Since January 10, when The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans came out, my first book Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges has been on the back burner. My focus has been on the second book, and it’s kept me busy, busy.
I’ve sent out emails announcing the book is out with PR info to many of the venues that carry Crossings and to those folks who had expressed an interest in the book. I’ve sent comp copies to those who helped with the book and newspaper reviewers. I’ve mailed or delivered books as far north as Tillamook, as far south as Crescent City, California, and in the valley all over Eugene and to Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. I’ve even put together a new presentation and given it to one group in town. And as soon as I acquire a few more photos, I’ll have the PowerPoint version ready. It’s a totally different presentation. So with my whole life consumed by this new book, it’s no wonder that Crossings has been pushed to the background.
That changed this week.
When Powell’s wanted 10 copies of the Guide, they also ordered one Crossings. They hadn’t forgotten. And neither had four other venues.
Mon Ami, a popular
gourmet deli and antique shop in Florence, surprised me when owner Cindy wanted three more Crossings as well as four of the Guide. I only expected to sell the Guide. This is a charming shop, and I love having my books there.
Paula, my contact at the Visitor Center at Cape Perpetua, wanted six more copies of Crossings and not even one of the new book. It was such a surprise I thought it might be a mistake that they actually wanted the new book. But, no, it was Crossings they wanted.
Paula assured me that in the future, they will be ordering the new one, but only after a certain amount of paperwork and figuring new budgets. After all, I’m dealing with the federal government here. Cape Perpetua is part of the Siuslaw National Forest.
In Yachats, Mary and Mari, at Mari’s Books wanted three more Crossings as well as five more of the Guide. I was very surprised to hear from them, since I had just delivered five more of the Guide four days earlier. Mary said, “I had no idea it would be so popular!” Music to my ears! This is a favorite spot for booklovers. No wonder, the owners make each visit a delight.
And in Waldport, I was surprised that Crossings is selling better than the Guide at the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center. I figured the new one would out sell the old one––just because it’s new. Of all the venues on the coast, this is where I expect both books to do well.
And it’s not just because Ann, who has been on top of things there for years, keeps them front and center on the counter. It’s mainly because the Interpretive Center is like a museum dedicated to the Oregon Coast bridges and their designer Conde B. McCullough. Yes, there is an emphasis on both the new and old Alsea Bay bridges. It should not be a surprise to anyone that this is one of my favorite places on the coast.
So even with a new kid in the family, Crossings has not been forgotten.