Don’t be the White Rabbit
Creating a fundraiser cookbook should be a fun experience, but if you don’t understand the time required before you begin, you may end up wailing “I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!” as you attempt to finish for a very important date.
We’ve developed a timeline that follows the typical schedule of a fundraising cookbook project. You will find below a month-by-month checklist of activities to help you finish on time, on budget, and stress free.
The Five-Month Pocket Watch
In our many years publishing cookbooks—68 to be exact—we’ve found that most fundraiser cookbook projects follow a five month cycle from start to delivery. So if you want your books for a particular date, count backwards five months from your desired first sales day to arrive at your starting date.
A word of caution: count backwards from the date you want to start selling your books.
For example: If you want to sell your cookbook during the Christmas shopping season, don’t count backwards from Christmas Day, since that would not give you any time to sell. Instead count backwards from Thanksgiving, or even a bit earlier.
|5 Months Before
|4 Months Before
|3 Months Before
|2 Months Before
|1 Month Before
|We print & ship your one-of-a-kind cookbooks! The printing process usually takes about 30-40 days, or 20-25 for U-Type-It™ Online customers, although delays can occur during the busy seasons – the months leading up to Mother’s Day and the holidays.
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Hopefully, this checklist helped you better understand the cookbook creation timeframe so you can make a plan that works for you. For more information and encouragement, sign up for our monthly newsletters, or call us directly at 1.800.227.7282.