The Naturally Bug-Free Garden hits prime time
Although the announcement makes me feel a bit flaky, I'm excited to tell you that I've signed a contract with Skyhorse to make Naturally Bug-Free available in print in spring 2015! The book will probably be slightly renamed (to The Naturally Bug-Free Garden) and will be a moderately expanded version of the ebook currently up on Amazon.
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Why the change of tune? Close readers will recall that I had offered the book to Skyhorse, but thought the deal was off when they balked at leaving me the ebook rights.
I'd like to say that I'm a keen negotiator, but I think that Skyhorse
is instead a smart publisher willing to change with the times.
Whatever the reason, the publishing house decided to take a chance on me
--- the first time they've ever bought a title without the ebook rights
attached --- and they came back to me last Friday with a new offer.
I was more than happy to
accept a slightly lower advance in exchange for keeping the e-rights for
myself while having the paper edition put together and distributed by
pros. Skyhorse sold many more copies of The Weekend Homesteader on paper than I thought they would,
and they definitely moved far more than I ever could have shifted on my
own, so I'll be thrilled to have them work their print magic on my bug
What's relevant to you,
the reader? Three things. First, if you've already bought
the ebook or plan to buy it in the near future, you'll have the old
version, but I'll update the ebook with the Skyhorse version in a month
or two. At that time, Amazon will let you upgrade to the revised
version for free. As always, when you buy one of my ebooks, you
get free upgrades forever!
I plan to unpublish the homemade paper version tomorrow (although I'll
still have a few on hand for giveaways), so if you really, really want
my original version rather than waiting a year to get the official
version on paper, you'd better grab it now. This is especially
relevant for those of you who want the cheap black and white version
since the official version will be full color and more expensive,
although probably cheaper than the full-color version I offered.
Finally, I'm taking this
opportunity to expand the book a bit, so some of you may see your garden
featured in print! Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with high-resolution photos (anything except pictures from a camera
phone will probably work) and an explanation of your experience with
controlling pest insects in the garden without chemicals and you might
be featured in the print edition. To sweeten the pot, anyone whose
contributions make the cut will win one of our homesteading care
packages --- a paperback of your choice (The Weekend Homesteader, Watermelon Summer, or my color version of Naturally Bug-Free), a kefir starter culture, some of our favorite seeds, and a Walden Effect t-shirt (size L or 2XL).
Mark likes to say, "Anna
always gets what she wants." And after this experience working
with my publisher, I'm starting to think he's right....