Plant Your Porch: About Debra’s Newest Book Project
Here is the news about my forthcoming book for Timber Press — and details on how you can be part of it!
The working title is “Plant Your Porch: Transform your Outdoor Space into a Beautiful Garden,” with plans for an early 2016 publication.
As I begin developing the written content of this book, much will be influenced by the photography we are able to procure. With that in mind, I am seeking existing images of the following types of residential garden settings. This call for images covers all sorts of “lifestyle garden spaces,” including container-planted, in-ground and combinations:
- Planted outdoor rooms: Patio, Porch, Deck, Balcony and Courtyard environments featuring ornamental plants.
- Creative uses of small spaces with plants used for screening, definition, transition or decor.
- Entire garden projects illustrating a connection of “garden rooms” – the book will take a tour through all aspects of a residential setting.
- Porch gardens with “curb appeal.”
- Well-planted outdoor “living rooms” (patios or decks) where people gather and entertain.
- Eating/cooking areas integrated with vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and salad crops.
- Family-centric play spaces where plants are used as visual decor or sculpture.
- Spa/relaxation spaces: Outdoor tubs, showers, pools where sensory plants enhance.
Some of you have contributed to book projects like this before, so you know how it works. I have a fixed photography budget and I need to make it stretch to fill the book with 250 images. A priority will be placed on galleries of entire project – and I believe that’s how I can best compensate you for usage rights (i.e., the more images I’m able to use, the more appealing the compensation).
Here is your chance to showcase beautiful, artistic, plant-centric landscapes you’ve designed, built or photographed. I’m particularly eager to feature garden settings of diverse styles and a variety of geographic settings around North America. The goal is to showcase about 50 residential projects, coast to coast.
What to do:
(1) Identify projects you think might be a good fit for “Plant Your Porch.”
(2) If you are a photographer, I’d love to see previously published or unpublished residential projects you’ve already shot. You can send me a link to your Light Box site or load low-res images on Dropbox for my review.
(3) If you are a designer, please send me links to your projects. Scouting photos are acceptable if you don’t have access to professional images (photos less than 300 dpi or 3-x-5 inches will be considered for scouting purposes). We will be commissioning a select number of residential projects for the book.
(4) If you are a builder/contractor, please do the same as above.
I will be working on this book for the balance of 2014. Of course, the sooner you can share possible photography, the more likely that I can consider it for inclusion in the book. I would like to review all photography by June 1, 2014.
As you may know, In the past 12 years, I have authored 10 books on landscape, gardening and floral design topics. This project will be my first for Timber Press and we plan on a big publicity and marketing effort to support “Plant Your Porch.”
If you would like to chat further, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your consideration