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Nancy Drew

Two very different stories sold under the same Nancy Drew title,   Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (©1941; ©1971).

Two very different stories sold under the same Nancy Drew title, Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion (©1941; ©1971).

The Nancy Drew series (written under the pseudonym of Carolyn Keene) began in 1930.

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What the Font — 1930s Nancy Drew

The success of a book can be attributed to many things.  It can be related to plot and characters.  Illustrations can have a significant impact.  Not always recognized is the importance of page design and typography.  The shapes of the letters, the spacing, the size of the margins. Edward Stratemeyer’s role as an amateur printer […]

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Two presentations in San Diego, June 2018

James D. Keeline will give two presentations as part of the Oasis Lifelong Learning program in June 2018.  These are held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.  Details will be found on the individual event pages.  This includes the nominal fee ($12 per class) and a link to register on the Oasis website. Stratemeyer Syndicate […]

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Happy Birthday, Harriet Stratemeyer Adams

This post is written on Harriet Stratemeyer Adams’ 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 […]

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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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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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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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Artifact — Dana Girls electrotype printing plate

When series books were published, it was expected that thousands of copies would be printed and sold.  The lead-based type metal (actually lead, tin and antimony) was too soft and heavy for a page’s worth of type.  The electrotype printing plate was one of two main methods used to make plates for books (and other […]

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Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books era

A recent article in The Atlantic gives some interesting perspectives on the role of ghostwriting the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in the era immediately after the Stratemeyer Syndicate was sold to Simon & Schuster in 1984.   When the Stratemeyer Syndicate was a separate entity, they supplied the outlines to ghostwriters, edited the stories, and submitted […]

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