First copy of my book is in my hands!

My new book!

Forget all that Mayan doomsday hoo-ha. The very first, sparkly new copy of my book, Lawn Gone!, arrived in the mail from my publisher today, and I’m just gonna have to gush like a new mother holding her firstborn for the very first time.

It’s the most beautiful book ever! The color photos pop and look enticing as you flip through the pages, and the text is arranged and sized to be easily readable. I love the fun splash of orange and yellow and the mosaic of images on the cover. I’m completely thrilled with the look and feel of it.

As for the real substance of the book, the clarity and helpfulness of the writing and the relevance of and inspiration provided by the photos—well, you all will be the judge of that. I sure hope you like it. And I can’t wait for you to have a chance to read it. It’ll be out on February 12th, which is only a month and a half away, and you can pre-order here if you like.

OK, thanks for letting me gush. I’m done now. But I’m sure I’ll be smiling all day.

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posted in Books, Lawn Gone!

35 Responses

  1. Scott Weber says:

    OMG…AMAZING! Congrats!

  2. Shirley says:

    It looks terrific! Congratulations!

  3. Oh, SUCH a pretty baby! I know just what you mean, Pam, I carried mine around with me for days. Enjoy the great feeling of accomplishment — you did it!

  4. jane says:

    Congratulations, Pam! I’ve placed my order. Not that I have any lawn, did away with that years ago. I’m a gushing fan who fell in love with Whale’s tongue agave, Berkeley & Sparkler sedge and gopher plant because of you. Can you tell I have a herd of 30 deer to deal with! Thanks for all you do.

  5. jenny says:

    What a wonderful Christmas present. My order is in. I hope you have some good ideas for my already lawn be gone garden.

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You deserve to gush. Can’t wait to get one myself.

  7. YAY! Congratulations Pam! What a special day!!!!!! Cheers!

  8. Congratulations! Amazon says mine will be delivered the week of February 18.

  9. What a wonderful early Christmas gift! Congrats, you are glowing in that photo!

  10. Laura says:

    Woo-hoo! You have every right to be very proud.

  11. Les says:

    There is nothing to say but sincere congratulations!

  12. Laura says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it too! I preordered it already.

  13. Cheris says:

    Woohoo! Already pre-ordered. :)

  14. Congratulations! Perfectly normal to be proud like a mama. It’s beautiful! Definitely on my “wish list.”

  15. cheryl says:

    gush away, Girl! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  16. laguna dirt says:

    Big congrats to you Pam!! Can’t wait to read it! You are a pioneer!

  17. Barbara H. says:

    Congratulations, Pam!

    Perhaps instead of the end of the world, this is just a new beginning. May this new beginning bring you rewards beyond your wildest dreams.

  18. Cat says:

    You go girl! Gushing right along beside you :) Congratulations!

  19. Lori says:

    I am SO EXCITED for you! Can’t wait to get my copy!

  20. Gail says:

    This is thrilling and you get to gush all you want! Congratulations, you worked hard and deserve the celebration!

  21. Donna says:

    I reserved mine online months ago and am MOST eager for it to arrive. I’ve soaked up your images and appreciated your ideas for a long time on your blog and cannot wait for the book.
    Thanks for doing a book. Enjoy the ride of having your first book published! It’s quite an honor.

  22. Randy Hyden says:

    So happy for you! Amazon?

  23. peter schaar says:

    Felicitaciones, Pamelita! I’m waiting to buy my copy at Barnes & Noble, since that’s one of my hangouts and I want to help them stay in business, cafe and all. Can’t wait to hold it and read it. Very exciting.

  24. How exciting! Congratulations!

  25. Greggo says:

    Way to go, gushing girl.

  26. Chris says:

    Pam, Congratulations to you! I have learned so much from this blog and I look forward to seeing your book. Thank you for sharing your talents by writing both.

  27. Mary Linton says:

    Hooray, Pam! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to have my pre-ordered copy in my hot little hands, too! Congratulations.

  28. Susan Harris says:

    Fabulous cover! And congratulations on the big accomplishment. (better you than me). Susan

  29. So awesome and so proud of you! I have mine on order!!! Pamie G. New Braunfels

  30. Congratulations. I have one on order as a paperback for a friend and a Kindle version for me. So glad you have it in Kindle as well. Being homeless means I can only haul about a dozen books with me. Can’t wait to read it.

  31. Louis says:

    Epic! I can’t wait to get ahold of a copy!

  32. Meems says:

    So VERY excited for you and for each reader that has the privilege to read it! Can’t wait for my copy.

  33. Diana Studer says:

    (this post is old enough that I can say it bothers me that the ad for your book on your sidebar is so fuzzy. For me your blog sparkles on the quality of your photos. Pity to lose that sparkle on the book ad. Any way you can get sharper quality in that ad? Or does it only matter to me? Hope the sales are going well, as they should be!)

    Thanks for your feedback, Diana. I stopped immediately to take a look! I guess it does look a little fuzzy, but to me that’s because the cover image has been shrunk down so small. That button, which simply links to another page on Digging, was made by the woman I hired to redesign Digging for me last fall. She’s off the payroll now, so no chance of getting her to sharpen that image, alas. And I’m hopeless about knowing how to make a button like that myself. I guess it’ll have to stay until something else comes along. :-) —Pam

  34. Diana Studer says:

    on my own blog, which is a basic standard blogspot I have PlantZAfrica and the Cape Leopard Trust on my sidebar. We have a widget, add an image, URL to which this image should take you.

    I’m sure there is a way for you to do that – or someone ‘mildly’ techie can help you? You say your link is in already, so you would only need to replace the image with one of your usual stellar quality.