The Story Behind the Book:
For almost thirty years I had kept sketch diaries of things I’d seen in nature,— whether it was a baby bunny out in the yard, a fox in a field, or some lovely wildflower that had taken my fancy,— adding notes to describe what I’d seen or tell a short story connected with it. I did this for my own enjoyment, never actually expecting to share it with anyone. However, when I decided to show one of these journals to The Monday Painters, a group of artist friends with whom I meet each week, they convinced me that a book could—and should— be done from them.
The Technical Stuff:
I did my own graphic design and preparation of the files needed for publishing, using photo-editing programs, and “Pages” ( Mac equivalent to Microsoft Word)
Createspace.com was the online printer I chose to publish through.
My Experience in Doing this Book:
It was a LOT of work! A million decisions had to be made, starting with “which entries, out of hundreds, would I include in this book?” ( It could only be so long and still be affordable and manageable.) Ultimately, though, it has been the most satisfying thing I have ever done. Nature has been such a rejuvenating influence in my life, and I think this book is the perfect way to share my enjoyment of it with the world.
I will soon be detailing my experience in creating & marketing this book in a new blog. I’ll keep you updated!
In the meantime, if you’d like to see a preview, go to
If you think you’d enjoy owning a copy, it is also available at the Createspace Estore:
( I get a higher royalty there!)
If you choose to purchase from Amazon, please let a review. Thank you!
NOTE: All images and text in this post are Copyright K. A. Renninger 2014. I am more than happy to have you share them through your own blog, and hope you will do so—but you must give me credit. Anyone who uses them to make money will be prosecuted.