through Chapters/Indigo bookstores
It's had a cover makeover and a name change to Basic Gardening, but the content of my book is identical to the original version, Clueless in the Garden: A Guide for the Horticulturally Helpless, which has been out of print for about a year.
When the book came out five years ago (has it already been that long?), the "Dummies" series was popular. The publisher Key Porter, had the me-too idea of commissioning a number of "Clueless" books on topics like cooking, wine, etc.
When I was approached to be the writer for the gardening book, my initial reaction was: Who needs another book like this? Bookstore shelves are littered with how-to books. But while out planting my annuals and vegetable garden, I got to thinking: Why not do it? It would be neat to have my name on a book, and I've written about all those topics for magazines, so why not give it go?
Doing the book was a good experience, and it gave me the confidence to start my gardening website, which is an on-going project and nice little online business that I work on every winter, when I'm resting up from the garden.
As for the new edition of Basic Gardening, the reprint was done for Chapters and Indigo stores in Canada, and will only be available there. It will also be listed at the Chapters.Indigo.com website soon, and I'll let you know when it's up. As far as I know, it won't be available in the US.