While last year could be summarized as two books and a book fair, this year will be quite similar––three books and a book fair.
I will continue to market Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges. Just this morning, I mailed six more books to Powell’s in Portland. And Tillamook Cheese e-mailed that they would like six more also. It’s not the frantic rush of when it first came out; it’s slow but steady. Sometimes, I’ll call several places up or down the coast or in Eugene and just a few or maybe even nobody wants a book. Other times, I’ll receive calls out of the blue .
I used to put hundreds of miles on my car to make presentations and deliver books. I’ve wised up a little. On presentations, I now ask for gas expense money. If I need to spend the night, I ask to have a room comped or paid for. I usually get one or the other and sometimes both. If there are three or more places to deliver, I’ll make the trip, otherwise I’ll mail the books.
While the second book, The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans, was at the printer during December, I spent time figuring out the best way to ship both books. They are different sizes. I thought I was out of envelopes, and I had no boxes that would work. So I spent a hunk of money ordering envelopes and four sizes of boxes from Uline catalog.
The boxes I ordered come flat and are scored to make a range of sizes. For example, I needed a box for six Crossings this morning. I selected the largest and folded it on the second line on all four sides. This was the perfect size for six books. I can use this box for 5 to 7 copies. The next size down works for three or four copies. The other two sizes of boxes are for The Crossings Guide––one will hold four to eight books and the other nine to 12 books.
The bubble envelopes that I ordered can hold two copies of Crossings. In my rearranging of every closet in the house to accommodate all my new stuff, I discovered a box of 400 or so white envelopes that I’ve had for about 15 years that can hold one copy of Crossings and up to three of the Guide.
In order to get these boxes and envelopes at reasonable prices, I had to order at least 100 of each. I had no idea how much room they would take up. What a surprise when five large, heavy boxes arrived—a surprise for both me and the UPS driver who has been delivering the occasional package to me for the past 20 years. For more than a week, my office looked like I was moving. I finally got a sewing closet cleaned out and now it holds some sewing stuff and still a couple of file cabinets, but every other space, including up nearly to the ceiling is filled with flattened boxes. And the large square box with the 100 bubble envelopes is in my bedroom closet. Who knew!
At last! The Crossings Guide is on its way—all 1,000 copies. They were shipped yesterday and should arrive one day next week. Since I’ve done some pre-selling, I have 30 places wanting specific numbers of copies and a similar number wanting to order some after they arrive as well as about 40 individuals who have signed up to be notified when the books are available. Now is the calm before the storm.
It will be a frantic rush for a few months of contacting individuals and businesses, delivering books, and doing a totally reworked presentation that will dwell mostly on The Crossings Guide. It will be exciting and thrilling. And best of all, I’ll know what I’m doing. It’ll still be a learning curve, but not nearly as steep as before.
The third book is one I started working on 35 years ago. It will have nothing to do with bridges. (Surprise, surprise!! I can hear you now, “What! How can that be!”) It’ll be about cats and dogs I’ve known—mostly pets and all except one were rescue animals. At this point, I think it’ll be in the form of a chapbook––not as expensive. Of course, plans can change. These stories have been written over the years and some have photos (mostly slides or prints) and some don’t. I’ll have some rewriting to do, as it will have been several years since I’ve seen some of these stories. I’ll also have to round up some photos of the ones where I don’t have any.
This book means a lot to me because these animal stories were my first attempts at writing. As I look back, I can see that writing these were a means of escape during times when my life was going into a tailspin. At least, this is true of the first few. The later ones, I did because I had the first ones and thought that I might do something with the whole bunch someday. Chapter titles will be something like “A Flash of White,” “Black like a Shadow,” and “Shades of Gray.” Notice each title has a color. I’ve got ideas for the book’s title too. So this is a work that will soon be in progress.
And once more I will be involved with the Florence Festival of Books between May and the end of September.
Like I said––three books and a book fair! Kinda says it all!
TO BUY JUDY’S FIRST BOOK
Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges can be yours for $24.95 plus $4.99 shipping. Order from Pacific Publishing at http://www.connectflorence.com or email@example.com. It is also available on the coast in bookstores, museums, and gift shops; in Eugene at the airport, the historical museum, and several bookstores; in Portland at Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society; in Made in Oregon stores throughout the state; and more and more bookstores, libraries, and museums in western Oregon. This book makes a good coffee-table book.
JUDY’S SECOND BOOK AVAILABLE IN JANUARY
The second book The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans––covers 15 bridges and has at least one color and one historic photo for each bridge. The cost is $15 plus shipping. This sturdy guide is also published through Pacific Publishing. It belongs in your car; don’t drive 101 without it.
The half-hour interview with Dr. Veronica Esagui for the “Author’s Forum” program on public access TV in the Portland Metro area ended it’s two-week run June 1-14, 2012, but can be seen on YouTube in two parts: Google Judy Fleagle YouTube.
February 9, 9–5, Bridge Tour, Outward Ventures, Florence campus, Lane Community College––I’ll be the tour guide on this trip that includes 12 bridges with many stops from Depoe Bay to Coos Bay and has a lunch break at Tidal Raves in Depoe Bay. Now that the new catalogs are out, sign up at the Florence campus or online. A fee will be involved. This will be such fun; I can hardly wait!