Yep, the last of the Indian Wars were finished, and I did a little bit on politics as well. There’s still much to add here and there, but I’ll get that with editing.
So what I’ll do now is break up the whole 200 page book into its three individual parts. Then I’ll go through each one of those, editing and fixing and moving around, until they’re a self-contained unit that makes sense.
When that’s done I’ll simply add them together and I’ll be good to go.
I’d planned to put this book out on May 20, but I think I might do it a bit earlier. I also want to lower the price of the first volume, Tribes and Trappers, and I’ll probably do that here this week.
So let’s go over each part and see what this third volume of Montana history is all about.
Montana History in the 1870s
While I try to follow a chronological route, it isn’t always feasible. So in this first part I’ve got the following:
There’s a total of 84 pages and 22,000 words in this part, although some things will probably be cut into later parts.
For instance, I’ve got a lot about Helena in the 1880s and 1890s here, as well as Butte. There’s also a lot touching on the Panic of 1893. All of that could be moved into Part III to keep the chronology going.
Montana History in the 1880s
I really think the title “Braves and Businessmen” works because both of those groups are profiled. Now it’s my job in the introduction and conclusion to make sense of how those two groups defined this era of Montana history.
Many were ruined when the winter of 1886-7 hit, and still more lost it all when the country went off silver in 1893 and refused to pay miners for it, resulting in a worldwide depression.
All of that is covered, and more. There are 13,000 words and 52 pages right now, but a little more might be added.
Montana History in the 1890s
I might add in sheep, since there were a lot of sheep in Montana, especially after the bad Montana winter of 1886-7. Yellowstone needs some editing as it from before the 1890s and past 1900. Some things might just have to be cut for the fourth volume of Montana history.
But all of that is for editing, and hopefully I can get a lot of that tackled this week.
After that I’ll write a blurb and put it on Amazon and Smashwords. It’ll be on the other retailers shortly after that. The price will be the same as the other two volumes, $7.99. Hope you’re looking forward to it!