2 weeks until pub date: 5 ways you can help now

THERE’S NO VIDEO OR BOOK GIVEAWAY in this post, so I understand if you’re inclined to skip it.  But I’m hoping you’ll read on, and help make “And I Shall Have Some Peace There,” coming two weeks from today, on February 23, a success. I’m not very comfortable asking for help, or “selling” myself. I’d rather talk about plants, or creative inspirations. But I am extremely proud of the book–and then there’s this:

Book-writing is key to the scaled-down life I’ve consciously chosen since I left my career, paycheck and benefits. Along with part-time consulting, writing is how I support myself. The garden blog is what I jokingly call my non-profit work…it costs money to run it, but pays back in the pleasure I derive creating it and in your companionship and conversation.

So as awkward as it is, here goes: Here are 5 things you can do to help me succeed. The most expensive “ask” runs $16 to $26, depending where you shop. The others cost nothing at all. Won’t you:

1. Buy a book (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?).

2. Share and Like my book video, showing it to others I might not know, but you do.

3. Join, or “Like” my book’s page on Facebook. (There’s one for the garden blog, too.)

4. Forward one of my recent emails, such as yesterday’s (which is right here) to friends. (What? You don’t subscribe already? Well, go ahead.)

5. Wish me giant luck. In the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, the luckiest sign of all. I’m not so crazy about bunnies in the garden…but this golden one hopping into my life now: I’ll take it!

P.S. — Remember, you don’t have to do any of these, and the gates to A Way to Garden and this book blog will stay open and ad-free. You are always welcome. Your visits and comments are among the many treasures of my “new” rural life, just like Andre Jordan the Doodler (his first “take” on my adventure is up top).

Thanks many times over, friends.

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  1. Johanna says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, Margaret! You must be so immensely proud of all you’ve done these past years, and to have so much of it rolled up in your book is just very exciting for the rest of us! Congratulations!

  2. Michelle says:

    I’ve done (or will do in the case of book purchasing, all those things), but I’m unable to locate the embed code.

    You will do wonderfully I’m sure. And you have my support, for whatever that might be worth. :)

  3. Lorene says:

    I’ve got your back Margaret. It’s the least I can do for the inspiration and lift I’ve received from A Way to Garden over the past several years. I, too, have a book coming out next November and I would rather swallow my tongue than “sell” myself. Thank you once again, for showing me a graceful way to go about things. Best of luck and congratulations!!!

  4. Ami says:


    The link to facebook to “like” the book is not working. It keeps pulling up an error message.
    Thought you would want to know. Can’t wait to get the book….and iso happy t’s available on Kindle- yay!

  5. Robin Follette says:

    Giant luck, Margaret! I’ve checked off everything on the list. I’m excited for you! Hoping to make it to your lecture and signing in Portland in April.

    1. Margaret says:

      Thanks, Blake (I think I forgot to do half of the 5 things myself, tee hee). So nice of you.

      Welcome, Robin, and thank you as well. I am thrilled to have your support…

      …and all of yours. I am checking the FB link. It works for me, but hmmm…thanks, Ami.

  6. Denise says:

    I’m the lucky winner of your book-give-away. Reading it any chance I get and loving every word. I will definitely be talking it up to my friends and on my little blog. Thank you!!

  7. Renee says:

    Just received notice from Amazon that your book shipped today and will arrive tomorrow! Woohoo! Guess I know what I’m doing this weekend. Good luck and best wishes for much-deserved success. And I’m so glad you asked for help… is it a woman thing to keep endlessly giving to others (as you do so beautifully and inspiringly with A Way to Garden.com) while never feeling you can ask anything for yourself? Thanks for asking — you’re inspiring all your faithful followers to do the same with our friends & families. [Of course, we would never abuse the privilege. :-) ]

  8. Fran says:

    I have also pre-ordered your book (December), and have received my order update that it will be shipping sooner than expected. Woo-woo! I look forward to reading it and love your inspiring videos!

  9. Rosella says:

    Going off to order it right now! Giant Luck, Margaret, and thank you for keeping this blog going — it is always interesting to come here to see what’s doing.

  10. Mia says:

    Hi Margaret! I can’t wait for the book! I am gifting one “from me to me” as its out on my birthday! Lucky bunnies to you and I am off to recommend my local library put in an order today!

  11. Nicole Caldwell says:

    Hi Margaret,
    I pre-ordered your book from Amazon in December and UPS just delivered it today! I have a hair appointment tonight, and I plan to bring it with me and dig in, so to speak! Can’t wait!

    1. Margaret says:

      So many new commenters here today — thank you all for joining the conversation over here on the “book blog.” Welcome to Nichole, Rosella, Fran, Renee…and all of you.

      I have to say it is with some nervousness that I hear that you have books in your hands or thereabouts. What if you hate it? :)

      I guess that’s part of the deal, right? I had to go out there on a limb and tell what was happening to me (including inside my head, uh-oh) to make this book come true. I was very moved by the first review it got today on Amazon, by “Yogamom.” At least we have one satisfied customer so far!

      Thank you all many times over.

  12. jane gross says:

    amazon pre-ordered months ago. on my FB page today. when is the chinese sign for feb. 26? we are all in this together. and our parents would be proud. xxoo

    1. Margaret says:

      Hi, Jane. You are so right — our sportswriter fathers and all the rest of them. To learn your Chinese zodiac sign, you need the year of birth, too…e.g., I am a Horse in that tradition.

  13. andre says:

    shared – facebooked – blogged – and ordered a few books for friends.

    as someone who was fortunate enough to get an early copy of the book I cannot say how much i enjoyed it and how brilliantly you put the journey together.

    1. Margaret says:

      Andre, you are a good boy as ever. Extra bicky at tea for you. Thanks for being here with me in our virtual relationship the whole ride.

      Welcome, Cat. Many, many thanks. And away we go, right? Nervous!

  14. sally says:

    I received my pre-ordered copy from Amazon today, which means that chances of getting to the gym/market/bottom of the laundry pile tomorrow are SMALL. I plan on turning off the ringer(s), pouring some tea, and settling in with your beautiful book. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Margaret. I think it will help many of us find our own road less traveled.

    1. Margaret says:

      Sally: I cannot be held responsible for a total decline in your fitness, food supply and personal cleanliness, tee hee. A very funny comment, thank you. I hope you will enjoy it. Nervous over here, very nervous.

  15. sally ross says:

    I just (reluctantly) put down your book, because well, I really do need to feed my son something for dinner. And for a second, I thought to turn around and ask you: is pasta with broccolini ok? Hmm, guess I’d gotten used to your company here on the couch. Reading your book feels like being in conversation with an old friend. Hope you are planning a sequel…

    1. Margaret says:

      @Sally: You are so nice to write this encouraging comment, thank you. Yes! Love broccolini. (I use Tinkyada brown rice pasta here, but any/all sound delicious.) Yes, a sequel will be forthcoming, haha. If only I can make time to sit quietly and write. I think that will start after mid-April, when the “publication” phase of the first book starts to quiet a bit.

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