Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday Tips and Tweaks with 21 Authors

This week is a little different because twenty-one authors contributed to a Christmas Anthology.
So please welcome Victoria Adams, Rose Anderson, Madeline Archer, E. Ayers, Lily Bishop, Barb Caffrey, Helena Fairfax, J.D. Favor, Jennifer Garcia, Vonnie Dee Ann Palmer, Jane Leopold Quinn, Kaye Spencer, and M.S. Spencer

Tuesday Tips

The tip is on how to do an Anthology with a group of authors and include recipes. Rose did all thee work including the cover design. Each author was invited to submit one or two stories along with a recipe for each story.
Each story had to be proof read by two other authors, or a copy editor and one other author. We anted to make sure the stories were ell-written without spelling or grammar errors. When they had been edited they were sent to Rose for compilation.
The recipes were all sent to one person for editing. I found this part interesting. She had written recipes previously and made sure the recipes were all formatted in a similar fashion. She checked to see the ingredients and instructions were correct ad easy to follow.
The authors come from several different countries and ingredients and instructions were quite different in some cases.
In my case she added this at the top.
You will need a large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, a 9”x5” loaf pan, and a cooling rack.
I never thought of that.
She also added - Makes 12-14 1/2-inch slices.
Again, I thought the loaf pan was self explanatory.
I also had to explain decorate the top with cherries and almonds.
Thank heavens we had someone to make it easier for those who want to try a recipe.
Then the recipes were sent to Rose who assembled them and designed a great cover.

Blurb for Exquisite Christmas: 21 Authors Share Holiday Stories and Recipes
When romance writers give love stories to the world, we do more than entertain – we share our hope for something better. These imaginative moments of happy-ever-after warm the soul and ripple outward. The world needs more love and every bit helps.

Recipe from Exquisite Christmas: 21 Authors Share Holiday Stories and Recipes

Christmas Quick Bread
    2 ½ cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup salad oil
1 egg
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup maraschino cherries (cut in quarters)
1/3 cup blanched slivered almonds
Additional almonds and cherries for topping.
You will need a large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, a 9”x5” loaf pan, and a cooling rack.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
       Grease and flour loaf pan.
  1. Blend dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Combine milk, oil, and egg in a small bowl. Beat slightly.
  3. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until moistened.
  4. Stir in pineapple, cherries, and almonds.
  5. Pour batter in a greased 9” x 5” x 3” loaf pan.
  6. Let rest for 20 minutes.
  7. Bake 65-70 minutes. When golden and sounds hollow when rapped on the bottom, turn out on cooling rack.
  8. To decorate top, pierce a cherry with an almond and press into cake. Continue with the remaining cherries and almonds.
Makes 12-14 1/2-inch slices.

Buy Links for Exquisite Christmas

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Victoria+Adams&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Victoria+Adams&sort=relevancerank

Amazon UK Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exquisite-Christmas-Romance-Authors-Holiday/dp/1519495358/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449372514&sr=1-1&keywords=Exquisite+christmas

Amazon Canada Amazon Canada http://www.amazon.ca/Exquisite-Christmas-Romance-Authors-Holiday-ebook/dp/B018F4ACSC/

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  1. Hi, Beverley! I've been in those shoes and there are so many little things to watch for. You are right about a copy editor. Makes all the difference.

    1. Hey Vicki, I'm sure many have been in those shoes. It's a learning experience.

  2. Congrats on a wonderful new release! You can't go wrong with romance and food!

    1. Thanks Melissa. And I appreciate you dropping by.