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.