After searching the threads, I haven't found the answer to this question. I am currently trying to put together a cook book. I have photos, text and pictures but I am uncertain what the best layout and style and focus should be. Specifically things like; Do I group photos with recipes or photos all in one section or perhaps text, photo and recipes. Which texts are better than others, which photos are best, what am I leaving out that should be included and including that should be left out? Is the text adequate, boring or pointless? Etc. etc. etc. Cookbooks I look at always have a section devoted to thanking those involved in creating the book, implying that they were involved from the start. But publishers seem to want the query letter to include a mostly completed manuscript. Creating and completing the manuscript is what I think I need a team of professionals for. As I said, I have the raw materials, I'm just stuck at putting it all together. Am I supposed to write the book by myself and then have a publisher rewrite it? Fwiw, I have seen self published books and I know I can go that route but they all look self published, not professionally done.