In the process of doing some promotional work for Stephen Meader’s Lumberjack, one of our currently discounted hardcover titles, I came across a vintage review of the book by the New York Herald Tribune, which was written before the newspaper ceased publication in 1966. A little throwback, and the review still holds up some 50 years later!
“This is the sort of book, rare today, which is equally enthralling to adults and children. Dan Garland is a very real and very human boy and his adventures and experiences are completely absorbing. This really is a grand book and one it would not be possible to recommend too highly.”
It may be a little early to be thinking about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. After all, I still haven’t dragged out a single Easter decoration with five days to go. A record, I believe. However, I am in planning mode for our spring book sale. With 44 Stephen Meader titles to choose from, I thought it might be fun to give our fans a say in the selection. So readers, which titles would you like most to see included in our next book sale?
Receiving notes like this one makes my day. I love that Stephen Meader’sbooks delighted so many readers as children and that their republication brings back the joy all over again. We love our customers!
“I would also like to thank you for your efforts to bring these books back.
I’m 44 and remember reading Bulldozer when I was six. The first big book I
ever read and loved it!” ~J.R.
Book Collecting 101
A wonderful article from Publisher’s Weekly written by Richard Davies from AbeBooks.com. We are happy that republishing Stephen Meader’s books means that they are no longer out of print; however, we remember all too well the joy of the hunt and finding (and scoring) those beloved first editions.
I especially love this: “book collecting is alive and well, and co-existing happily alongside digital media.” Hooray!
What were your favorite books as a child?
For me, nothing could compare to magic that existed in the story of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. The philosophical idea within the story that “love makes something real” must have captivated me because I have vivid memories of believing all my deeply-loved, inanimate friends of the stuffed variety had feelings. I especially had a soft spot for stuffed, plush bunnies as a child. My very first lovey was bestowed the name “Ba-doo”, the best I could do with the word “bunny” at the age of two. She never left my side and was my own personal security blanket.
That’s her picture in this post. I still have her. I believe that she’s weathered the years beautifully. Her face is gone, her ears are worn and her color has faded but when I look at her I see my sweet little friend. I know that she was deeply loved by a little girl who truly believed that she was real.
A wonderful thing about one of the courses I’m currently taking is the ability to apply the lessons to my real-life business. Including the birth of this blog. I feel that over the past two weeks I’ve been immersed in a sea of social media marketing basics and I really look forward to the time when the application of these tools feels a bit more familiar and I’m not longer treading water, but familiar and fluent with the strokes.
That said, I am pretty giddy for having successfully launched and linked our latest Valentine’s Day promotional book sale to our company Facebook and Twitter pages (and right now on our blog!) as additional outlets to our email marketing promotions. Basic? Yes. But there is an undeniable thrill with just getting into the water.