Fall work

After the trees drop their leaves, there is a little blizzard of fall work at the nursery. The most important job is the digging of trees before the ground freezes. With the raw, wet weather, that job becomes miserable, and takes on added urgency. We will spend the winter sorting the trees in cold storage. If we don't get the trees out of the ground, however, digging will have to wait until spring when we have no time to sort! So, Joe, Dad and Ken are slipping and sliding through the mud out there--and I suppose if worse comes to worse, I could go out there, too.

Four thousand copies of my third book, Off the Farm, are due here on the truck either today or tomorrow. So, I am devoting my time to marketing them by direct mail, by inserts into the papers in which my column appears, and eventually through about 10 area drug stores. We are sending out 8,000 fliers today by bulk mail. To mail in bulk, you have to have the letters sorted right, so Cindy has been trying to interpret the mass of regulations on that matter from the Post Office.

Then, I hope, comes the fun part--getting orders in the mail, and mailing out books. When you publish your own book, you assume all of the risk. You also make more--if it sells. The last two books sold about 4,000 copies each, but you never know.

On November 8, we will have a book signing here at the nursery. Dot has been dolling up the gift shop so people can browse for Christmas gifts as well. Coffee, cookies, cider and door prizes, a typical open house.