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My book is born

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the February 18th, 2009

An advance copy of my book arrived via courier yesterday morning. I have received many stages of the book via the same courier but none as exciting as this. This was it. This was the end result of sixteen months of work. From its genesis as a script for a DVD, it became the biggest word doc I have on my laptop. Those 85 000 words morphed into pages which had to be proofed and reproofed. Then came the design stage. I had to move my head away from writing about vegetables to drawing them. And more photographs were required. I have taken hundreds of photographs already of my garden, but sections of the book needed specific pics. Some required hours of setting up, others needed hours of patience. Some were just caught. Culling the best photos from the thousands that Keith and I have taken over the last year was a huge job.Then the first black and white proof pages arrived via courier, I was overwhelmed at how beautiful they looked. These had to be proofed and reproofed so back and fore they went between Jo’burg and Cape Town. My first idea of what the final book would look like was the pdf file with the (nearly) final version. But nothing really prepared me for opening (I ripped it open!) the envelope yesterday and holding my book in my hands. Part of me can’t believe that this is what I did. It is beautiful beyond anything I could have imagined when I first started writing all those months ago. So we are drinking champagne tonight to celebrate its arrival and launch into the world.

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  1. sonskyn said,

    on February 18th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Congratulations on your book! It “sounds” like a must-have! I came across your website via searches & links to veg gardening in/around Jozi – the photographs of your garden are so inspiring. My veg garden (actually not yet able to call it thus) is in its children shoes – so am I – at the moment I have the inspiration but not the perspiration:-)…. I hope to learn alot from visiting your blog & site (& buying your book in the future). My favorite read at the moment is “Fork to Fork” by Monty & Sarah Don. A great site & blog!
    sonja

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