If we were having coffee today I’d have to break the news.
You’d say, “It’s not the freaking cookbook again, is it?”
I’d smirk, and say, “I’m afraid so.”
The first thing I’d say is that I’m embarrassed. Ever since I got this idea, I’ve been hammering away at it. I recruited family members, friends, and acquaintances to give me feedback. Most have read my novels. I wrote my novels. Finally this week, I was ready to take a big leap and upload this thing to Amazon. I had second thoughts about the title. I loaded up my first book and did a quick search. Ack!!
Okay, I admit it. In the novels, I never called the restaurant The Mossback Inn. Never. Not once. Always Cafe. Nobody noticed. Especially me. As big a problem as it now seems to me, it probably doesn’t matter. Still, I could have sworn I did that search earlier, but obviously, I didn’t. So I considered my options. Although I’ve marketed it informally for a couple of weeks, I still considered it in beta mode, that is, in computer terms, a high-level test. If I still need to make changes, now would be the time. Thank heavens I hadn’t uploaded it.
One option was just to ignore it, or add a paragraph in the forward about how it was originally called The Mossback Inn. That was a viable possibility. The other option was to just bite the bullet, make the changes to Cafe, and continue on as before. There really weren’t that many changes needed in the cookbook. There were quite a few on the website. I needed to change the cover, but once again, that is not a major change. I decided to check out one thing before I made the decision. I Googled it.
I found a minor wrinkle. There is a Mossback Cafe in Kingston Washington. I checked out their web page. It looks like a charming place, using locally sourced foods. Farm to fork, I think they called it. Heck, I’d like to eat there. There is no way my cookbook impacts that place. But I wrote them anyway, just to be on the up-and-up. The owner wrote me back, somewhat amused by it all, but he agreed, my cookbook would be fine as The Mossback Cafe Cookbook, saying they more call their place just Mossback anyway. He even commented on a few of the recipes and invited me up sometime. Awesome. You can check them out here: http://mossbackcafe.com — like I said, it looks like a really nice place
So, today, I’m launching an extended beta test with the rebranded title. The Mossback Cafe Cookbook. I think “Cafe” will likely play better in social media. What do you think? The rest of the cookbook is exactly the same.
Feel free to download a copy. There are files for epub (good for Nook, iBooks, Kobo), mobi (kindle), or pdf (just about everything will open pdf … hey, you could read it at work!).
Check it out and report back. It’s a small book, but it is packed with good recipes. And it gives a glimpse into one of the major characters of the books. No spoilers, you have to read the books to find out more. It’s a fun book to browse and hopefully a few who look at it will be enticed to check out the novels …
Thomas Fenske is a writer living in North Carolina. You can find out more about his writing (including the cookbook) at http://thefensk.com