We picked up our first shipment of books today (Wed., October 19) and we are pleased! It is gratifying to hold a 16-month vision in your hands, and find it is exactly the way you imagined it would be.
Today and tomorrow we will hit Fort Benton, Havre, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Great Falls, Wolf Creek, Helena, East Helena and Boulder to fulfill almost 200 book orders to 45 retail sellers. Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, we will distribute almost 175 more books to 20 retail outlets around the Butte area. October 24 we will start shipping individual Internet orders and also other retailers too distant to justify the drive. This activity will account for our first 800 books.
Distribution to retail outlets begins today (October 19). Internet orders start shipping October 24.
On October 24 we will start shipping individual Internet orders. On October 25 we’re back at the printers for another load of 600 books (almost 1,200 lbs.). This time we’ll head west and north to cover the Flathead and Missoula areas and back into Butte. Monday, October 31, we’ll pick up 600 more books and distribute the area south and east of Butte including Bozeman. We will then cover our distribution to the east of Bozeman all the way to Fairview on the North Dakota Line where I’ll be doing my first book signing November 5. The next Monday, November 7, we’ll pick up the last of our first run of 2,500. By our estimates, we’ll have about 700 copies left for Internet sales at this time.
A subsequent press run would likely be smaller than the first batch (2,500) so unit costs will be higher and the retail price might have to be, too. Buy one or two now and get our low introductory rate. These will make wonderful Christmas gifts for anyone planning to ride Montana, or even just dreaming about it.
These will make wonderful Christmas gifts for anyone planning to ride Montana, or even just dreaming about it.
Editor and Publisher