A Fact as Sweet as Honey

I finally just got around to watching “Julie and Julia,” the movie about a would-be writer who cooks her way through Julia Child’s cookbook of French cuisine, blogging all the while.

There’s a scene in which Child meets Irma Rombauer, who wrote the original “The Joy of Cooking.” Rombauer admits that she paid $3,000 to self-publish the first edition. And that’s in 1931 dollars. Today, it’s the equivalent of about $40,000.

I suddenly don’t feel quite so bad about having paid a grand to iUniverse to self-publish Dream Cruises after I couldn’t find a traditional publishing home for it. True, it’s not (yet!) a national bestseller like “Joy,” but I can now place them on the same bookshelf with a delicious sense of satisfaction.

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