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What can Garden Writers Today do for you?

I’m thrilled to be working with Cool Springs Press to create their monthly email newsletters for different segments of the gardening community. One of those is the newsletter for garden writers, in conjunction with Laura Schaub, Managing Editor of the Garden Writers Today website and community.

Currently, you can see a very UNFINISHED, BETA version of GWT here:

http://www.digplantgrow.com/gardenwriters/index.php

There are many other features and feeds that we’re planning to add, but this community and website is first and foremost a resource for you and fellow garden writers.

To make sure that we add information, resources, news, community features and other benefits that are TRUE benefits to writers and photographers, we’re conducting an informal blog survey/meme. We’re asking that garden writers and bloggers post on Tuesday, September 7th, and link back to a home blog post on the Garden Writers Today website. (We’ll have a link widget on there, and I’ll email you back with details about that.)

In your blog post, we’re asking that you answer this simple question:

“What Can Garden Writers Today Do For Me?”

Think of what would help support you, as a writer. Discussions? Tutorials? Photo resources? What would make the GWT site a place that you’d check frequently, even daily?

We’d like you to:

– Write a short post simply listing what would be helpful and why
– Invite your readers to comment to your post or ours with their ideas, as well
– Link to our blog and FB page sometime on Tuesday 9/7

Laura, Jean Ann and I will be promoting everyone’s posts on the FB page and Twitter, which should help you get a bit more traffic. But, mostly, we’re asking this as a favor to the entire community of writers to help us build a website and community that will be helpful for all of us.

Please let me know if you’d like to participate! Email me at ktplant “at” gmail “dot” com

And, thank you, in advance, for your time to help!

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My Live Facebook Author Interview with GardenBookstore.net

On Monday, I got an email from Jean Ann VK asking me if I’d like to be the GardenBookstore.net LIVE FACEBOOK AUTHOR INTERVIEW this week.  Now, either they’ve run out of other awesome authors and finally were like “ok, we guess we’ll ask Katie” or they think I have top secret information to share with all y’all (I live in North Carolina).

It is probably a combination of both.   I am super-flattered, and can’t wait to participate.

To follow along and ask questions, you need to “like” GardenBookstore.net on Facebook.  You can do that by clicking this link:  http://www.facebook.com/GardenBookstore

What I have to Offer You

I’m not a “book author.”  Not really.  I ghostwrite books, but I don’t have my name on them.  (Unless you look through the acknowledgments.)  I’m usually listed as “major help,” “editor,” “reader,” “tyrannical fanatic,” or something like that.

I’m more an author of online content:  blogs, newsletters, websites, facebook pages, twitter, etc.  I feel that twitter was MADE for me, or I was made for it.  My life is much more complete with twitter.  But, I digress.

WHY YOU SHOULD TUNE IN FOR THE INTERVIEW?

I thought that all of my adoring fans (all three of you: Hi NATALIE, SUSAN and SHELLEY!) knew about my history working in botanic gardens.  Apparently, I have one adoring fan that did not know about that.  (LAURA-have you or have you not been following my every move since birth?  Oh, I’ve only known you for about a year. K. You’re absolved.)  Working in and managing public gardens around the United States is how I learned a lot of what I hope to share with everyone today.

Have you ever visited a beautiful botanical garden and said to yourself “This is really pretty, but I could NEVER make my garden look like that?”  I’m here to tell you that you CAN.  If you want to.  Even if you just want your front flowerbed to make a BIG SPLASH, I’ll tell you how we do it in the public garden world.

The Practical Side of Gardening

I am a practical gardener.  I don’t have a lot of time to spend in my garden, but I spend all day looking out AT my front garden while I write.  So, I want it to look good.  I want it to look good, even if I can only spent about one full day, every other month, working in it.  (With husband on standby to run to the garden center for supplies if I need him to.  Which he is always pleased to do, because he likes to shop–particularly at garden centers.  We have three birdbaths.)

I don’t want to give everything away here in my blog post, but I’m hoping that you will ask me questions about some of these topics so that I can share my hard-earned tips with you!

  • Using annuals without breaking the bank
  • Designing your own mixed border for year-round color
  • IPM (Integrated pest management) or, in my case, NPM  (No Pest Management)
  • Why it is OK to hire a lawn service and what you should look for if you do
  • How a little bit of basic botany can go a long way toward helping you tend your garden.
  • We’re not kidding about mulch
  • Irrigation–do you have it–are you using it properly
  • and my VERY FAVORITE TOPIC EVER: how to water your plants correctly.
  • Dealing with deer and other animals around large pieces of property or big flower beds
  • MASS PLANTING: you CAN do it.

Plus more! I’ve worked at the Smithsonian, Marie Selby Botanical Garden, Indianapolis Zoo, Airlie Gardens, Fort Ticonderoga, Washington Park Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, and others.  Ask me to tell their secrets. I’m more than happy to.

Looking forward to seeing you this afternoon!

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Claire de Lune Blog Tour and Book Giveaway!

UPDATE: CLAIRE BOOK WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Here are the winners of the big BOOK giveaway!  If you’re a winner, please email me your name, address, and who you’d like Christine to sign the book to.  Email me at ktplant “at” gmail “dot” com, so that I can have Christine autograph your book, and send it to you.

Winners:

Shelley Dawson Hendershot  (I believe Shelley commented on every SINGLE blog, and put it on facebook about seventeen  times, so she had LOTS of chances to win!)

Susan L. Morrison

Rebecca Sweet

Laura Matthews

Eleanor Erickson

(These winners were randomly drawn from the pool of entries that followed the contest instructions below.  Some of them also wrote blog posts, but they tweeted, facebooked or told their friends about it, according to instructions! Thank you for playing!  Enjoy the books!)

TODAY IS THE BIG DAY!

Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnson, published by Simon Pulse, is NOW at bookstores near you!  Werewolves are also lurking on blogs near your corner of the internet, too.  Today we’re having a big blog book tour to celebrate the release of Claire de Lune at blogs near and far.  Here’s the list of participating blogs:

Cakewrecks:  http://www.cakewrecks.com

Indexed   http://thisisindexed.com

Good Enough Gardening Podcast and Facebook Page:  http://www.goodenoughgardening.com

Punk Rock Gardens:  http://punkrockgardens.com

Pomegranate Books:   http://www.pombooks.net

The Mini Garden Guru:  http://minigardener.wordpress.com

The Garden of Words:   https://thegardenofwords.wordpress.com

Chicks on Sticks:   http://chicksonsticks.wordpress.com

Glynne’s Soaps:   http://glynnesoaps.com/soap_blog

Theme a Party:  http://themeaparty.com

Gossip in the Garden:   http://gossipinthegarden.com

Jenny Peterson Garden Design:    http://www.jpetersongardendesign.com

Masks Blog:     http://themasksblog.blogspot.com

Blue Planet Gardening Blog  http://garden-chick.typepad.com/garden_chicks_design_tips

All Biz Answers  http://www.allbizanswers.com

New Rules of Publishing:  http://www.newrulesofbookpublishing.com

Bling and Buy:   http://blingandbuy.blogspot.com

Amuse Bouche:   http://lellysmusings.blogspot.com

Fight Mediocrity:  http://fight-mediocrity.com

Joy’s Jam: http://joysjam.com

Agility Spot: http://agilityspot.com

BrushBuck Guide Services: http://www.brushbuckphototours.com/blog

Fussbudget Promotions: http://www.fussbudgetpromo.com

Take the Tour, Comment, and Come back Here to Win

Want to read about werewolves in the workplace?  How about surfing lessons for werewolf wahines?  All that and more is covered in the big blog book tour.  Check out the blogs, leave comments, and, learn more about the book, itself:

Check out Christine’s Web Page: http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com

Follow her on Twitter:  @cjohnsonbooks

Become a Fan of Claire de Lune on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/clairedelunebook

Buy the book at Amazon.com

or, purchase it from your favorite local indie bookstore: http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder

Win a Copy of Claire de Lune

Christine was kind enough to donate three copies of Claire de Lune with a signed book plates to our Blog Book Tour.  Would you like to win this book?  (You do want to win it.  It is GREAT!)  You have several options to enter the book giveaway:

  • Become a fan of Claire de Lune on Facebook
  • Tweet about the book and/or blog tour with the hashtag #clairedelune
  • Upload a picture of Claire de Lune in the “wild” (at your local bookstore) to the Claire de Lune Fan Page on Facebook, or to twitter with the hashtag #clairedelune
  • Comment on one of the participating blogs listed here, and then come back HERE and tell us where you commented! (so I can find you–some of these blogs are REALLY popular and get LOTS of comments.)

You can do as MANY of those as you want, as MANY times as you want.  Each “activity” will enter you one time into the drawing for a book.  I have THREE copies to give away.  Please complete your activities by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, May 18th, to enter.

I’ll gather up all of the entries and select three winners using random.org  If you’re really active, it might take me a couple of days to get all of the entries together, so be patient 🙂

Find out the winners of the books on this blog no later than Friday, May 21.

HAVE FUN and thank you for spreading the word about this great new book!

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Claire de Lune non-Book Blog Tour

The novel Claire de Lune, by Christine Johnson, will be published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon and Schuster, on TUESDAY, MAY 18th.

I’ve already read the book, and I LOVED it! It’s Johnson’s first novel, and geared for the Young Adult market, but I think that lots of groups will find it interesting: Moms & Daughters, book clubs, teens, people who liked Twilight, etc.  The book is evocative and atmospheric.  I really FELT like I was in the woods with the wolves.  It was also fun to read about being in love for the first time.  I wasn’t a werewolf, and I wasn’t in love with one, but, I gotta say, that time felt pretty tumultuous.  You can order the book on Amazon, HERE, or call your favorite local indie shop and ask them to order it for you!

Big non-book Blog Book Tour

To have a little bit of fun with the launch (because I grew up with Christine), I decided to coordinate a big blog book tour on NON book related blogs.  On Tuesday, May 18th, you’ll be able to visit the blogs below for a fun werewolf post!  Be sure to visit and comment at each blog.  It should be fun to see everyone’s take on the werewolf situation.

And, it is NOT too late to participate!  If you’d like to join the fun, write a werewolf post for your blog and schedule it for May 18th.  THEN, email me at ktplant “at” gmail “dot” com with your blog URL so I can add you to the list.

Many thanks to everyone who is participating!

Werewolves coming to these blogs on Tuesday, May 18th:

Cakewrecks:  http://www.cakewrecks.com

Double Danger:    http://doubledanger.com

Indexed   http://thisisindexed.com

Good Enough Gardening Podcast and Facebook Page:  http://www.goodenoughgardening.com

Punk Rock Gardens:  http://punkrockgardens.com

Pomegranate Books:   http://www.pombooks.net

The Mini Garden Guru:  http://minigardener.wordpress.com

The Garden of Words:   https://thegardenofwords.wordpress.com

Chicks on Sticks:   http://chicksonsticks.wordpress.com

Glynnes Soaps:   http://glynnesoaps.com/soap_blog

Theme a Party:  http://themeaparty.com

Gossip in the Garden:   http://gossipinthegarden.com

Jenny Peterson Garden Design:    http://www.jpetersongardendesign.com

Masks Blog:     http://themasksblog.blogspot.com

Blue Planet Gardening Blog  http://garden-chick.typepad.com/garden_chicks_design_tips

All Biz Answers  http://www.allbizanswers.com

New Rules of Publishing:  http://www.newrulesofbookpublishing.com

Bling and Buy:   http://blingandbuy.blogspot.com

Amuse Bouche:   http://lellysmusings.blogspot.com

Fight Mediocrity:  http://fight-mediocrity.com

Joy’s Jam: http://joysjam.com

Agility Spot: http://agilityspot.com

BrushBuck Guide Services: http://www.brushbuckphototours.com/blog

Find Christine Johnson, Author of Claire de Lune, online

Check out Christine’s Web Page: http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com

Follow her on Twitter:  @cjohnsonbooks

Become a Fan of Claire de Lune on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/clairedelunebook

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Super Cool GOW Mentions

Patty Craft, editor of Horticulture Magazine, also went to the SF Garden show.  THEN, she wrote a little blog article about it on the Hort Magazine website.  AND, she mentioned my blog about “Weird Stuff From the Show!”  THAT was neat!

Read Patty’s recap here.

Additionally, I recently helped Garden Rant writer/editor Susan Harris launch her new business: Garden Center Blogger.  She gave me a super nice shout out as well.

Read Susan’s shout out here.

Thanks, ladies!

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My Book Addiction

Yesterday was the last day at Queensboro for the person that trained me.  She’s moving on to manage a Yoga center here in town.  They put together a new notebook for her to jot ideas and thoughts, and asked everyone to write in it.  I was not in yesterday, so I emailed my two cents.  That included quotes from books and poems, and a few tea bags and fortune cookies. The person I emailed my letter to wrote back to say that I had a way with words.  I wouldn’t have that if I didn’t read. All the time.

A few days ago, I finally cleared off my iPhone and made room for public domain books on it, so I’ll never be without something to read.  I also paid to download the $5.99 McSweeny’s ap, which delivers new content from their publications, daily. Books are my pacifiers.

While visiting the Sanibel Island Book Shop last evening, I prowled through the three aisles of carefully selected books and stacked a high pile on the cashwrap.  I told the owner “It’s like I’ve never seen a bookstore before when I come in here.”  “Weren’t you just here a couple of months ago?” she asked.  (I don’t live there.)  “Yes.”

It is almost physically impossible for me to enter a bookstore and not leave with a book.  Despite all of the magazine/internet articles, and pleading from friends and spouse, I don’t go to the library.  Despite the financial sense it makes, I don’t borrow my books.  I buy them.

I say, frequently, that I might have to burn my books one page at a time to keep warm when I’m old.  I might even have to boil them down for the cellulose to eat.  But, until I can’t, I’ll have my books.

The USA Today earlier this week said that people who buy 100 or 300 books a year are gone from the bookstores.  They only buy on Amazon.  The average book purchase by an average person is ONE BOOK A YEAR.  I simply can’t fathom that.

My name is Katie and I’m a book addict.

And I’m NOT going to rehab.

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aHa!

Before I started doing some writing for aHa! Modern Living, I was a compulsive lurker on the site, and twitter friend of the owner, Jayme Jenkins.  She has some DARN COOL stuff.

A few weeks ago, she debuted a brand-new site design, and a truckload of new products.  (I have one of the Floral Clocks.  It looks fantastic with my blue and brown and beach decor.)

Starting soon, she’ll also have a once a month e-newsletter. I probably subscribe to 100 e-newsletters.  Some, I skim, others I read to the letter.  With her cool stuff, fun personality, and, well, cool writers, I’m betting that Jayme’s e-newsletter is going to be pretty fab.  SO–run right over and sign up!  You won’t be sorry. . .

Sign up for the Aha! Modern Living E-Newsletter (scoll to the bottom of the page).

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