Monday, March 16, 2009


While I was in NYC, an envelope arrived in the mail from my publisher, Gibbs Smith. Inside was a copy of the blad for my book.
What is a blad you ask?

It’s an acronym for Book Layout and Design, and it’s an advance preview of a book that publishers send out to bookstore VIPs and editors who review books.Blads feature the book jacket and a few layouts stapled together.
Hope you've enjoyed this mini preview of the book's preview. Thanks to the wonderful world of scanners, now everyone in Bloglandia is a VIP!

*** BLOG DU JOUR ***
Have you discovered Sarah's chronicle of surfing through life in her fixer-up cottage by the sea?
Photo courtesy A Beach Cottage blog.

A Beach Cottage blog features photos of wispy white cottage rooms, useful furniture how-tos (such as the one above), and amusing anecdotes of life in an Australian seaside town.


GeorgiaPeachez said...

It's getting closer and closer, soon to be in my hands. I love the cover! xo, suzy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

How exciting! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Looking forward to it being in the bookstore.

NeereAnDear said...

Oh my goodness... if this is a preview of things to come I cant wait to see what the whole shebang will be like!!

Congratulations that it is getting closer to fruition...


Back Through Time said...

Your new book looks wonderful!!
I can't wait to check it out. Will be on the look out for it.

Sit A Spell said...

Ok, I just had to say HI and thanks for stopping by to sit a spell on my blog.
While I was in KY, I did not see any barns painted or marked with unsightly things. I am not from there, just going on the area I was very nice.

I glanced down your blog and saw the game photos, then snow and daffodils...hmm, if you are in the Chi town area and have Daffodils, I am so jealous. I am in MI and mine are slightly out of the ground. sigh...

Looks like a nice book you are working on...I wish you well.

Lyst på livet said...

Thank you for visiting me. I promise, I`ll write something in english next time :-)
But then you maybe dont`t think it`s fun anymore....hehe...

Hugs from Norway :-)

Anonymous said...

woohoo! just the news I needed today Barbara. Bravo!
xo Roberta

Desperate Diva said...

Oh how excited you must be..!!! And yes..YOUR name, right there on the cover...:) It all looks so yummy and I can't wait to get MY COPY...:) It won't be long now.
Biggest Hugs,

Mermaid Queen said...

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours is beautiful, and congratulations on your book. All the flower and bird photos are great, I especially like the blue bird.
Take care,
Martha said...

Thanks for the tip, I enjoyed going through Sara's rose blog!

Congrats on the book! Let us know when it is for purchase.

Julie said...

The book looks amazing!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Love it. What a beautiful preview. And I learned what "blad" stands for too-lol.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a great book!! I love the picture on the top of your blog too. I just want to curl up on that sofa. What a cozy room.

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh does that look tempting!! Can't wait!

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abeachcottage said...

G'day Barbara

nice to meet you and thanks for popping by oh and thanks for the heads up on my blog, so nice

mmmm, the book looks right up my street, I guess you probably don't need me to tell you that, I would absolutely love to have a peek

happy blogging


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so happy to see the blad, Barbara. I can't wait to see it all, when the book comes out.

We're working on our little "waterfront place", this week, enjoying the warm pre-spring temps.

Wonderful post!

Marie Antionette said...

I'm like Penny,I want to buy a copy also.Just a fab cover.XXOO Marie Antionette

Catherine said...

Wow ~The beautiful cover with all the Gorgeous shades of blue, & the words~Waterside Cottages~has my heart racing! :) Looks beautiful..
First capture has me hooked!:)
Lots of luck with it!!
Can't wait to check out the 'Blog Du Jour'!!
Happy almost spring!! :D

Alison Gibbs said...

Thanks for sharing the BLAD with us - now we know we are special!!LOL
Always love reading Sarah's a beach cottage. Great to see an English girl living in Australia view on our beautiful country.

kari and kijsa said...

Beautiful Book!!...Love this! We just wanted to say Thank you!
kari & kijsa

Jennifer Paganelli said...

big congrats Barbara!!!! Huge!!

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Congratulations, Barbara. I know this has been a long time coming. From the preview it looks gorgeous of course and I can't wait to see more.


TattingChic said...

Very, very cool! THat is Bladulous news, LOL! ;)

Marilyn in NM said...

I'm so glad you visited my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Your book will be a hit with this crowd, that's for sure!! I know we're all excited about it and ready to get our copy.
I can't wait.
Marilyn in NM

Shabbyfufu said...

I cannot wait to see your book, pins and needles here! ~XO~Janet

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

OH MY GOSH! It looks amazing! That is my type of book! I can hardly wait. Will it be available for pre-ordering on Amazon?

Betty Jo said...

The book looks wonderful! How excited you must be. ♥

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

NICE Blad!! I particularly like the cover!

Lovin' your blog de jour choice, too!!!

Thanks for popping by my blog


FrenchBlue said...

Thanks for the comment on Laduree! I am a newcomer to blogging. I love your new book coming out and your blog! Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...

Oh wow! It looks wonderful, and how exciting!


Anonymous said...

It sounds very exciting. Are all the beach cottages in the US, or have you used cottages from other places too?


Daisy Cottage said...

I am so happy for you!
I can't wait to own a copy and have it proudly displayed on my living room table - after I've read it cover to cover, of course! ;-)


Kathryn Bechen said...

Can't wait to see the book; love the Good News/Blad News play on words! Kathryn :)

Cathy said...

Hi Barbara,

I'm thrilled about your new book. Can't wait to see it!

Congrats on this exciting next step.

xo Cathy

Anonymous said...

Barbara ~ Are you the photographer of the snow, bluebird and cardinal in the tree? Those are beautiful!

Amongst The Oaks said...

Hi Barbara,
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your book looks wonderful, I can hardly wait til it's available. I'll be back to visit regularly.

Natasha Burns said...

Congratulations on the BLAD, Barbara! I love seeing your and Dan's names there on the cover!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Thanks for sharing the blad news, Barbara. I can't wait to get a copy of this book. I'm sure it's well worth the wait.

Linda said...

Oh wow your book looks wonderful.
Cheers Linda

Jen Kershner said...

Your book is gorgeous, Barbara. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Can't wait for the BLAD to turn into lots of sales at book stores everywhere!!!

:) great colors on the cover,
xo Lidy

Marie Antionette said...

Thats really wonderful,and very exciting for you Barbara!!! The previews are fantastic of course. I cant't wait to see it. XXOO Marie Antionette

Anonymous said...

Looks fabulous! Can't wait to see the real deal!


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