Farmer Bear’s Garden Turns 1

Happy birthday to Farmer Bear’s Garden! That’s right, one year ago on March 8 the book went out into the world. What an interesting year it’s been! Around October of 2019 I was working with my illustrator to get the art done for the book, which is the most time-intensive part of the publishing process. […]

Farmer Bear’s Garden named to best books list

I was excited to learn on Monday that Farmer Bear’s Garden has been named to the Best Gardening Books for Children list from Gardener’s Path. I had known for a few weeks that I was under consideration and am very pleased with the recognition. Read the full article here.

The waiting is the hardest part

Farmer Bear’s Garden is now available for sale! It was the culmination of a very long process, and the last few weeks were the hardest because I knew it was so close, but I couldn’t quite get it over the goal line. Once the book designer’s work is complete, you have PDF files of your […]

It’s getting close

I know many people are wondering about progress on the book. The past few weeks have been spent waiting as the designer works on creating the actual book. Before this step in the process, I had photo files with all the illustrations and a document with the words, but no way to put them together […]

So you want to self-publish a children’s book (Part 2)

In part 1 I talk about the steps of self-publishing up to hiring an illustrator. Now I’ll go over the collaboration process. I had a mental picture in my head of what I wanted but it’s not easy to describe, especially when you’re not an artist and don’t know the right terminology. I’ve read a […]

So you want to self-publish a children’s book (Part 1)

In an earlier post I explained how I came up with the idea for Farmer Bear’s Garden and fleshed out the idea in my head while riding my bike and during other idle pursuits. Now I’m going to explain what happens after you have your draft done. Once I had finished writing the book and […]

The Origin of the Story

I grew up around gardening and I never thought much about it. In my world, it was natural for your parents to be planting flowers and bushes, and working in the garden. My mom had flower beds everywhere and she was always trying new things, pruning plants, pulling out weeds, planning how to improve it […]