Early on this Christmas morning, while the family is still asleep, I thought I'd share a bit of the week's good news with all of you. I want to thank each and every one of you for following along! Gardener Cook (formerly Garden Notes) will officially reach 25,000 views before year's end! This is no small feat and is thanks entirely to you. No readers, no blog. It's that simple.
As I have alluded to in many Facebook posts and the occasional blog post, I've been wanting to share some exciting news for several weeks, but was unable to until the official word came and I was 100% sure it was going to happen. I didn't want to jinx it! So today, I can tell you with a great sense of pride (and a certain amount of relief!) that my first book proposal has been accepted by Timber Press and that I will be spending much of 2012 writing and photographing for a new book tentatively titled In A Southern Garden--Lessons From 20 Years of Gardening in the South. This is only a working title and may (will, likely) change, but you never know. Regardless, the proposal has met with all levels of approval, has been officially signed off on and I will have a contract in hand the first week of January!
On the same day--almost at the same time, in fact--a second project that I had been approached about working on also came through. If all of the stars align and we can work out any "conflict of interest" concerns, I may actually be working on two books in 2012! The second would be a distinct departure from my gardening world, but an easy step into my second passion--food! (There was some logic behind my changing up the blog earlier this year!) I can't say much more than that for now, as many of the details still have to be worked out, but keep your fingers crossed and perhaps by year's end I'll have some further news on this exciting second project.
I hope this brief post finds all of you well this holiday season! Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, I hope it brings you joy, happiness and peace. From my garden to yours, Merry Christmas and I'll see you in 2012!