Thanks so much for all the comments and emails wondering what my news is, and also those asking for the booze recipes. Answer to the news bit is todays post, and for tomorrow I shall do a full run-down of my boozy recipes that I did on TV yesterday.
So what's the big news? The photo above might just give you a clue.
Something to do with my wee book, So Easy Herbal.
I love my little herb book, my baby, my first born book. Like producing any new addition to the family it's been a long haul. From conception (the fun part), to the first trimester of sending out book proposals to publishers last year (and being knocked back by all of them) all kind of rocky but you've set your course so you're in there and going ahead anyway. To spending the 'sofa months' writing it all in that sort of ever hopeful 'If we build it they will come' mentality. To deciding to go it alone and publish myself and deal with the printing and selling etc all from here.The book was eventually 'out there' and selling. But not quite in the way I'd wished for. No real publisher involved. It was all real, but not totally real if you see what I mean. Not real as in the sense of My Big Dream.
Well dear friends, now it really is REAL. I have a publisher, yes a living, breathing real live one! My little booky wooky (sorry to borrow from Russel Brand here, but those two words are just perfect here) has been accepted by a publisher who will be releasing it early in the new year under their own banner. It will then be available in shops all over the UK and hopefully abroad too.
My dream, my book dream, has finally come true.
Maybe I went about it all in a somewhat roundabout manner, rather than the traditional route of "proposal to publisher – accepted – write book – book published – get on tv to promote". Oh no, I did it my way (well the only way I could), " write book – self publish – get on tv – then get published ". What the hell, I've done it, I'm thrilled!
So raise your coffee cups, tea, wine , or whatever; here's to "So Easy Herbal" may she sell well and travel far, may she show others the joy of herbs and forever shatter the myth that herb crafting is difficult or boring and that you can only be part of it all if you're a white witch, an old hippy or a tweedy with a country estate.
Now, find that biro, recharge the camera and get started on the next one……..
PS There's a THANKS here too. To you, my friends and readers who have supported me and urged me on, thanks for beleiving.