Sleep, Creep, Leap: The First Three Years of a Nebraska Garden, is ready for you. I wrote the book last winter with one press in mind, and although the editors liked it, the marketing department did not. A few solid compliments from other presses--and stories of other author success--and I've decided to self publish my collection of essays in hopes of attracting a publisher. Will you please help me spread the word? I'd even love to do an author q&a at your site, interview, guest post, something quirky--whatever!
Below is the back cover copy:
Peeling off sheets of skin from a sunburned back. Spending $1,000 at five nurseries in an afternoon. Raising 200 monarch butterflies. Hearing the wing beats of geese thirty feet overhead at sunset. How one piece of mulch can make all the difference. These are the stories of Benjamin Vogt’s 1,500 foot native prairie garden over the course of three years. After a small patio garden at his last home teases him into avid tinkering, the blank canvas of his new marriage and quarter acre lot prove to be a rich place full of delight, anguish, and rapture in all four seasons.
Full of lyrical, humorous, and botanical short essays, Sleep, Creep, Leap will leave you inspired to sit a while with your plants, noticing how the smallest events become the largest—and how the garden brings us down to earth so that we can come home to our lives.
$4.99 in paperback from Amazon (112p, 13 images, list of native plant sources)
$2.99 for Kindle, iPad, Nook, and Sony Reader (12 images)
[And in case you were wondering, I priced these books at the minimum threshold for certain basic services. On each sale, I'll get about $1, ebook or paperback. I don't intend to make money on this, it's not really the point.]
For a book excerpt and more about me, link here to my new author website.
And why not join my Facebook book launch page? Just so many ways to be distracted.
Finally, here's a book trailer with loads of images:
Ok, that's enough. I already feel cheap about all of this. But authors who score a press, even a commerical one, have to do a lot of the work on their own anymore. If you get a copy I'd love to know what you think of the book--yay or nay. It'll help me either way. Now, off to work on another book since it's been 100 for 6 weeks, and the garden can only be visited by wistfully gazing out of my kitchen window. (I do have about two dozen monarch caterpillars inside, so they help comfort me.)