Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. "

May Sarton
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My book is out! Thoughts on this fateful occasion...



My book has shipped from Amazon and yesterday was the first day people received it!

 I have to admit that I am ecstatic. It has taken me eight years to write this book and get it published.  I have met and surmounted all the obstacles. I am so happy. 

Chapter: The Magic of Water from Heaven is a Garden
I was told over and over by various publishers that I had no 'platform' and that my subject matter was not of interest to others. But I knew in my heart that I had something of value to share with others. St. Lynn's Press agreed with me - thank you St. Lynn's!

This morning I read Wayne Dyer's latest posting and it struck a chord. I have abridged it tremendously in the interest of brevity.

Here is a very abridged excerpt from Wayne Dyer's new book, "I Can See Clearly Now " :

click here for his website

"My agent and publisher both feel that we’d have runaway bestsellers if I authored books on money and sex, and all concerned would harvest a financial bonanza.....

immediately tell him [the agent] that there’s no way that I am interested or willing to undertake such a proposal... I explain that the talks I’ve been giving in spiritual gatherings for the past year have led to my fascination with the idea that individuals are capable of achieving a kind of God-realization if they change the way they think....

Artie is beside himself in frustration with me... 

I say I’m sorry, but I can’t let money or status or anyone else tell me what to write and speak about....


William Morrow agrees to be the publisher for my next book, but they offer no advance against royalties [I can relate] ...

I am undaunted. I know what I want to write about, and I feel the presence of something Divine whispering to me that I’ve made the right choice..."


Wayne Dyer




I heard those whispers too...there was no choice. And I am so glad that I did not give up even at the bleakest moments. This is for anyone else who feels the same way - keep doing what you believe in, those whispers are not wrong. 






19 comments:

  1. Congratulations Jan and glad you stuck with it. Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Thanks Scott! and I love connecting with you every day on FB...

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  2. Congratulations on your new book, it looks to be a beauty. This post resonates with me, I am on a quest to have my own gardening book published, gardening with a Christian touch. You remind me to keep on keeping on.
    Let me know if you want me to review your dear book.

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    1. Terra - keep going! do not get discouraged.

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  3. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it...Amazon says it is on its way!

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  4. Congratulations on the publication of your book. I am looking forward to purchasing it~

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  5. Oh congratulations, it looks awesome. I know it is a hard slog, I have a file of rejection letters....

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    1. Exactly! but keep at it! I am testament to persistence, Africanaussie.

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  6. Congratulations! What an inspiring post to read from you today! So glad for you.

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    1. Dawn, thanks so much. I just had to share that after all these years...

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  7. Dare I say it? The next big thing is publicity for the book - maybe you are on top of that? I worked hard at that with mine and I think did well online and on social media. But I kept going into bookshops which had no copy - even locally. (I was sure local independents would be interested but they weren't especially). The best book in the world is not much use if people don't know about it...

    You might find this useful! : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/8965434/Anne-Wareham-a-succession-of-amazing-humiliations.html

    Good luck - it looks beautiful.

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    1. Anne Wareham! Thank you for this! and you are right - I am a neophyte in the p.r. world - I will go to the book stores and let them know..and will read your article now.

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  8. Don't be put off (it was slightly tongue in cheek) - but it is a big and important part of the New Book. Wish I could tell just how to succeed, rather than just what to beware of...

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    1. ah, the book biz....thanks so much Anne. I appreciate it greatly.

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  9. I received my advanced-purchased copy last Thursday and have been delighting in reading it. Last night was the section on trees and the associations with specific trees. Wonderful information. Also, I love your description/recommendation to touch and sit with trees that we feel drawn to.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth for the feedback! I am so anxious to know what people think - thank you thank you.
      The trees are our silent allies..Imagine if we taught that to kids in school? the world would be a different place.

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