Wednesday, June 26, 2013

So... I wrote a book!

Back in February, I wrote "2013 is the Year of The Book"...
What I didn't tell you is that I was writing one!


Sunflowers & Sweet Tea was a labor of love ... but aren't all books?
I have an entirely new respect for authors.



This is a photo based coffee table book: A snapshot at rural Midwest life.
Each page contains inspirational words.
These are lessons I want to teach my children.
Lessons I want you to know.
Things you probably already know, but an encouraging reminder never hurts.

You can turn to any page on any given day and get something from it. It's meant to be slowly savored.
Pick it up when you need a smile.



I had so much help with it!
My assistants Shannon, Gina, and Erica gave input and listened to me talk endlessly about my insecurities.
Sweet Debi Kennedy was a genius with cover art.
Nancy Doud edited like a machine and helped cure my obsession with commas. (Who, knew, I used, them, so much?!,)
My publisher endured numerous questions from me because I was in an entire new territory. And he didn't snicker a single time... out loud, at least.
The Man and my kids helped so much, giving me time alone at the computer, scouting new photos, helping me when I couldn't figure out formatting because I'm a computer dummy...

About the book:

"Sometimes the simple things are the most beautiful.
This truth seems to come fairly easy to Beki. In her photography, in the jewelry she creates, in her words and in her world. If you are willing to sit still for a moment, these lovely pages will make your day a little more beautiful too."
-Nichole Nordeman
Recording artist, Author, Songwriter

"When I received Beki's book, I sent her an email and asked where the photo and quote credits were listed. When she replied that she took all the photos and wrote all the quotes, I was so impressed. You will be, too. But, even more so, you will be inspired. This is a book to ponder slowly and allow it to seep deep into your soul. You will be changed…for good."
-Lisa Whelchel
Mom, Actress, Author, Speaker

“Just a few pages in, it becomes evident that Beki has poured her heart, soul, and talent into this collection of beautiful photos and sweet words. She cleverly matches her peaceful, rural images with just the right sentiment for that particular scene, whether it's a bouquet of vibrant wildflowers or a bright red barn on a snowy afternoon. This is definitely a book you'll want to sit down and savor with a cup of tea or coffee---preferably on those days when you're feeling harried and hectic and in need of a quick dose of peace. It's the closest thing to a hug that any book could give!”
-Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman

You can grab a copy of Sunflowers & Sweet Tea here.
But wait! There's more! (ha...) .. the first 100 copies will get a free gift sent along with the book!



I'm scared and excited to hit "publish" on this...
But I'm also so blessed and humbled by the doors God has opened for me.

24 comments:

Suzanne said...

Congrats!!!!! I am so proud of you!! Seriously amazing news!

nancypantsgirl said...

Beautiful, friend!

Rachel said...

Way to go, Beki! What a beautiful book and one that obviously took lot of work and heart. I'm so proud of you! Way to reach your dreams and use your God given gifts to bless others.

Jessica said...

Congratulations!

Lisa64801 said...

Order placed! How will we know if we're in the first 100? :) Congrats on the book! It looks wonderful!!

Nicole said...

I love all of your jewelry and the pictures you post on Instagram...I can't wait to have your book at home! Congrats!!

Candy Caldwell said...

Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment! I am certain that this book is filled with encouraging words and beautiful photography. I know this because that is what your blog, your jewelry, and your facebook is all about. I am certain too that God is smiling watching you use your talents in so many ways!

Debby Graber said...

Of course I ordered one, Beki! I will proudly put it on my coffee table!

Laurie said...

Oh Beki, I have a confession - I am SO jealous! I have always wanted to do something like this but never had the nerve to even try. CONGRATS! I can hardly wait until it arrives. The book will look great on my coffee table!

Ruth said...

Bekiiiiii look at you!! I am so proud! It looks so beautiful and even the title font is beyond gorgeous - of course it would be. Congratulations! Do you ship to India?! ;)

Toni :O) said...

Hip hip hooray!! Yay YOU!! 🎉🎉👍😃🎈🎈🎂

Anita Brown said...

Truly AWESOME! God is most definately good and you have been blessed with his touch in an extraordinary way! Yo momma & poppa are probably bubblin' over with pride!! You go girl!!!

Wanda said...

Oh man! I can't even imagine how awesome this must feel.
The book looks beautiful too!
I'm stuck in the dream....I write and put it away. Satan loves to steal my confidence and tell me I CAN'T DO IT!

Praying for you as you savor this sweet moment in time now!

goose said...

You are FABULOUS!!! :) So happy for you!

Jodi Keller said...

Ohhhhh how wonderful, congratulations sweetie! Can't wait to see the book in person!

Debby said...

Congratulations. I can't wait to receive my copy. I just ordered one. Sure hope I am one of the first 100. Love the title. Love sunflowers and sweet tea. Good luck, I am sure it will be a best seller.

LeAnna said...

Way to go, such a fun accomplishment! I loooove the cover, and I'll be putting this on my wish list for Christmas. :)

Deb Kennedy said...

OMG!!! It's REAL!!! :)

Beki I am so happy for you, and was so thrilled to work with you on the cover art. Thank you for trusting me, and allowing me to be a part of your amazing creative journey! Waiting to see this on the NYT BestSeller lists ;)

Dori said...

This is a lovely book! Congratulations, Beki and team!

elizabeth said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Farmgirl Chaos said...

I just ordered myself a book & the Farmer's Daughter necklace {finally!}. Thanks! I am definitely looking forward the book. But instead of drinking sweet tea, I'll enjoy a nice strawberry lemonade. :)

Mindy Harris said...

i'm so excited for you! way to go!

Graceful Moments said...

So happy for you...and for me. I just placed my order!

Marcy DePew said...

How did I miss this Beki???? Congratulations!!!!!