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The first of December already? It is past time to start our yearly local author book as a Christmas gift list. The calendar has slipped right past me and I should have had this in front of you weeks ago. Having said all that, if you have written a book in the past year, send me your information about that book. I need the title, author, price, where to get it and a brief paragraph as to what the book is about plus your telephone number so I can reach you if I need to. But most of all, you need to send that information immediately if we are going to get it in the column in time for Christmas. Remember I have to write my column a week in advance, so there is little time left. I need the information in my hands by no later than Dec. 7. Allen Wagner is so in touch with time that last week I received his new book along with a note: “Enclosed please find my most recent book. I’m not sure if you are going to sell books through your weekly column, but in case you are, I would be very grateful if you would include it in the listing. Your column was a very big help a few years ago in selling a number of books. Thanks so much!” “The price of my 2nd book, ‘Can Current Cancer Epidemic be Turned Around’ is selling for $5 plus $1 for S/H. Contact Al Wagner 611 W Wood St. Camp Point, IL 62320-1341; phone orders: (217) 430-3758 or (217) 430-9158. It is always a good feeling for me when the readers of my column are helped with the sale of their books, and according to Al’s letter he has received sales for previous books. I know how hard it is for local authors to get their books out in front of the public. Having written six books myself I know the help local authors need. I’ve told such authors before that they need to get a card table, two chairs and some of their books and participate in any Christmas bazaar in their reach. If your town is having holiday doings, set your table out on a sidewalk. Do a signing in a book store or any store that will have you. Get out and “hawk” your book. No one else is going to “hawk” it for you except probably me. I’d like to tell those of you who will be sending out books that I have found the cheapest and easiest way to send a book is in a plastic bag that locks across the top like you use to store things in the refrigerator. Follow these directions: Inside the bag put the book and a piece of your printer paper to completely cover one side of the book. That piece of paper should have the mailing address on it and up in the corner your return address. Seal the open end with a piece of shipping tape and you have a very inexpensive mailer for your book, plus you cut the weight down. I buy the cheapest plastic bags I can find that are heavy enough to store food in. Try to find a bag that is close to the size of your book. I have shipped hundreds of books this way and in the end, the address is in the bag and covers the front of the book and the backside shows the book. If the book is smaller than my piece of paper, I just fold the paper over the book and it covers both front and back. Have I completely confused you? Here then is your immediate job for today but no later than tomorrow. Send the information about your book to: Nancy, 3937 S. Weldon Road, Winnebago, IL 61088. Make sure to put all the needed information in your note. I can’t do my part if you don’t do yours. Don’t let those books that you’ve paid for sit in boxes under your desk. Gee, it seems like a long time since I’ve written a book. Maybe if life gets boring, I’ll crank out another. For having lived 78 years and most of that in the industry of agriculture and on a farm, it seems that there still is more to write about. But six books has kept me busy all these years, as well as the rest of the family. With that, good luck to all our local authors! Ciao!
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