Do Rare Books Appreciate in Value?

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Dan GregoryI was recently asked by a reporter to comment on this question, and I offered some specific examples. As is often the case, my comments in the article, as well as an explanation of the examples, were very much cut for space (no hard feelings, I understand how these things go). But I thought I would provide the examples here, as well as a fuller answer to this question of how much rare books appreciate in value.

First, some examples. The exact SAME COPY of:

Author Title Old Price 2004 Price
Ernest Hemingway Three Stories and Ten Poems $6000 in 1977 $150,000
Jack Kerouac The Town and the City $2500 in 1978 $40,000
Mark Twain Life on the Mississippi $4800 in 1988 $19,000
Oscar Wilde Lady Windemere’s Fan $1700 in 1982 $32,500

But are these good examples? And what do these numbers really mean?

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Protecting Your #Child from • Soul Poison •  #Parenting 

Originally posted on Four Guys and a Girl:

Protecting Your Child from “Soul Poison”
There are some decent, even values-oriented things on television for children these days. But, as you know very well, there’s a lot of garbage, too. And in between those two extremes, there are shows that are mostly good but have some words scattered in them that little ears shouldn’t be hearing – or big ears, for that matter. Along comes a service called TV Guardian – which automatically replaces a naughty word with a nice word, thus removing what could be bad for your child. Occasionally, the replacements are actually a little amusing. Like the word “sex,” for example. The replacement word is “hugs.” Which gets a little interesting when someone asks, “So what will be the hugs of your baby?” But I do think TV Guardian is a pretty good idea.

Something like TV Guardian was invented for parents who realize a very…

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Deadline TODAY: FAN FICTION Screenplay Festival

Originally posted on WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review:

Submit a FAN FICTION Script of a classic television show, movie series, or iconic franchise. Any past TV show or movie in the history of cinema. For example: You can send in a Friends TV screenplay, or a feature script from the Star Wars universe.

Offers writers at all levels the fantastic opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud using TOP PROFESSIONAL ACTORS and showcased online for 1000s to see. Gives you, the writer, the opportunity to have your fan fiction read by professionals and showcased to the industry and world.

No matter what happens, you will receive full feedback on your script by our established reading committee. No other place in the world will you get coverage for the price you pay. Even if you’re just looking for feedback on your script, this is the festival for you.

    WATCH past and recent script winning readings! See what happens when…

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Here is my interview with Shantee A. Parks

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Name Shantee A. Parks

 Age 40

Where are you from Detroit, MI

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

Shantee’: I have my undergrad Business degree from University of Detroit Mercy and my graduate degree from Central Michigan University. I moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006. My husband and I have three beautiful children two girls and a boy. I enjoy travelling when I can.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

Shantee’:  I started Posey Parks Publishing. I just released the first installment of Samantha Posey: Love Unfolded Samantha Posey 2 is in the editing phase. I just started writing Samantha Posey book 3.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Shantee’:  I’ve always been a journal writer just writing about my life. I found out early on I have a wild imagination and a friend of mine always wanted to hear my…

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How to (Effectively) Show Support

Originally posted on The Daily Dahlia:

Here’s something I’ve noticed a lot – people want to help. People have good intentions. People want to show support. But they don’t really know how. They don’t know why something matters, or how to get mileage out of it.

Here’s what else I’ve noticed a lot – people really love to rage. And that’s important; there are issues that require it. And raging does change things.

BUT.

There is a really big difference between being a person who only rages and a person who both rages and makes a real move for change. And maybe people don’t realize that. Maybe they don’t get how. But I’m tired of seeing raging with no support counterbalance, and I’m tired of people thinking raging is enough without backing it up in a meaningful way. I’m tired of people not realizing how limiting the effects are when all you do is talk…

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Day 351 – July 17, 2015

Originally posted on The Year of Blogging Faithfully:

I haven’t been promoting the Abigail Phelps books at all lately. They are still out there, of course…but no one is buying. I always managed to sell a few here and there, but with absolutely zero effort being put into promotion, well…I’m getting an even return on my investment. IF things work out and we move towards publication on the Christian romance, the Abby books will probably be going away for a while. That’s a big IF, of course. But even IF…there is a part of me that thinks I should try to sell as many copies as I can before that happens, just to try to bring in a little money before I have to say goodbye to that little bit of income, however paltry. But the way things work in my life, I dare not.

Timing always plays a huge and hilarious role in my life. And the…

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I Wish My Daughter Had Autism

Originally posted on WRITTEN REFLECTIONS:

You may think it’s horrible to say this, but I wish my daughter had autism.  BUT there is a very good reason for it.

I should clarify myself before I upset anyone whose life has been touched by autism. I wish my daughter, Paige, had a diagnosis of autism. She displays all the behaviors of autism, except one – she does not have social deficits.

WHAT DOES PAIGE DO THAT LOOKS LIKE AUTISM?

1.   Paige has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). More often than not, children with autism have sensory challenges.

This poem was written by Darci Harig, who has SPD. Take a moment to read it and put yourself in her place.

My skin feels like it is on fire, tags poke at me like a hot wire.
My pants are too loose, or way too tight…no matter what, they just don’t feel right.
My shoes hurt my feet, I just can’t…

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