Here are a few things I have discovered about writing a book.


  • It would be wise to know how to express myself using actual words and not just winking smiley faces. 😉
  • It is simply not ok to describe every single cake as delicious.  Apparently there are other words that I can use to describe how cakes tastes.
  • Writing, photographing, baking for, and developing recipes for a cookbook is only wise if you have a long period of time to do it.  Say, two years.  Giving yourself a three month deadline is DUMBCRAZYSTUPIDINSANEIDIOTIC.
  • Make sure you know a LOT of people who are willing to eat your food.  Having large amounts of cake and frosting sitting in your house is not good.  Very very not good.
  • It is recommended that when writing recipes you be clear and present a concise picture to a reader.  Talking about how my five year old learned how to do handstands by falling out of his bed might not be the best approach in a layer cake tutorial.


Overall the process has been exhausting, informative, and most of all, fun.  Did I mention how thankful I am to be here right now?

I am.

Super thankful. 🙂

Do you have any questions about my process so far?  Any detail you are dying to know?  I’d be happy to answer any questions you have!

Note: Some questions I cannot answer due to contractual obligations, but thats mostly boring stuff anyway!

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I am amazed that you are writing a cookbook..what a huge undertaking! I will be sure to buy it as soon as it hits the shelf!

  2. I cannot wait to get my hands on a your cookbook. I know it will eb amazing and DELICIOUS. 🙂

  3. Hi Amanda,
    Love the blog, love your pics and would totally indulge in one of your cakes!
    I am actually in the process of writing a cookbook/self help (by in the process I mean just starting choosing recipes and pinning some notes). I was curious how you got the ball rolling…whom did you approach, did you submit just a plan or a pretty much completed manuscript, do you know any famous people that helped plug your book or idea, etc.

    Feel free to email me personally! I’ve talked to a number of people about how they got their cookbook published – at this point I’m on a fact finding mission.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook!

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