I'm a relative newbie to STS. I started last Fall then took a break over the holidays. It was a little confusing me, too, but I decided to take the plunge and am very happy I did! Take a look through everyone's shops to get a feel for pricing. You'll start with 3 points of STS currency to spend in everyone's shops, and you'll earn points when folks purchase stuff from your shop. If/when you decide to leave this swap, you'll just need to make sure you have the 3 points of STS currency you started with to pay back. Feel free to PM me or any of the swap organizers or STS members if you have any specific questions. The organizers are super helpful and nice. There are some really talented gals in this swap and lots of them take custom orders. I hope you give it a try! (and I'm clueless on the cookbook).