Thursday, April 9, 2009


Asian elephants have a gestation period of 645 days.

African elephants are pregnant for 640 days.

My book from pitch letter to press has been in the oven about 820 days!

And for the past three weeks, Dan and I have been going over the final proof pages.
We’ve carefully checked every photo, caption and resource on each of the book’s 160 pages.(From Chapter 7)

It seems like a lifetime since I submitted the idea to Gibbs Smith in January 2007.
(From Chapter 9)

Now, as I sit here typing this blog entry, the book is being printed.

(From Chapter 11)

You can see a preview at

(From Chapter 13)


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

YAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! What wonderful news. I can't wait to get a copy. How long from press to book store shelf?

How was your trip to NC?

Ruth Welter said...

Congratulations Barbara...I'm very happy for you and I'm sure this will be a thrill for you to see you concept and hard work in print.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great news Barbara! I went to Amazon to check it out and am thinking of pre-ordering. I can't wait to see it!

Back Through Time said...

You book looks fabulous. What a wonderful sneek peek!
Can't wait

Susie Q said...

Whoo Hoo! I am so thrilled for you both! And I am so happy for all of us too! We get to have a copy of your book! Finally! Ooh! Can I pre order it from Amazon? I am gonna go check!

Love and congrats,

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Barbara!!! I'm so happy for you girl!!!! Good things come to those who wait, right?? I wish you nothing but success with it ~ xxoo, Dawn

Jackie Von Tobel said...

The proofs look great and I am sure that once that first crisp copy arrives at your door you will forget about how long it took from start to finish. There's nothing like it except perhaps child birth - if we remembered how crappy we felt for nine months or the pain of labor we'd never have any more kids! I'm just finishing up the proofing process myself on my second book and I can tell you it doesn't get easier the second time around.

NeereAnDear said...

The proof is in the proofs!!

I am so looking forward to this book.... I cant wait to get my fat little fingers on a copy and devour it in one fell swoop!!

I know this means so much to you ... a true testament to your hard work and definite perseverance... AND.... you not taking NO for an answer!!



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


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TattingChic said...

Wow! That's exciting. Finally! That IS a lot of waiting! Congratulations!

Kathryn Bechen said...

Looking forward to reading your book! Congrats and kudos on your patience. Kathryn :)

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Yeah! Can it be pre-ordered yet?

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Barbara,

Oh - yeah - yeah - what fabulous news about your book. Your book looks fabulous from the little peek and I can't wait to add it to my collection of cottage books.

Congratulations and cheers to you for "never, never, never giving up, never".


Susie Q said...

Whoo Hoo! I pre-ordered it! I wanted your publisher to see how excited we all are about this book!!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

How very exciting, Barbara! I know you've waited a looooong time for this & it's now just around the corner. Congrats!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

Wow, so awesome to see a few of the pages like this. The photos look amazing!

What an exciting time this must be.


Trisha Evans said...

So happy to hear your long awaited but oh so wonderful news!


Mary said...

Oh, how exciting! It looks wonderful. It must be such a terrific feeling to finally see the results of all your hard work. Congratulations!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Can't wait to purchase my signed copy from Roberta and then drive to Michelle's and have her sign as well. Way to go, Barbara!

IowaCowgirl said...

I am SO glad I stumbled upon your blog. ..can't wait until the book comes out. Please take a look at my little schoolhouse'll enjoy it I think!

And (this is rather bizarre I know), I write indexes for non-fiction books. Could I send you my information on that?

Elyse said...

wow -- i just discovered your blog and am just GASPing at your amazing work. warmest congratulations on the book -- how EXCITING!!!


Cathy said...


I am so excited and proud of you. What an accomplishment. The book looks wonderful and I know how hard you worked at it. I hope you give yourself a GIANT pat on the back when it is finished.

I think I am going to put "Writing a Book" on my Vision Board. You have give me the confidence that maybe, I too, can achieve this some day.


xoxo Cathy

FrenchGardenHouse said...

finally, finally. :) {it must feel like giving birth}
xo moi

Vintage Rose Collection said...

YEAH! The moment is at hand!!!
Congratulations Barbara! The cover looks lovely, very inviting...
I cant wait to get a copy!
Love to you

Sue said...

I will be in line to buy your book when it's available. Your 'preview' photos are GORGEOUS! Can we pre-order? Sue in Sarasota