My very big news! I’m writing a cookbook!


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Okay… so I may have been carrying around a littttttttle secret for the past SIX months! And I may have hinted about it on instagram a couple times. I am so excited that I can finally spill the beans!

Last Friday I sent off THE most important contracts I have ever signed. After reading through it with my husband and attorney about a bazillion times I finally decided to put my pen on paper and sign that baby! Eek! I am so excited (and nervous at the same time) to share my very big news! Okay, here we go…

Organized cook books


I’M WRITING A BOOK! Like a real one …that will be in Barnes and Noble. A cookbook to be exact. There I said it. I’m running out of words to say how I feel about it. I am so very excited and scared out of my mind at the same time. Never in a million years would I have guessed 5 years ago when I started this little ol’ blog, that I would be writing my very own book.

This book has been in the works since about April when I was first in touch with my amazing agent Stacey. Together we created one heck of a proposal (or 5) and then sent it off to all the big publishers. The proposal was 55 pages to be exact. It was definitely no easy task but totally worth all the drafts, sweat and tears. The very next day we had an offer and then there were many phone calls and decisions to be made. After passing all the ideas around, the proposals, the auction with different publishers I have decided to publish with Grand Central Publishing! They are amazing and I am absolutely thrilled to be working with such an amazing publishing company! I love their whole team already.

I can’t tell you the title quite yet but I can tell you this… it will definitely be a reflection of all the best things on I Heart Naptime. The majority of the book will be easy and delicious recipes, with a few craft and entertaining ideas mixed in. I will be doing the photography (which I’m very excited …okay and nervous… about) and there will definitely be BIG bright photos on every page.

The book will come out sometime in fall of 2016. Still a ways out… but I have a feeling it’s going to come quick. The due date for my manuscript is June 1st, so I only have about 5 months left to finish the book. Crunch time baby!

How you can be involved…

My amazing head recipe tester Kate is looking for recipe testers who would love to get a sneak peak at the recipes beforehand and test them in your own kitchen. If you love to cook and/or bake apply HERE! It’s going to be lots of fun!

This book will definitely be a treasured cookbook with lots of well-loved recipes. I’ll be sharing at least 75 NEW recipes in the book with a few of my absolute favorites from I Heart Naptime. If there are any recipes that have already been posted on the blog (that you love and adore) or one you’d like to see in the book, please leave a comment below. :)

So grateful to celebrate this with you. I couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you for joining me on this journey! I’ll definitely keep you posted with more info along the way. Here we go!!

xo – jamielyn

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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63 comments on “My very big news! I’m writing a cookbook!”

  1. Jamielyn!! I am thrilled and so excited for you!!! I know it will be amazing. I just adore you and can’t wait to hear more!! 


  2. Oh my goodness!! How EXCITING! I can’t wait to see it and read the wonderful recipes you create! 

  3. YAY!!! I am so proud of you and excited that you are finally writing your own cookbook!! I know it will be AMAZING and I can’t wait to have it on my shelf to use each week!  :)

  4. SO happy for you, Jamielyn! You deserve all the success that you have. I can’t wait to buy the book for my collection. Yay! Yay! Yay!

  5. How exciting!! Congratulations, well deserved.  Can’t wait to see the cookbook!!

  6. YAY!!! That is so amazing!! I can’t wait to see it! 

    And we LOVE your Sweet and Sour Chicken. It’s one of my go to meals :)


  7. *SO* excited for you!  :)

  8. Congratulations, Jamie! What a huge accomplishment. Super excited for you!

  9. SO, SO, SO happy for you!! I know it will be AMAZING!!! :D

  10. Congrats! I’m not sure I could come up with 75 new recipes myself! So exciting!!

  11. Oh my goodness!!!! That is incredible!!!! I am so excited for you!!! It will be amazing!

  12. Congratulations! That is so exciting!

  13. So very excited for you on this journey!  Can’t wait to purchase the cookbook!!

  14. How fun!! You are going to ROCK it!! Love you! 

  15. Congratulations friend! I can’t wait to see all your delicious recipes and your yummy book! Yay!!!! 

  16. Yay! Sign me up for a copy or 10. So excited for you. You deserve all amazing things. 


  17. Heartiest congratulations! Can’t wait for the book to be out!

  18. Your banana bread is absolutely the best!

  19. Congrats, friend!!!  So excited to see what you come up with!  

  20. Atta girl.  I am so proud of you!

  21. That is SO exciting!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you Jamielyn!!!!

  22. Congrats Jamielyn!! So happy for you! Email me when you need someone to commiserate with and we can go through the process together!! xo

  23. Wowza – thats awesome ! Congrats !

  24. OMG – I’m so THRILLED for you!!!!!!!!!!!! What an exciting venture. I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to hear more & see it when it comes out.  YAY!!!!

    On another note- Would love to know more about this agent & how all that works too. I could certainly use a little help with those things. 

  25. WOW!!! Congratulations, Jamielyn! I can’t think of a nicer or more talented person to have “hit the big time”! And I have a suspicion that the publication of your cookbook is just the beginning for you… five or ten years from now, we blog followers of yours will be saying “I knew her when…” — hehe! xoxoxo

  26. I’m doing my happy dance for you love.  So over the moon excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!  

  27. Yay Jamielyn! SOOOOO proud of you!

  28. Congrats Jamielyn! So happy for you and I hope everything goes well. I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job and I can’t wait to see the final result!

  29. Congratulations!!! That’s awesome!! I can’t wait till it comes out!!

  30. Thats so exciting- congrats!  Why do you need a mailing address for the test group application? Will the recipes be mailed out?

  31. Congrats!!! How exciting!!! Can’t wait to see your book on the book shelves!!!

  32. That’s so exciting. I love it already. Can’t wait to see it when it comes out. You’re amazing.

  33. That’s so awesome!! I’ve never had a fail from one of your recipes. ;) Congrats!

  34. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Such great news! Congrats friend.

  35. Jamielyn, so happy for you! You’ve earned it, you deserve it, and what an amazing accomplishment! Can’t wait to get my autographed copy! Congrats and best wishes!

  36. That is so neat Jamie!! I am so excited to get a copy :)

  37. You are amazing! So excited! I LOVE cookbooks!

  38. I love it when amazing people get to do amazing things!!! Congrats!!

  39. Congrats, J – so excited for this amazing opportunity you’ve been given.  Well deserved!

  40. You’re amazing! What an exciting opportunity! I will be first in line to buy your book!

  41. Congrats Jamielyn! What an exciting adventure- can’t wait to hear more about it :)

  42. Congratulations!! Can’t wait to buy it! I know it’s going to be awesome.

  43. How amazing and fun! Congrats
    and I hope it is well received!
    Carla from Utah

  44. WOW! this is great news! I wish you the best. keep us posted

  45. Congratulations Jamielyn! I look forward to your book.  

  46. WOW! So exciting! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m sure it will be amazing!!!

  47. CONGRATULATIONS!! That is amazing news!!! Have loads of fun. 

  48. Hi! I just found your site, using your chicken recipe…and then read the news about your Cookbook. Many congratulations, way to go!

    I was in Senior Mgmt for a corporation for over 25 years, and this past year, I decided to resign, and start my own cleaning service. We moved from NJ to SC to be close to my folks, and it has been amazing. I understand all about perseverance, courage, FEAR, and just trusting. When we allow the trust to help us make decisions (that and great family and friends), all goes well.

    I’ll stay in tune for the release of the cookbook, and I’ll be sure to purchase many for our friends.

    Merry, Merry Christmas…Tricia

  49. Look forward to adding your cookbook to my collection! AND to be able to do your own photography! That’s DOUBLE exciting! I know the photography along with the recipes will be outstanding!

  50. How exciting  Congratulations! Looking forward to getting it.

  51. How exciting! i am beyond thrilled for you! looking forward to purchasing your {1st} cookbook!

  52. I can’t wait to buy it!!! Congratulations!!

  53. Congratulations!!!! That’s super exciting! 

  54. Such exciting news!  Sad that I can’t be one of your taste testers thou! :-(

  55. Dear Jamiely n
    Recently, I printed  a page of 6 chalkboard Christmas labels that were designed by I cannot find them again.  I think they were in your newsletter?  Can you send them again?  Thank you.  Much lovely fun.

  56. Congrats my lovely friend! I couldn’t be more thrilled for you! I know the amount of time and energy that must have gone into that proposal already, so congrats on even getting through that process. Whew! Couldn’t be more happy, and already can’t wait to snag a copy for our home! :)

  57. Congrats on this deal!!! I’ll look for it when finished for sure. Have fun creating and writing. 

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