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Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books era 3

Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books era 3

The Stratemeyer Syndicate was working to produce books that would sell for many years.  This meant that there was an avoidance of brand names and slang and popular culture items which would tend to date the stories.  Even World War II was largely unmentioned directly for the titles produced during the war.  Uncle Ned of […]

Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books Era 2

Ghostwriting in the Mega-Books Era 2

A 2015 post collected some information about Mega-Books, the book packager that succeeded the Stratemeyer Syndicate when the earlier firm was purchased by Simon & Schuster. The Stratemeyer Syndicate supplied outlines, often very detailed, to its ghostwriters.  However, Mega-Books (and Simon & Schuster afterward when they took the work in house) required writers to supply […]

What the Font — Bright Days

Edward Stratemeyer’s first amateur printing in the mid-1870s attempted to replicate the larger story papers he read.  In the 1880s he returned to this field with a semi-professional story paper called Our American Boys that lasted for three issues at the beginning of 1883. His first stories were published in story papers like Golden Days (James Elverson, […]

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 […]

Story—Proving His Worth (1895)

Three of the holiday-themed short stories Edward Stratemeyer wrote for the Newark Sunday Call newspaper in the 1890s were timed and themed for Independence Day, July 4th. Another example is “A Lucky Explosion” from 1892.  This baseball story, “Proving His Worth”, was published three years later. Since the newspaper was issued weekly on a Sunday, the […]

Hawaiian Volcano

The volcano Kilauea on the island of Hawaii has recently been in the news.  The entire archipelago has formed from relatively recent volcanic activity and Kilauea has long been active and a marvel and terror for more than 150 years. Edward Stratemeyer’s older half-brother, George Christian Stratemeyer, left Elizabeth, New Jersey, and moved first to […]

Happy Birthday Edward Stratemeyer

Edward Stratemeyer, 1903

This post was written on the 155th anniversary of Edward Stratemeyer’s birthday. Edward Stratemeyer was born on October 4, 1862 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Henry Julius Stratemeyer and Anna Siegel Stratemeyer.  He was the youngest of six children born to Anna.  His three oldest half-brothers were fathered by George Edward Stratemeyer before he died […]

On This Date — Sept. 28

On any given date of the year there are dozens of letters that were composed by the Stratemeyer Syndicate or by correspondents and sent in.  This is an interesting letter from The American Boy magazine that gives a chance to explore how things were done 111 years ago. Edward Stratemeyer was more than just a writer, […]

On This Date — Sept. 16

On any given date of the year there are dozens of letters that were composed by the Stratemeyer Syndicate or by correspondents and sent in.  This is an interesting and revealing letter from this date to a young fan. My Dear Young Friend: When writing replies to fan mail, Stratemeyer routinely addressed them in this […]

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 […]