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Posts in category Stratemeyer Syndicate

Happy Birthday, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

This post is written on Harriet Stratemeyer Adam’s 124th birthday (eldest daughter of author Edward Stratemeyer). Edward Stratemeyer founded the Stratemeyer Syndicate in 1905. Although he had the idea earlier and wrote about the idea, the first book assignments produced through the Syndicate process were ordered in 1905 and published in 1906. He ran the […]

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 […]

Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volu...

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 […]

Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volu...

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 […]

Children’s Book Week

Are you Prepared for Children’s Book Week? — November 10-15 (1919) “Safety First Juvenile Book Week” started in 1915 along the lines of “Safe and Sane Fourth of July.” Where one was concerned with injuries from fireworks, the other was obsessed with reading by boys.  By 1919 this had evolved into Children’s Book Week.  The November dates […]

Write your NaNoWriMo Novel Like a Classic Nancy Drew Volu...

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 […]

Nancy Drew 50th Anniversary Gala

This 1980 video with Charles Osgood from CBS News reported on the gala hosted by Simon & Schuster shortly after they began to publish the new Stratemeyer Syndicate volumes. For many years Harriet Stratemeyer Adams had noticed that while the royalty check amounts from Grosset & Dunlap had increased, the sales per volume had been […]

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. […]

Dorothy Chester

Dorothy Chester

The Dorothy Chester series. As the Stratemeyer Syndicate was developing, the publishers that Stratemeyer was using were interested in having him provide stories with girl protagonists as well. In one letter he noted the difficulty of getting good reliable writers for girls. He approached a number of established writers, in an effort to get them […]

Evelyn Raymond

Evelyn Raymond

Evelyn Raymond was an author living in Baltimore, Maryland who was an established writer when Edward Stratemeyer asked her to write the Dorothy Chester series. Stratemeyer began to have problems with his publisher, Chatterton-Peck, and several lawsuits were the result.  Eventually he was able to purchase the rights and plates for many series volumes from them […]