Developing…Need Feedback, Please!!!

Dear Friends,

I am embarking on a new venture here at The Willing Cook.  That is, I’m in the process of writing an ebook, as in, I’ve already started writing it.  I was going to keep it a big secret and wait for a big reveal.  However after doing some research about writing an ebook, I’ve decided a different approach is necessary.  This is where you come in…

All the big ebook gurus out there suggest getting feedback from my faithful readers as to the topic that they would most like to see in ebook form.  While I plan to offer some incentives to get the ebook for free, at some point, it will be a for-purchase ebook.  Meaning, you’ll have to pay for it (if you don’t get it when it’s free).  So, in thinking about the topic that you’d like to see in ebook form, would you be willing to pay for it, let’s say no more than $10?  (I have no idea what the price will be but this seems to be within the typical ebook price range.)

From the topic list below, answer the following questions:

  1. Which topic would you most like to see in ebook form?
  2. Would you pay for that topic if in an ebook?

Topic #1:  What I Wish I Knew: Life with Food Allergies  (continue & expand on the Life with Food Allergies series)

Topic #2:  How faith has/does shape my life’s perspective, including that of food allergies.

Topic #3:  Teaching others (family, daycare, school, friends) about food allergies w/ detailed charts, printables, etc.

Topic #4:  Food Allergy Cooking: all things from diagnosis to shopping to recipe development to pantry/freezer cooking and more.

Topic #5:  Dealing with multiple unconventional food allergies.  That is, living with food allergies outside the top 8.

Topic #6:  Reader Choice – You tell me what you would most like to see in ebook form that is not one of the topics suggested above.  The topic should be somewhat related to food allergies, but it doesn’t have to be the central theme (sort of like the “faith” topic #2 above).

Of course, if you could care less, you can say that too.  Or, better yet, just keep that to yourself 🙂

Please head to the comments below and answer questions 1 and 2 above.  Feel free to select as many as 2 or 3 topics.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I appreciate your input and your continued support of The Willing Cook.

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9 Responses to Developing…Need Feedback, Please!!!

  1. Susan says:

    all of these look interesting, but I see the most value in #5, as it’s all but uncharted territory. These are several books out there about dairy, gluten, nut, etc allergies, but not many, at least that I’ve seen, about anything outside the basic 8 and maybe corn. 2 of my siblings and I have various levels of sensitivity to pork, but you have to read aall the way through the fine print to find that, as it’s not in bold in a separate statement, and FAAN doesn’t send out warnings when there’s mislabeling or a similar problem with it. In fact, one FAAN bulletin went out because the pork flavor of a product was packaged in the chicken-flavored variety’s bag, and the pork variety had 1 of the basic 8 allergens that the chicken flavor didn’t. It was more important to our family to know about the pork than the other potential allergen.

    I can also see value in/need for #2 and #3. Unfortunately at this point we are not in a position to purchase any books, e- or otherwise, as I a, between jobs, but I am keeping a wish list for later.

    hope this is helpful.

    • Cook says:


      You’ve made some really good points. I’m taking it all in as I am working along this project. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for your considerate words. I really appreciate it.


  2. oh, how exciting for you, that is a big undertaking, but if it is at all like the site it will be great.
    For #1 I would say 4&5 for practicality purposes, with notes on 3 in the margins, and of course 1 and 2 could be thrown in at the openings of chapters.
    I personally read all of my cookbooks in book format, marking recipes as I go, so I like little anecdotes and side stories added into the margins, along with little substitution tricks and notes/ideas for things like birthday party snacks, school snacks etc too.
    I would also be more than happy to test out any recipes you may feel need a bit of work:-) Just trying to do my part to get you published!!
    I would comfortably pay around $8-$9 for the book , with all that I suggested in it, mostly because it would then be comprehensive, and a 1 stop go to guide, and a s a mom with many little ones, some with, some with out allergies, one source is all I have time to find and use!
    whew, sorry so long, I like the idea though, keep up the writing, look forward to the finished product.

  3. Heather says:

    I like the idea of #5 because it would be a help to those who probably have more trouble finding answers and guidance than those with allergies to the top 8. Rooting for the underdog.

    I also like the idea of helping everyone — that’s pretty much a problem for me. 🙂 Information from diagnosis to cooking, but also just the day-to-day how to survive it all seems would be a huge help to many people. So #1?

  4. Congrats! I’m excited for you! I tend to think a book on Topic 1 would do great, perhaps with a different title and geared more towards the novice, maybe: The Real Mom’s Guide to Allergy-Free Cooking. 🙂

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  6. All the topics you listed are helpful and needed! Hmm, but since you’re making us choose… 😉 I’m leaning towards #1, #2 & #4. Those three seem to go together in a bundle, for instance,
    “what you need to know about food allergies”, “spiritual encouragement and a positive outlook”, combined with “empowerment to make a healthier lifestyle a reality”. I’ve found that people need knowledge and encouragement plus a way to translate it all into reality – practical steps that eliminate the fear are invaluable.

    Really though, I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these topics you listed. Topic #3 & #5 would be very informative and would be a great niche. It’s just hard narrowing them down, isn’t it? I hope it all goes well! 🙂

    • Cook says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Gabriela! You’ve given me a lot to go on and I’ll keep it in mind as I’m working it all out. Thanks! Have a great week!

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