Every Author’s Secret Weapon: A Brilliant Book Publicist

Every Author’s Secret Weapon: A Brilliant Book Publicist

Friends, I am so pleased to share the news that my former publicist at Algonquin, Michael Taeckens, has formed his own agency and is now accepting new clients. Michael was my publicist for my first four books.  You would not think that a book about earthworms, or poisonous plants, or the flower industry, or a little garden in California, would get much attention in this over-saturated, short-attention-span world. But Michael managed to get my...

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The Amazing, Astonishing Google Check: How I Used Google to Spell-Check Every Word in My Book.

The Amazing, Astonishing Google Check: How I Used Google to Spell-Check Every Word in My Book.

Anyone who uses technical terms, scientific terms, foreign words, proper nouns, or brand names in their writing knows the limitations of the spell-checker built into a word processing program.  After all, it’s just a static list of words that got loaded onto your computer and never gets updated or expanded unless you do it yourself.  (And if you’ve ever tried one of the professional spell check add-ons, like Spellex, you may have...

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November eBook Sale

November eBook Sale

    Ebooks rarely go on sale, but this month two of mine are available through special promotions: For the month of November only, pick up Flower Confidential for $1.99 as an ebook at Apple, Barnes & Noble,  IndieBound, Kobo, Google, and  Amazon.  Wicked Bugs is also available this month only at Amazon for $2.99. And remember, you don’t need a dedicated ebook reader to read them–you can download them to your...

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How Not To Be Eaten

Great title. I reviewed that and another bug book in the Washington Post.  Both got me rassling with the question of what make science writing interesting. The answer, as far as I can tell?  Little bit of science, whole lot of drama. Adultery and murders whenever possible. In other news:  the Wall Street Journal did a little garden round-up for spring.  They wanted a picture of me in my garden, and I remembered that Saxon Holt took some when...

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Experimenting with Free

This is ever so slightly off-topic, but I know that many of you are writers, or landscapers, or small business owners, or self-employed people of some sort.  If you are, you have been asked at some point to give your work away for free.  Maybe you've wondered if "free" is the new "paid" and if there's some amount of giving stuff away for free that actually, paradoxically, weirdly, will pay off in some...

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Introducing: Subtext!

Subtext from Subtext Video on Vimeo. When my publisher asked me if I'd like to participate in the launch of a new interactive ebook platform, I jumped at the chance.  It's an interesting time for digital books, to say the least.  Susan Harris' post this summer raised many interesting questions about digital books in general and digital garden books in particular.  Susan made the point that garden books (and travel...

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