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Mrs. M was cleaning out her above garage attic today (a monumental task and she’s only scratched the surface). She came upon a complete set of old (first edition no doubt) Circle C Adventures books. Then, when she dug deeper to clean out the old “school visits” bin, the very first, original Tales from the Circle C Ranch short-story collection book fell into her hands.
Unbelievable! (changing to “I” now) I thought that book had been thrown away years and years ago. It’s the year I took fan questions like “Whatever happened to the snake Cory gave Andi at the end of Dangerous Decision?” and made up stories. I put them into this collection, created the cover to match the rest of the Circle C books, and then . . . well, I should have let it go at that.
Instead, I attended a writer’s conference in Oregon that my Kregel editor was attending. I made an appointment to meet him and showed him my fun idea. He surprised me and asked if Kregel could publish it. I should have said no thanks, but I was young and shy back then. They contracted me, but instead of making the book look like the rest of the Circle C Adventures, they gave it a cover that I have never liked (I tell young writers that if you go with a publisher, you can give them your thoughts but they will make the final decision on cover, page count, price, etc.)
So this is what ended up as the short-story collection. The book has never done well. It’s like an orphan-child with no home. I honestly believe that if it matched the other books in the series, this book would see new life (hmm, I might ask somebody at Kregel about that sometime).
If you have read this far, I will now share what I plan to do with this set of 7 books (all original covers, plus the one-of-a-kind Tales book). Since I am cleaning out my attic. I can . . .
- Toss the books in the dumpster to get them out of my sight. After all, they are not in mint condition, and they have a “display copy” sticker on each book. (I displayed them at school visits.) But the pages are all there and the interiors look fine. Or I can . . .
- Sell them to somebody. $30 for the complete set, which makes each Circle C original book $5.00 (they go for $8.99 now), and the Tales book gets tossed in for free. Plus free shipping.
I originally planned to offer them up on my Facebook Homeschool Curriculum Fair page. Those homeschool moms love it when I dig through my old stuff and find bargains. I often sell out what I’m offering the first 15 minutes after the post goes up. Then I thought of Circle C fans and figured it was only fair to see if a diehard fan wanted these collector’s items (collecting dust, that is). If you want this set, contact me >>
Update: The set has already sold. Thanks, Kirsten!
The first person to pay their invoice (after sending me your name, shipping address, and email) will get this one and only set. If nobody wants it, I don’t blame you. I’ll just offer it on the Top Picks group during my next featured vendor week.
Anyway, kind of a fun “old” Photo Friday.