Thanksgiving tends to make me emotional and mushy about how much I appreciate the people and the circumstances in my life. Since Thanksgiving 2010, the Aquaponic Gardening book has been one of my central themes, so I guess it is only natural to focus my gratitude this year on those who really helped to make it happen.
- Alan – Any of you who have followed my writings over the past year know that I can’t help but start any list of thank you’s and acknowledgements with my husband and business partner, Alan. Not only was Alan a critical editor of the first, very rough, drafts of each chapter of the book (insuring that I didn’t embarrass myself in the eyes of the publisher) but he also played other valuable support roles as well. He made sure that nothing stood in the way of my goal of writing 1000 words a day. Not order fulfillment for our business. Not household chores like making dinner. He cleared the way on both the business-front and the home-front that made it possible for me to hit a very tight deadline.
- New Society Publisher – Without New Society, and their very tight deadline, this book may have never been written. Having a contract with deadlines with teeth behind them did wonders for my focus and concentration. Plus, I am grateful to New Society for their excellent cover design, editing, proofreading, and layout. And for agreeing to create an expensive eight-page color insert. And for hiring a PR agency to setup radio interviews. And for paying for the book promo video. And for being there as cheerleaders and an overall support team for the book.
- Photo, quote, and story contributors – I am so grateful to everyone who so generously, and without hesitation, not only donated photos, quotes and stories for the book, but also, in the case of photos, signed legal releases. Their contributions brought to life both the book and the spirit of community that is so prevalent in aquaponics.
- Endorsers – And then there were the 22 people who agreed to read an advanced copy of the book and if they liked it, to endorse it. Without exception all 22 did read the book and then did endorse it, and their very kind words from those that I respect so very much warmed my heart.
- Amazon reviewers – The other group of endorsers that amaze me are the ones who write reviews on Amazon.com. These people were not asked, but rather voluntarily took time out of their day to say wonderful things about my book. I have never met most of them, but I’d sure like to buy them a beer!
- Book purchasers – Last, but in no way least, is anyone who has purchased my book since it came out in September. Because of you, the book is just coming out of its second printing and this after the book has been shipping for only two months! And the second printing will include all of the 22 endorsements that were erroneously left out of the first printing.
I’ve learned this past year that it truly takes a village to create a book. Thank you to everyone for your incredible support, and for being an important part of that village.