The book also has all of the great chapters on the Native American tribes that called Montana home, and still do. And don’t forget about the mountain men that trekked across the mountains, rivers, and streams of the Rockies. They’re all in there as well.
Soon the chapters on the various tribes will come down, except for the 1 to 2 most popular. In a few weeks time I’ll begin to take down the mountain men chapters as well. All of those great characters are in the book Tribes and Trappers, after all, so they don’t really need to be here either.
By far the most popular mountain men have been Jedediah Smith and Jim Bridger. Those chapters get well over a hundred views each month, and the keywords associated with those two men pull in a lot of visitors from Google. Those two will probably remain up for some time, but the rest will have to go.
I’m doing this because I don’t want duplicate content out there. It’s not fair to the people buying Tribes and Trappers online right now. They shouldn’t be paying for something they can get for free, although with a bit more hassle in navigation. And I have to admit that I wouldn’t mind selling a few more books, that is of course if those visitors from Google decide to purchase a copy.
It’s getting closer to summer now, and that’s a great time to begin research. Libraries have air conditioning after all, and Montana summers can be hot, dry, and oftentimes smoky. Getting indoors might not be such a bad idea.
I’ve currently got an outline and character list done for a short novel on John Colter from the day he leaves the Lewis and Clark Expedition, August 13th, 1806, to the time he returns to Fort Raymond, or Fort Lisa, in the spring of 1808. I might start two days earlier, as that’s when Lewis was shot in the ass. It just sounds like a fun place to start. The novel will be anywhere from 150 to 250 pages, and should be completed by the end of the summer.
And for those that love the chapters on Montana, there’ll be new chapters coming soon. I’ll start with St. Mary’s Mission in the Bitterroot Valley and move on to the gold rush that occurred in the 1860s. The book will end just as the prospectors begin to leave and the pioneers begin to take root. That’s still in the outline stage, however, so don’t expect anything right away.
Remember, Tribes and Trappers is selling on Amazon for your Kindle and on Smashwords for you iPad, Nook, or other eReader. It’s a great book and one that gives an accurate picture of the state’s beginnings. And hey, it’s not too early to begin thinking of those Christmas gifts! Tribes and Trappers will make a great stocking stuffer, especially if it comes on a new Kindle!