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The Gift

Choosing the right gift for someone is always a challenge.  It is even more difficult when it is a gift for a business contact if you don’t know them very well. Of course sometimes the recipient returns the gift.  However, it is not very often that the recipient returns it to the presenter with a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Webster series

Webster series

The Webster Series. Edward Stratemeyer read the writings of Horatio Alger, Jr. as a youth and later went on to write stories in his style and even 11 books as Alger with approval first by Alger himself and later Alger’s sister and executor. In the early 20th Century the book marketplace was flooded with cheap Alger […]

Frank V. Webster

Frank V. Webster

“Frank V. Webster” was a Stratemeyer Syndicate pseudonym used for the Webster series of stories that resemble the writings of Horatio Alger, Jr. Unlike many pen names, a conscious effort was made to present “Frank V. Webster” as a real person.  A 1911 Cupples & Leon ad to the book trade, likely written by Edward Stratemeyer, […]

Bobbsey Twins

Bobbsey Twins

The Bobbsey Twins series. In addition to the Deep Sea (Dave Fearless) series, the Bobbsey Twins was the other series where the first volume was personally written by Edward Stratemeyer. This only applies to the original text for The Bobbsey Twins; or, Merry Days Indoors and Out as it was published by Mershon in 1904. […]