Monday, August 20, 2007

100th Post...An Exciting Announcement

I'm thrilled to announce that I have recently been awarded a contract by American Nurseryman Publishing Company to write a new book on gardening. The working title is “Plant Smart! Six Steps to Choosing Perfect Plants” and the release date will probably be sometime in early 2009.

This is a very exciting project for me for several reasons. First, it will allow me to put a lot of the information that I have been teaching for many years into a simple, permanent reference format for those who prefer to learn on their own and/or don’t have access to a formal classroom setting. Second, it will give me professional recognition beyond the Denver region that will enable me to lecture on a national level---something I have aspired to for many years as I truly enjoy public speaking. And last, this will be a new professional challenge for me, a non-writer!

This blog was created, in part, as a writing exercise tool---a journal, if you will---to keep me thinking about words and how to express ideas and observations. So now, along with continuing to post about plants and gardening, art and fiber, I will also be writing about the process of creating and publishing a book.

Wish me luck!


LostRoses said...

Wow, Jocelyn, what an opportunity! Good for you. And I believe that blog writing is an excellent training ground for expressing thoughts and ideas.

So how long does it take to write a book (or how long have they given you!)? I'll certainly look forward to reading the finished product. Congratulations!

jocelyn said...

Thank you, LR! I have until April 1, 2008 to deliver the finished manuscript and photos for my book. Right now I'm focusing on the photo component. Althougth I already have hundreds of photographs of plants and landscapes to choose from, it never hurts to have more!