a couple of years ago i was told because i am a garden writer and photographer "you should write a book"
(if you are a first-time visitor to my blog you may be shocked at this claim i mean really! i don't even use punctuation half the time or seem to know when a sentence should break or not. as i've noted on my about page i started this blog so i could be free to type away without worrying about selling and all the rules that otherwise rule my working life
heck i almost always forget to use spell check here! anyway, back to today's post:
i like books actually, i love books and i've been making hand bound versions for several years and i'm the daughter of a librarian the daughter of a woman who passed along to me her love of making things by hand so i came up with an idea for a book and i created a fabulous (i do say so myself) book proposal which consisted not only of the requisite sample chapter but a marvelous accordian folio of images i intended to use as illustrations. it was good enough to wow 2 literary agents just about the same time the publishing world declared garden books are dead but they both took turns trying to get me a book deal they could not. so now i will take another course of action yes, i will self-publish something, anyway. just because the idea will not rest and i want to hold someting in my hands in other words hold some fruit from the origianl germ of an idea. i will most likely make a beautifully hand bound volume for myself but i'm also playing with the idea of something more commercial maybe a Lulu version because i'm pretty sure that while the subject definitly lends itself to an elegant presentation it could also be handled very well in a more casual and affordable format. at this point in time self-publishing a hard bound book full of color illustrations would cost around $50 to $75 a piece which is too much not enough people would be willing to buy it.
i know many of you are interested because you already know this story already buy my work and are some of the people who said "write a book".
from time to time i will post updates on the project in the meantime i've made some notecards using some of the photographs
like this one
you can see all 6 in this new series and buy them from Zephyr's shop (those of you who subscribe to my newsletter will already know this. If you haven't subscribed yet, but would like to receive mailings announcing new work for sale, just say so and i'll happily add you to my address book. And rest assured: in my newsletter, i make every effort to use punctuation properly, write complete sentences, and all that jazz)
whenfacescalledflowersfloatout of the ground and breathing is wishing and wishing is having- but keeping is downward and doubting and never -it's april(yes,april;my darling)it's spring! yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be (yes the mountains are dancing together)
when every leaf opens without any sound and wishing is having and having is giving- but keeping is doting and nothing and nonsense -alive;we're alive,dear:it's(kiss me now)spring! now the pretty birds hover so she and so he now the little fish quiver so you and so i now the mountains are dancing, the mountains)
when more than was lost has been found has been found and having is giving and giving is living- but keeping is darkness and winter and cringing -it's spring(all our night becomes day)o,it's spring! all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky all the little fish climb through the mind of the sea all the mountains are dancing;are dancing)