- Guest Cookbook Author -
Today I interview a young cookbook author from Pakistan - ASIM IFTIKHAR.
Welcome, Asim ...
WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME A WRITER?
As an entrepreneur, you don’t know, you can be anything anytime. I was thinking about ideas, while I was lying on my bed and an idea struck in my mind, as my mother is a great cook and a number of non-natives love Indian and Pakistani food, why not preparing Indian and Pakistani cookbook for them. Then I turned the internet on and started searching out for the Pakistani and Indian cook guides, which were meant to be written for non-natives and newbies (can’t cook) but I found nothing. So, I thought of writing my book for all of the non-natives, who have a love for this ethnic food, no matter how worse they are with cooking. So, I started building this guide and this is how I became writer.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
Well, as I am not a professional writer, so my opinion might differ from other professionals. As a writer, I feel the most important thing is the solution to problems. If you make the solution too simple for the customers then this is what I like about writing and this is how your book is worthy. Like in my guide, as I was a newbie in cooking too. I took the help from my mom and started practicing to make sure if it really works or not and then I put myself on newbie category reading my book (assuming it to be written from some other Author) and now do I understand this? This is what I enjoyed most.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A WRITER?
The hardest thing about being a writer is proofreading, I hate proofreading over and over again.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
As I have got in love with making things simple for the customers. So, I am thinking of writing on how to publish your book on Kindle and Createspace, but before that I would ask the people about my kindle formatting, if they endorse it then I will write another guide.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST JOY IN WRITING?
Assuming yourself a newbie, when you are not and then understanding your own written script to help your newbie fellows.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE ‘SUCCESS’ AS A WRITER.
Success as a Writer is “Understanding your readers psyche”. For example my book is a guide, if it helps newbies and non-natives then this is a success of my book and ultimately my success as a writer of this book. In the same way, If a book is meant for the entertainment and if it entertains the readers then this is a success.
WHAT SHOULD READERS WALK AWAY FROM YOUR BOOKS KNOWING? HOW SHOULD THEY FEEL?
After reading my book of only 2.99$, every newbie should learn how to cook Indian and Pakistani food. Since, I know the feeling, when you go to restraunt and spend more than 40$ and coming out with disappointment, because you have never tried that dish in the past. For those put a bit of money in this and create another food court in their home. Then if you don’t want to cook food at your home, you will atleast be in a position (in restraunt) of knowing that which ingredients are in that dish, so I must not go for this.
HOW MUCH THOUGHT GOES INTO DESIGNING A BOOK COVER?
Well it took me five hours to finalize a book cover in my mind. Then I designed it in another two hours.
ARE YOUR BOOKS SELF-PUBLISHED?
Yes, my only book “Mastering Indo-Pak Cooking” is self published.
Clancy's comment: Thank you, Asim. I hope your book is a top seller.
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