The sales of “Jacob’s Tails” are going fairly well but it’s with a lot of work. The signing at Chapters netted about a dozen copies and I have been busy following up on many of the contacts we made down in
We went up to see Barbara Kingsolver in
I am most unhappy with BookStream who has been carrying the book. They did do a good job printing the book; in good time; at a reasonable price, but that is all they do well – their catalogue is useless for promotions and they will only accept credit cards on-line. folks who wanted to purchase “Jacob’s Tails” and either were not on-line or didn’t trust the internet could not order the book by telephone. So the whole experience was not satisfactory.
So, I have decided that I can do just as well taking orders and mailing out the books.
The E-book can be ordered through the web-site (http://www.firstepbooks.com/) and order a hard copy directly from me. E-book is $6.95 and book is $17.95 (Introductory Offer) + $2.00 (S&H) in
But I am submitting pieces to magazines and they are actually publishing some of them. RV Lifestyle Magazine is printing my piece on Writing-on-Stone in their July edition and it is featured on their website (http://www.rvlifemag.com/index.html) and the Escapees Magazine used some of my Nova Scotia/Cape Breton photos – which brought me to the realization that a 2.1 mega pixel, 3 x optical zoom (my ever faithful the Fujifilm that we bought in 2000) was not good enough to submit for magazines – so now we are the proud owners of an Olympus SP 570 UZ with 10 mega pixels and 20 x zoom and a very steep learning curve.
Our first real foray away was down to East Glacier to meet Dave and Chris who we were with in
Anyway, we made a number of stops along the way to try out the new camera – Huh! – the wind mills; the old Border Crossing building at Carway;; the Lodge and Tepee; Dave & Chris; and the sculptures south of the Border Crossing. Out of around sixty pictures, maybe 5 of them were worth keeping!! I kept taking the pictures over again because I wasn’t sure if I had done it right; I didn’t know how to change the focus; etc – but I’m learning.
Apparently these and similar sculptures mark the entrances to the Blackfeet Reservation. The Tribe commissioned on of their members and metal sculptor, Jay Laber, to create the sculptures.
The sculptures are designed to reflect the traditional head-dress, feathers, and clothing of the early 1800s. The fellow I talked to at the Tribal Office in Browning pointed out that most times traditional head-dresses are pictured with long flowing feathers and, in fact, the feathers in the traditional Blackfeet head-dresses reached towards the sky.
The stones for the base were collected from an abandoned Two Rivers Catholic Mission of the early 1800 and all the metal was salvaged from cars destroyed in a severe flood in 1964.
Our plan is to try the West coast this winter seeing as how we did the East coast last year. So we’ll go over to