Family Photo Friday

Last week, the first official copy of “Seasons of Friendship” arrived in my mailbox. Previously I had received a proof copy and had made a few minor visual changes, probably nothing that most people would notice, but I did.

Just so you know, I tried both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. The quality of printing provided by Barnes & Noble was much better than that done through Amazon. The colors were much truer to the original digital artwork with the test copy from Barnes & Noble.

If you would, compare Gracie in the photo from the book and Gracie in the digital image from the upper right corner. They are even closer when viewed side-by-side.

The illustrations printed by Amazon also had a slightly glossy sheen which did not work well for graphic images. The glossiness might be appropriate for a book which contained photographs, but did not work well for my illustrations.

The feel of the paper from Barnes & Noble was also slightly better which is very important with a print copy. The time from order to delivery was basically the same, one week. (They both use print-on-demand technology rather than a warehouse for self-published books like this.)

Today’s photo is from one of my favorite chapters which is based on this post from the first month of “My Life With Gracie” and this post from earlier this year. It also may be considered the turning point chapter of the book when Gracie learns one of the key lessons of being a good leader.

Classifying “Seasons Of Friendship” was not easy and may still change. It is not really a novel but more of a story collection. Here is how I described it in the preface:

The stories here are rambling. They are simply collections of thoughts, anecdotes, hopes, and dreams. Each is complete in itself, yet they all fit together to tell a bigger story. This is much like life itself.

All are loosely bound together by a common theme. They free range like my chickens exploring their backyard but always coming back home. They aren’t great literature, but they are from my heart.

This book is perhaps best read outdoors in a shady peaceful spot, perhaps in your own little backyard garden, real or imagined. Whether you read just one chapter at a time, one seasonal section at a time, or the entire book all in one leisurely afternoon, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you choose as a reader, I hope you will imagine Gracie and the others sitting at your feet, bringing you peace and friendship.

“Seasons Of Friendship” is now also available as a paperback for $12.50 through Barnes & Noble! Go there for “Seasons Of Friendship” paperback!

Four Parts, Twelve Chapters, Seventeen Full Premium Color Illustrations, White 70 lb. Paper, 5.5” x 8.5” with Matte Cover.

Need a preview, just to be sure? Download “Seasons Of Friendship” sample!

As with the eBook version, all royalties from “Seasons Of Friendship” until the end of the year will be donated to the women’s group at St. John’s Church that sponsors our annual Flower Festival. This year, the Flower Festival followed the Hatchday for Gracie and Bessie, April 25th. Each chapter in “Seasons Of Friendship” is illustrated with garden plants as a celebration of beauty and friendship. What a perfect combination of events!

The “A.W.E.-some” women of St. John’s always give and they always give their very best. They love everyone no matter what, and I’ve never known them to turn anyone away who needed help. They always have a smile and a kind word, particularly for those who are the most vulnerable and have no voice. These are just some of the reasons why Gracie and Bessie call them their friends!

16 thoughts on “Family Photo Friday!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m sorry it took so long to respond. I thought I had replies to all of the “congratulations” messages, but somehow yours was overlooked. Thank you again! John

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  1. I will buy some of your book. One is for my niece who is 16. In her life she has never had a real, true friend. She has an oppressively controlling mom. It’s very sad.

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    1. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope these stories will be help and comfort for your niece. Books can be helpful in so many ways, as is spending time with chickens…even if only through the pages of a book. Gracie and all of other chickens wish you and your family peace and friendship always!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you were able to download the free eBook when it was available to my readers here. I understand that the Paperback may not be available to all counties around the world. The Paperback has the same content as the eBook. You are one of our very favorite readers, and we would feel bad if you were left out.


    1. You’re welcome. For me, because this is an illustrated book, the appearance was very important. Without the illustrations, it may not have mattered as much. The colors on the cover were also noticeably different even though the same files were sent to both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

      One additional note, in case you ever decide to self-publish since you have a gift for teaching and guiding, the royalty percentage is much higher with Barnes & Noble. Since the royalties are all going to the mission of St. John’s through the end of this year, that was another reason to choose Barnes & Noble. (This was approximately 50% more for eBook and 120% more for paperback.)

      And although this probably shouldn’t have anything to do with the decision, the website for submitting and tracking with Barnes & Noble actually looks and functions in a more professional manner.


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