It is with great pleasure (and relief) that I am finally able to announce the publication of my book!
To celebrate, I'm having a book giveaway!
- To learn more about the book, read on
- For a "Look Inside", click here
- To learn about the giveaway, click here
- To purchase, select one of the following:
The book is based on my blog but has been organized into topics and expanded. It is neither a "how-to" book, nor a "why-to" book, although in the introduction I included your answers from my blog survey "Question For My Readers: Why Homestead?" Rather, this book is the telling of Dan's and my story, of our experiences in trying to establish a self-sufficient homestead. It's the telling of our dream and how we've begun to fulfill it. I share what we've researched, what we've tried, our successes and failures, and what we've learned from them.
- The Dream
- Defining Our Goals
- Setting Priorities
- Developing A Master Plan
- (Includes copies of all our Master Plans)
- What Do We Need?
- How Much Do We Need?
- Preservation & Storage
- Working Toward No-Energy Food Preservation & Storage
- Perpetuating The Food Supply
- Doing The Research
- Putting It All Together
- 7 of my homestead recipes for homegrown foods
- Green Bean Broccoli Salad with “World Famous” Croutons
- Stuffed Summer Squash
- Goatherd's Pie
- Cracklin' Cornbread
- Sweet Potato Honey Pie
- Canned Green Tomatoes for Frying
- A list of resources
- Calculating Protein With The Pearson Square
- Homegrown Vitamins & Minerals For Goats
- an extensive index
That's 262 pages in a 6 inch by 9 inch paperback for $12.95. (Currently going for $11.37 on Amazon, although I don't know for how long.)
Why no Kindle (mobi) edition? Kindle lovers will be asking this so here's the answer. Although I don't read books by this method, I looked into it for those who do. What I learned is that e-readers do best with text, less so with images and illustrations. In fact, it's the images that drive up the cost of the Kindle editions. Because my book has 142 photos and 14 drawings/diagrams, I opted not to go this route for now.
The story behind this book goes back to Benita, (Basically Benita) who first encouraged me to turn my blog into a book. I honestly didn't take her seriously at first, but she kept prodding gently, until I finally decided to do it. Her support and help have been invaluable.
It has been several years in the making, in fact, my first subtitle was going to be "The First Four Years". I thought I'd have it done by then. We're wrapping up five years here, so you can see it took longer than I first anticipated! Part of that has been tackling some steep learning curves. Unless one wants to hire out the various parts of the process, the world of self-publishing falls almost entirely on Self. It includes not only writing and photography, but also formatting, book and cover design, learning the software to make it all happen, as well as learning how to comply with commercial printers' standards. I can't tell you how many times I became discouraged and felt like giving up. But every time that happened, one of you would email me and tell me I ought to write a book! It is to you, my blog readers, that this book has been dedicated.
Please do consider entering my book giveaway. It's open to anyone, anywhere in the world. I would love to put a free copy into someone's hands, plus you'd be helping me promote my book. I would be ever so grateful for that.
Information on how to enter is here.
The giveaway ends December 17 at midnight. Until then, I'm going to take a brief break from blogging. I'll be back on December 18th, announcing the winner and ready to blog once more.
Again, to order you can currently choose from one of the following:
- my CreateSpace eStore
- more options in about 6 to 8 weeks, including Canada and Australia