The food and cookery market remains a dependable corner of the book market.
Agents representing food and cookery books
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This is an area dominated by full-colour, hard-copy books. The ebook revolution has done little to change the basic market. Which is good news.
The bad news is that this means the market dynamics are very challenging for debut authors in this area. A sure-fire way to get a cookbook published is to have a TV show first. Or a column in a national newspaper. Or, you’re a celebrity. But for ordinary cookery writers, it is hard to get published. It’s hard to get publishers interested enough to invest in a book, not only because the high production quality means that a book needs to shift a lot of copies to break into profit.
There are still opportunities for new debut writers. Especially if you are an expert in an under-explored area of food and drink.