When our School Council first decided to publish a fundraising cookbook, we knew it would be a huge undertaking requiring much time and effort. After searching the internet and looking through council members’ personal community cookbook collections, we decided to use Gateway Publishing, a company with over 40 years experience publishing community cookbooks. Looking back, what a wise decision that was!
Right from the very beginning, the staff at Gateway were quick to respond to all of our questions and concerns. They maintained a pleasant and helpful manner throughout the entire process, even during their busiest time of year when many deadlines needed to be met. They always took our calls, or returned our calls promptly if a message was left. Although we knew that they were dealing with many different projects at one time, their patience and attention to detail made us feel like we were their only customer!
The introduction package we received in the mail was also incredibly helpful. In addition to a sample cookbook, it contained a guide for formatting and marketing our project. This guide answered many of our initial questions and drew our attention to a number of issues which we had not even considered or prepared for.
We submitted print-ready materials for our cookbook which included custom-designed covers, chapter dividers and information inserts. The cookbooks were completed on schedule and the finished product was exactly as we had hoped. Sales were strong and the response was very positive. As a fundraising effort, the “St. Andrew’s School Celebrates the Seasons Cookbook” was a great success, and we owe much of that success to the guidance we received from the experts at Gateway Publishing. What a wise choice we made indeed…