Friday, January 6, 2012

It's a....BOOK!

Rachel Vidoni and her new baby, Little Changes

 I just wanted to let you all know, officially here on my blog, that I had my baby. Well, it was a joint labor really, but the book that Kristi Marsh and I have been working on for the last year and a half arrived in the mail two days ago, in actual pages. With a binding. And amazing illustrations. It was certainly the longest labor of my life; 13,148.7 hours. Not that I was counting. And while I didn’t need an epidural, there were quite a few hours in there that required numerous glasses of wine and a lot of sustained breathing exercises.

When I first signed the contract (over margaritas and Mexican food) to ghostwrite/edit this book, I had little idea of what it would entail, but was excited for an opportunity to actually be part of a book-writing process. Kristi didn’t really know me. I didn’t really know her. I didn’t know much about the book she wanted to write and I had absolutely no clue how to work on a project of this nature (which I’ve kept a secret until now). Honestly, I didn’t know if I was even capable of such a feat, but the book proposition presented itself, so I pretended I was an expert writer who could transform anything she handed me into spun gold. 

Which of course, I did.

Not very humble sounding, is it? That’s terrible, I know. I’m not a big one to toot my own horn, but after a labor and delivery like this one, I’m pretty proud of the book we created and I want to show it off to the world—just like a first-time mom holding up her newborn baby. “Isn’t she beautiful?” I know. How much more narcissistic can I get?

Well, a little more is always possible apparently. 

Little Changes; Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics  Pioneer

 That’s my name right there. The little blue one under the big pink one. My name is in print on the cover

The honest truth is that it’s a fabulous story. It’s easy to make a delectable, mouthwatering burger when you are working with 100% grass-fed, free-range, happy meat.  Little Changes has an amazing and important message. Somewhere around the middle of the project Kristi asked me, “Why are you doing this? Why are you working so hard for this book and for me?”

I honestly didn’t have a very scientific reason for her. The contract I signed notwithstanding, I worked on this book because I believe in its message. And more than that, as the project continued, I had this gut-feeling that this book was going to be big.

As in, BIG.

And just so you know, I’m going to be blogging about this book A LOT. Mostly because our marketing budget is, well, smaller than we had hoped. Which is why I’m relying on my family, friends, and the three other people that read this blog to help me spread the word. And if you are a blogger/writer and would like a copy to read and review on your blog, PLEASE leave a comment or send me a message. I’ll make sure you get a copy pronto.

As things have progressed and the book is in our hands and so many AMAZING opportunities are coming her/our way, all I can say is;


It’s not too late! You can do it HERE


Amy Kennard said...


Rachel said...

Thanks Amy! You need a few more narcissistic posts about your OWN book! How did your mom like it for Christmas? Also, thinking of her and praying for her full recovery, BTW!

Your own book feels good in your hands, doesn't it? :)

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your new arrival! So proud of you both and know it will be a BIG success!!

Anna said...

Oh, so looks awesome! Congratulations, ladies! Can't wait to see it in person :)

Anjuli said...

Congratulations. I am ordering a copy right after I finish this comment. I look forward to reading it and recommending it.

Julia aka Mersea said...

Congratulations! Getting published is a real thrill! I remember when I had a poem published in an anthology and then a picture published in an artbook. I know you are simply thrilled and I say keep on going!

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Elaina said...

Hi Rachel,

I wanted to send a link over to my review of your fantastic book:

Thanks for sharing, and I am sorry to hear about your grandma. You paid a beautiful tribute to her in your letter.

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Sam said...

I can only imagine how cool that is – I have several books of pictures, but they are all self-published – pictures from my travels across the country. The Blue Ridge, Missouri, Cumberland Gap – good pictures from the Myrtle Beach resorts oceanfront properties, and nice pics from the low country there in the southeast. Seeing those pictures even in a book I had paid for was great! Congratulations, and I wish you more success!