5 times. There’s no way I’m selling food or giving out recipes if I’m not confident in them.
The ebook is over 70 pages and 25 recipes categorised under: Snacks and Morsels, Tarts and small cakes, Raw cheesecakes, Frozen Treats and Condiments. It includes recipes of my very popular Snickers cheesecake, Berry and Lemon cheesecake, Ferrero Rochers, P&J Ferrero Rochers and soo many more. I also included a guide on how I decorate my bespoke raw cakes (which have circulated recently on social media so ridiculously quickly I still don’t fully comprehend it), a background of my food philosophy, essential kitchen equipment, pantry items etc etc.
Over the last few days, I’ve received so many kind comments from people outside my social circle on my ebook, my photography etc etc. I am so appreciative of everyone’s kindness but it often leaves me in a confused state because, at the end of the day, I am a real person with real struggles and so many people don’t know what goes behind the scenes. So I thought I’d share with you 5 behind the scenes facts of how I created my ebook:
1. I created the majority of the ebook from the comfort of my bed.
I live in a small studio and it gets really chaotic when I’m juggling so many things at the same time. My kitchen is tiny so my study desk is used as a photography table and blender station. That means my bed has become my full time desk. It’s soft, warm and comfortable and doesn’t hinder my productivity. Apart from issues with posture, comfort trumps social conventions any day.
2. Almost every single prop used in the ebook was purchased from an op shop or gifted to me.
I hate buying new things when I know I can get something of similar quality at the op shop. Plus, things from op shops have so much more character! There is so much waste in this world and I do my best to minimise my impact on the world as much as practical.
3. 90% of the treats made for the ebook ended up cafes and were sold to customers across my city, Canberra.
I’m not bullshitting when I say that the recipes in my ebook are from my cake business! Plus, if I didn’t have people around me to help me eat my treats, I wouldn’t know what to do!
4. Working on my ebook helped me recover from my wrist injury.
Before I started my ebook, I was caught up in the daily grind of my cake business. I was working too hard and I quickly developed a severe wrist injury. I saw a couple of physios, had a wrist splint, spent over a thousand dollars on fees and even had to get steroids injected to heal my wrist. I’m the type of person who avoids panadol when I have a headache so I was definitely not happy about taking steroids. My wrist is recovering slowly. At the end, my wrist injury was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the time and opportunity to focus on my ebook.
5. It allowed me to embrace and fight my perfectionist issues.
When I’m working on something I’m really passionate about, I work crazily and intensely hard. In my final year of high school and university, I studied over 10 hours a day, followed a really strict schedule, plan plan plan, minimised human contact, yep, you’ve got the idea. No one was directly instructing me to study this intensely, I probably just learnt it through the way I grew up. Strangely, my closest friends during high school, university (and even primary school) always ended being dux so I guess our work ethics attracted each other.
Ok, tangent. When I was doing my ebook, I had no supervisor, no guidelines and was free to do whatever I wanted. For me that meant that it had to more than awesome. My perfectionist side really pushed myself to develop a quality product. However, after developing a few recipes, I realised there was so much I wanted to do for the ebook and it would take a lifetime. But, I said ‘no’ to my perfectionist side and settled with 25 recipes. I needed to get the ebook done by a certain date and I had to push past my perfectionist issues and say ‘you’ve already done your best, you need to finish the book’. I did it and I didn’t break down crying that a single apostrophe was out of place (I’m taking the piss), so I get I overcame myself. YES!
For more details on my ebook and to purchase it, see here.