I’m dressing myself in a shacket and overalls and building up the beds over here. Topsoil, compost, steer manure, straw, wood stove ash, seaweed, egg shells. Each offering nutrients, protection, stability.

I often talk about editing in layers. A macro edit to determine the big picture, then a micro edit to fine-tune the idea and prose. Another round to fill in what you missed. A layer of beta reading. A layer of copy editing. A dusting of proofreading.

The students in my This Is a Book! program have been layering all winter, building up their idea in stories and supporting research. Now they’re making some big decisions about what to plant, where, when.

If you want to grow your own book, I’m waitlisting students for the September cohort of This Is a Book! Reach out to book your spot.

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