It took me working on and off, the better part of a year to compile my book, The Complete Cook Book and I enjoyed every single minute of it.
As soon as I had it in a workable format, I distributed draft copies to a few people to proof it for me and once I made the necessary changes, I was ready to print. Well, not so easy here in Mauritius. There are over 250 printers dotted across this small island but only a handful who print books. After numerous language barrier conversations, quotations, frustration, and failed promises we settled on a recommended printer who was considerably more expensive than most.
Without belabouring the fact too much, after many stories and lies, a third print later, my book is still wrong! We have been through iterations of an incorrect cover to a skew back cover to incorrect and missing pages, nothing of which I ever signed off on so I battle understand how any of it go to the printing press. Sadly not one book was acceptable for selling!
To move on past all the heartache, anger, disappointment and tears, I have decided to add the things I have been putting together for a second edition, which will now form part of an even more comprehensive first edition, which we will print once we return home later this year and will also have it available as an e-book.
While we wait for the reimbursement of our money – as you can imagine, there are long stories from the printer around this too, and to put and end to all that we have had to endure from this printer, each time we light a fire for a braai, we burn a copy or three and I must say, it is very therapeutic.