Open Thread Wednesday 10/28/09

BHB Photo Club pic by fkuffel

BHB Photo Club pic by fkuffel

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  • first

    I’m first & you’re not. Thanks–I’ve always wanted to do that.

  • AEB

    But you’d be first even if you weren’t first….

  • melanie hope greenberg

    MERMAIDS ON PARADE BLOG was just chosen “100 Best Book Blogs for Kids, Tweens, and Teens” from Online School blog.

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Now for the bad new: My book MERMAIDS ON PARADE is going Out of Print. I am so sad. I plan to buy the remainder copies (100 boxes) and store them. I am looking for a storage facility that is reasonably priced, climate controlled and HONEST. Please let me know your suggestions. Thanks for all the support. I am still going forward in my career. Many good books are experiencing the same fate as mine during these sad economic times. I do not take it so personally and now I need to hustle to find them a good storage facility.

  • another jen

    Melanie, can you set up a table somewhere and sell them in the Heights?

  • melanie hope greenberg

    @another jen. Thanks for the suggestion. On the street is not really my thing. I do various author visits at elementary schools, book stores, literature conferences and book fairs. Owning my less recent books keeps them alive while I paint new books. I am open to all school book fairs and would donate a portion of my sales to that school. I am also offering signed proof pages from Mermaids on Parade some matted, some paper as well as original art and my autographed books for the holidays. More to come……

    I seem to like the Extra Space on Flatbush Ave. Does anyone have any experiences to relate?

  • Monty

    What’s up with the Danish Christmas Festival? Is it going to happen this year? Usually it’s early/mid November and I am jonesing for hot dog with remoulade.

  • GHB

    They probably got wind that someone actually said “jonesing” and decided to cancel Christmas this year.

  • Andrew Porter

    Melanie, the most horrible thing I ever saw in publishing was a remainder warehouse near St. Catherine’s Ontario that had been a parachute factory during WW2, that was full of children’s books and YA books, all remaindered. Stretching on, endlessly, nearly to the horizon it seemed. Blame the IRS and the Thor Power Tool ruling back in the 70s.

    Most people I know who’ve bought their remaindered titles back have made furniture of them, such as a couch or a chair. Just throw a blanket over the carefully arranged pile, and voila!

  • Andrew Porter

    I wanted to add, Melanie, that I’ve still got copies of stuff I published in the 1970s. I’ve given away copies, but still have a few hundred here. And when I realized that I had an entire closet full of stuff that I’d published more than 25 years earlier, I put them down in the paper recycling in my building. There is being resourceful and hoping to sell things, and there is madness. The two are a knife’s edge apart.

  • John Wentling

    Might I suggest the Yankee Fair at Plymouth Church? “Books” is on the playbill, could be a means to an end.

  • Matthew Parker

    Just to let everyone know that as part of the Howl-o-Ween Parade, a raffle is still going on to win some nice prizes donated by neighborhood businesses. Raffle tickets are only $5, with all proceeds to benefit animal related charities. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Perfect Paws (corner of Hicks and Pineapple).

    Here are some of the raffle prizes:

    Van Sickle Salon – $100 value

    Heights Café – $50 value

    Henry’s End – $50 value

    Building on Bond – (2) $50 VALUE

    Fabio Scalia Salon (Montague St.) – $100 value

    Oil Painting of pet – $350 value

    Book Court – $50 value

    Browning Frames and Prints – $50 value

    Dana (dog walking) – 3 free walks

    Dogs of Brooklyn Heights 2010 Calendar – $50 value

  • melanie hope greenberg

    Thanks Andrew for the kind words. I threw black material over 18 boxes in the middle of my studio. Tied baroque-style knots and voila, new desktop! Hearing tales of our books makes me more resolved to keep mine in the public eye. Nowadays, authors must be publicists, it’s almost required. I know that I have a product of quality.

    Thank you, John Wentling. I will look into that.
    Do you know the date of the Yankee Fair?

  • andy

    How about donating books to schools and libraries?