It’s now available on the SmashWords website.
What’s it about? It’s about the plants that George Leslie was growing in his Nurseries here in Leslieville. It’s got all the plants listed that he had in two catalogues — I’ve marvelled at the number of apple varieties (over 100), pears (over 80) and roses (over 120) that he was growing.
We’ve lost so much: I’m hoping that when people read this, they’ll be prompted to help spread around and continue growing some of the rarer varieties of fruit. Did you know that George sold six different types of rhubarb? Wow, imagine that!
Unfortunately, I don’t have a list of the different type of seeds he was selling: if I do manage to find that, I’ll create a new edition of the book.
Here’s the cover I designed for it:
I’ve applied for a membership with CISS so I’ll get an ISBN number, and that will enable me to get the book published… Oh, but it can take over 2 weeks for CISS just to get back to me about being a member so… I’m going to go with the ISBN option on SmashWords instead.
I wasn’t sure how long it would take to publish: SmashWords has a PDF booklet about how to format for them, and I messed up initially (had all the plant lists in tables, which SmashWords can’t interpret). Fixed that, tried to make sure I did everything correctly — but one never knows. Sometimes uploading something for translation is an iterative process: get errors, fix something, upload again, etc., etc.
I didn’t have any errors, so it was pretty painless.
Onward and upward. Now I need to send out press releases.