Monday, November 16, 2009

Andy's Desk: Wrapping up 'Mostly Spruce' and Tupper Lake Meet the Town

I’m still trying to catch up on my work after being sick all of October. The Adirondack Winter Guide was emailed out to Gloversville on Friday, Nov. 6. I’ve been frantically trying to get the new Tupper Lake/Long Lake/Newcomb Meet the Town edited and ready for the printer. It will go out today. Then I have to finish working on the second version of the “Adirondack Attic” Radio Series pilot for North Country Public Radio, now that I have a voice again.

Thursday, Nov. 19 is the big day for me in Tupper Lake. You’re all invited to the book-release party for the reprint of “Mostly Spruce and Hemlock,” by Louis J. Simmons. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library. The official book release date is Friday, Nov. 20; that’s when retail outlets are able to start selling the book. I’ll have the books available on my Hungry Bear Publishing web site on Friday morning as well. This was a long and worthwhile project. Partnering with the library was the key to this book’s success, as the presales paid for the printing. With 2,000 copies printed, we may be out of books by the end of 2010. Then we’ll ask the question, “Do we print another 2,000?” It will all depend on finances. So get your copies once they’re on sale!

We’re wrapping up the Business Plan course through the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation in Saranac Lake. We have about a month left of this 60-hour course, meeting Tuesday evenings for three hours for 15 weeks and another 15 hours outside of class. Dawn and I have learned a lot about the Business Plan process, and we’re looking forward to the class ending and applying for a microenterprise loan to get ahead and grow our publishing business.

Well, have to get going and plan this busy week. We have major deadlines to meet.

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