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Association Copy—George Waldo Browne

An association copy is a book whose interest is enhanced by annotations by a creator of the work or one that has been passed from one person to another where the people have a strong connection with the work or the creator’s career overall.  ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter includes this definition and examples: […]

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Event — Del Mar Antique Fair

Christmas in November The Del Mar Antique Fair (Nov. 18-20, 2016) in San Diego County has a theme of “Christmas in November” and we will be there to offer Stratemeyer Syndicate and other series books and children’s favorites.  More details may be found on the event page. Come and buy some books and learn something […]

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Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volume — Part 3: Cliffhangers

In the first part of this exploration of the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s “Formula for Outlines,” comparisons are made with the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goals of 50,000 words in 30 days. The second part described the evolution of Syndicate outlines provided to its ghostwriters. Here we can consider the details of the outlines, including ways […]

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First page of a two-page outline and the first page of a 176-page manuscript for a volume in a football series, Garry Grayson Hitting the Line (1929).

Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volume — Part 2: Outlines

In the first part of this exploration of the Stratemeyer Syndicate’s “Formula for Outlines,” comparisons are made with the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goals of 50,000 words in 30 days.   Here we will examine the evolution of the outlines supplied to ghostwriters for the seven decades in which the Stratemeyer Syndicate existed as […]

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Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volume — Part 1: How many words?

November is a time when many people participate in a group activity to write a novel (or other long work) organized as NaNoWriMo — the National Novel Writing Month.  Those who sign up (free) can give a name, brief description, cover thumbnail image, and report on their progress to write a rough draft of 50,000 […]

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An illustration from a Nov. 1, 1890 ghost story published in Golden Days by Thomas C. Harbaugh.

1894 Ghost story by Edward Stratemeyer

Among the least-known form of Edward Stratemeyer’s writings are his short stories for newspapers, especially the Newark Sunday Call.  This weekly from his home town ran a group of stories by Stratemeyer that were timed and themed to the holidays of the year.  With only a local audience in mind, locations known to Newark-area readers were included. […]

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Edward Stratemeyer graduated from high school in June 1879 when he was 16.

Stratemeyer Graduates

May and June are traditional graduation months for universities and high schools.  At the time of his high school graduation on Thursday June 26, 1879, Edward Stratemeyer was attending Public School No. 3 on High Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  It was a few blocks from the Stratemeyer family home at 24 Palmer Street. While […]

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Henry Julius Stratemeyer standing in front of his cigar and tobacco store at 212 Broad Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Happy Father’s Day, Henry Julius Stratemeyer

My discovery of Stratemeyer Syndicate series began with the original Tom Swift series and my father.  On our family bookcase were six or eight of these books from the 1920s and two of them had the paper dust jackets.  I became interested when I was about eight years of age in 1975 and I remember […]

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Yellowback Library #155 (May 1997).

April Fools Articles in Series Book Magazines

It is April 1 again and time for each amazing claim placed before you to be treated with more scrutiny than usual. Some series book fans like to play the April Fool’s Day game and have submitted articles to series book magazines that have misled some collectors to look for books that do not exist. […]

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The work of a motion picture camera operator was sometimes dangerous.

Edward Stratemeyer’s New York City

Edward Stratemeyer lived for most of his professional life in Newark, New Jersey.  Most of his publishers had offices in nearby New York City.  As Horatio Alger Jr. had before him, many of Edward’s stories featured detailed descriptions of the metropolis.  Unlike the made-up small towns used in the books, there was a great probability […]

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