I’m not sure if I should be posting this or not. My goal is to write an article for a nationally-published magazine about my new swing bar. Fine Gardening is my first choice, but beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m open to other publications. Actually, I already pitched it to Fine Gardening. I called and emailed the second the swing bar was finished. But it was a bad pitch, done hastily with a lot of enthusiasm and little thought. They replied, “Thank you for sharing your photos with us, Peggy! May I suggest once it’s in bloom and at its peak for photos you send them to GPOD@taunton.com. We highlight a garden each day! I’m sure our readers would love to see it! Good luck and Happy Spring!”
I’m going to pitch the article again because F YES readers are going to want to see pictures of my swing bar, but readers are also going to want to know the stories: The story of what inspired me. The story about my goals for the swing bar. The story about the mistakes I made. The story about the mistakes I didn’t make and how I avoided them. The story about how people react to the swing bar. All the F’ing stories that only I can tell.
The swing bar is fabulous enough for a national publication, and I’m hoping that my writing skills are up to the task. I am currently fingers crossed that I get a silver award in one of the two writing contests I entered through GWA, The Association for Garden Communicators, formerly known as Garden Writers Association. It will be a stronger pitch if I’m an AWARD-WINNING writer, speaker and plant ho.
I was trying to keep a lid on the swing bar in case its awesomeness goes viral, and a magazine thinks, ‘That’s old news. We’ve all seen it on the internet.’ But we live in a digital age, and if I don’t throw it onto the internet, a garden visitor will Instagram or Snapchat or Facebook or some such thing. I may as well do it myself so the pictures are watermarked, and they have a home. So, starting at the front of the swing bar and then traveling clockwise around it, this is what you see:
Here are a couple more pictures:
The garden surrounding the swing bar still needs some work to be nationally-published-magazine worthy. I’ve got some ideas to jazz things up for the photo shoot, and my BFF Trace, The Bitter Socialite, is going to stage it for the shoot and make it over-the-top romantic.
Please wish me luck and send me good energy. I really want the swing bar in a magazine that’s published nationwide.