inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #176 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Tue 29 Jan 02 20:06
    
Hey, there's only one B & N in RI, and two Borders.  I'm sanguine about 
it--  They don't care about any other stores, just Borders.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #177 of 228: David S. Greene (dsg) Wed 30 Jan 02 06:50
    

I am also surprised that they can institute that kind of rule.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #178 of 228: Donna Atwood (bratwood) Wed 30 Jan 02 14:51
    
Borders is a publisher's nightmare, only worse! 
I'd be happy if we never did any business with them.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #179 of 228: David S. Greene (dsg) Fri 1 Feb 02 09:33
    

How so?  What do they do that's so heinous?
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #180 of 228: Donna Atwood (bratwood) Sun 3 Feb 02 16:57
    
- Trash your books completely, poor in-store management.
- Attempt to mail back completely annihilated books for credit.
  (We're talking books so badly mangled that they can't even be
donated or used for sale samples.)
- Claim greater refunds amounts than actual quantity of returned
books.
- Slow to no pay.
- Rude, sub-professional staff.
- Dun you for money after their shipping company has assumed
responsibility for loss/damage.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #181 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Mon 4 Feb 02 04:26
    
I haven't found that to be true (as of yet)  But time will tell.

I was doing some checking on Amazon.com

If you search for books with the word Rhode Island in them, there are 748 
of them.

We are the #14 best-seller (according to Amazon!)
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #182 of 228: Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 4 Feb 02 09:48
    

Number 14 overall, or number 14 of the 748 books about Rhode Island?
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #183 of 228: Donna Atwood (bratwood) Mon 4 Feb 02 10:29
    
I can't imagine it would EVER be #14 overall (unless it was about sex,
or money, or Harry Potter).
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #184 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Mon 4 Feb 02 11:57
    
#14 of the 748 books with Rhode Island in their subject or title.

We are #1,200,759  (which is up around 500,000 books from where we first 
started!)

Hey it's a rise, and although it is a meteoric rise, we are not yet a 
meteor!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #185 of 228: Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Mon 4 Feb 02 15:07
    
> #14 of the 748 books with Rhode Island in their subject or title.

congrats on being #14!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #186 of 228: Eleanor Parker (wellelp) Tue 5 Feb 02 00:18
    
I bet Top Ten is just around the corner.  Good going, Adam and Donna!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #187 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Fri 8 Feb 02 08:38
    
Thanks!

In other news, I've got two booksignings coming up in Providence on 
February 16.

11 am at the Brown Bookstore Warwick

2 pm at Barnes and Noble in Warwick


I also booked another weekend of Flea Circus in May in Boston!

 I will be performing my Flea Circus at the Puppet Showplace again!
 
 May 3, 4, 5
 
Tickets are $8, $7 for Members

 Friday   May 3 @ 8 pm
 Saturday May 4 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)
 Saturday May 4 @ 8 pm (adult show)
 Sunday   May 5 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)
 
 Puppet Showplace Theatre
 32 Station Street
 Brookline, MA 02445-7338
 Phone: (617) 731-6400
 E-mail: info@puppetshowplace.org 
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #188 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Wed 13 Feb 02 17:47
    
We've been selected as the IPNE Spotlight publisher!

IPNE is the Independent Publishers of New England.

It's  a pretty new organization, but over 142 publishers are members.

<http://www.ipneonline.com>
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #189 of 228: Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 13 Feb 02 19:56
    

The kudos just keep on coming!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #190 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Mon 18 Mar 02 11:34
    
And more kudos (these just in!)


I'm glad to report that the book made the local best seller                     
list at Barrington Books (and got published in the paper this past     
Sunday!)

Okay, we're #10 on a list of 10, but we're there!

<http://www.projo.com/report/html/books/07235121.htm>

Also, we've moved up approximately 80,000 places at Amazon.com 

When last I checked we were 1,200,759

Today we are                1,120,745

 
I'm pretty pleased about all of this!

Can cracking the millionth barrier be far behind?  :o)
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #191 of 228: Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 18 Mar 02 12:31
    

Watching your success is almost as much fun as watching you tell us about 
it!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #192 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Mon 18 Mar 02 12:58
    
Well, i doubt that the big boys will be knocking down our doors 
threatening to sign us to a big deal, a la  M.J. Rose, but it's fun to 
know that people like the book....
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #193 of 228: Gail Williams (gail) Mon 18 Mar 02 13:08
    
Yep, you have a hit.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #194 of 228: (bratwood) Mon 18 Mar 02 16:27
    
I'm always tickled with even a tiny whack of publicity. We may just
nudge our 15 minutes of fame up to 16 or even 17.

Over in the California market, the Acorn Naturalists catalog just gave
my southwest books a nice group of listings. They listed "Ancient
Harvest" twice. Once under "Connecting Science, Nature, and Art" and
again under "Botanical Forays". I highly recommend this catalog for
anyone into nature subjects:
http://www.acornnaturalists.com
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #195 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Mon 1 Apr 02 08:05
    
Here's some upcoming performances and events if  you are on the East 
Coast:

1) I'll be performing my flea circus in Newport, RI on Sunday April 7 at 2
pm.  Tickets are free for adults!  (Kids 3-13 are $5.00)  This is at the
Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue.  Call 401-848-8200 for 
reservations,
or see my website http://www.trainedfleas.com

(I'll also be performing the night before at the High Society Newport
Artists' Ball, but tickets are $50 at the door!  I expect everyone to be
there!)

2) Saturday April 27, I'll have two booksignings at two different Borders 
in
Providence.  (The book is Rhode Island A to Z-- A Coloring/Learning Book 
all
about Rhode Island.  To find out more about the book, check out
http://www.riatoz.com )

Borders in Cranston from 12-1   401-944-9160
Borders in Providence from 2-3  401-270-4801

These booksignings are part of teacher appreciation days, and there will 
be
special bonuses for teachers.

3) The weekend of May 3 I'll be performing 6 shows in Boston at the Puppet
Showplace Theatre in Brookline.

Friday May 3 @ 8 pm
Saturday May 4 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)
Saturday May 4 @ 8 pm (adult show)
Sunday May 5 @ 1 and 3 pm (kid's show)

Puppet Showplace Theatre
32 Station Street
Brookline, MA 02445-7338
Phone: (617) 731-6400
E-mail: info@puppetshowplace.org
Tickets are $8 or $10 (I can't remember which)

Check my website:  http://www.acmeclown.com/schedule.html for accurate and
up to date info.

Hope to see you at one of the performances!

========"Dat's Some Joke, Hey Boss?" --Chico Marx==========
|  Adam Gertsacov,
|  Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland
|  http://www.acmeclown.com/greenbelt
|
|  Boss Clown, Chief Bottlewasher, Big Cheese of the Acme Clown Company
|  http://www.acmeclown.com
|
|  Psycho-Entomologist and Flea Trainer Extraordinaire!
|  http://www.trainedfleas.com
|
|  Author of Rhode Island A to Z, A coloring/learning book
|  http://www.riatoz.com  (AVAILABLE FALL 2001)
|
========"damn everything but the circus" ee cummings=========
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #196 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Wed 3 Apr 02 14:24
    
 Amazon Sales Rank Update!
 
 December 10, 2001  1,705,232
 January 21,2002    1,477,513
 February 4,2002    1,200,759
 April 4, 2002        895,081
                       
Yes, that's right folks, we are now in the top million!
(And we've almost halved our original rank!)

Also, when you search on the words "Rhode Island" we are the #2 most 
popular book!
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #197 of 228: Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 3 Apr 02 17:39
    

The hits just keep on coming!!

When's the next printing?
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #198 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Thu 4 Apr 02 08:31
    
Not sure.  We've still got quite a few books left (over a thousand)  When 
we are down to about 400 or 500 then we really have to start working on 
it, so that by the time we get down to 100 or so, we'll have the new books 
in stock.
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #199 of 228: It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Fri 12 Apr 02 11:20
    
Did my first school presentation yesterday.  It went very well.  It was a 
combination of "How I wrote my book" along with interesting facts about 
Rhode Island.

One of the things that was fun to talk about was the book life cycle.

author sells book to publisher
publisher sells book to store
store sells book to customers

Some customers are authors, who end up buying books in order to do 
research in order to start the whole process over.

Did 4 presentations to the various grades.  K-1, 2, 3, 4.

Some sophisticated questions surprisingly.  

Some less so.  

(A little boy thought that Q might have been for Ice Qube!)
  
inkwell.vue.136 : Adam Gertsacov and Donna Atwood: Rhode Island A to Z
permalink #200 of 228: Gail Williams (gail) Fri 12 Apr 02 11:20
    
What fun!
  

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