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Back to School Sale!

In honor of that dreaded phrase, “Back to School”—and the fact that Laurel’s early public schools actually had a number of picture postcards (many of which appear in the book)—you can order Postmark Laurel this week for $30! That’s a savings of 25%, or $10 off each book. But it’s this week only, so get it while you can!


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Postmark Laurel

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, I’m excited to report that my new book, Postmark Laurel, is being printed as we speak!

The book is a whopping 280 pages of historic postcards from Laurel, and every edition is hardcover.

You can pre-order to reserve your copy now through the PayPal link below.
Delivery is expected before July 2019. Supply will be limited, and orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first served basis.
$40 + s/h

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Kickstarter Campaign Ends Today!

Your chance to order a Lost Laurel book via the Kickstarter campaign is ending this evening, as an incredibly successful 30-day campaign will come to a close!

There are still plenty of great rewards available, too—many of them exclusive to backers of the project on Kickstarter.com.

Also, you don’t have to purchase a book to be able to contribute; even a $5 pledge will get your name printed in the book’s acknowledgments. Every dollar helps, as evidenced by the over $17,000 this campaign has raised. That money has elevated the book from a 152-page print-on-demand paperback that may have yielded less than 300 total copies, to a 192-page book that will be printed on premium paper with high-quality binding; with a minimum 1,000 softcover copies to be available, as well as a limited-edition run of 200 hardcover books. It’s a huge upgrade that never would have been possible without your support.

You can see a preview of the scope of the book in this sample copy I had printed, but the final version will be even bigger and better. Over 20 pages have been added since!

If you haven’t done so already, please visit the campaign page soon and contribute before the clock runs out!


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Coming soon—Lost Laurel: THE BOOK!


Here it is—a sneak peek at what’s in the works: the very first LOST LAUREL BOOK!

Sometime in the next few weeks, I’m planning to launch a Kickstarter.com fundraiser to cover the expenses of a first-run printing of the book I’m designing myself; and I’m making sure there will be a lot of very cool Lost Laurel rewards available for everyone who contributes to the project.

The Kickstarter campaign will feature tiered contribution levels—everything from $1 and up! For example, a $5 contribution might get your name printed in the acknowledgments section; a $10 contribution might get you the acknowledgement, plus a Lost Laurel postcard in the mail, updating you on the book’s progress.

On the larger side, a $100 contribution might not only get you one of the limited-edition hardcover books, but I’ll deliver it in person, treat you to lunch at the legendary Tastee Diner, and take a group walking tour of nearby Main Street. You get the idea. But most importantly, the more I can raise through Kickstarter, the bigger, better, & more affordable the book will be.There’ll be much more info to come; but in the meantime, I’ve been getting fantastic feedback in terms of how many folks are interested in contributing—I’m happy to say that the demand is definitely there!

On a related note, now is also the time to go through your own photos and artifacts—you may have something that would be an excellent addition to the book! If so, you’ll receive a photo credit (and, of course, a free copy!) If you have any photos to share, please email me at richard_friend@mac.com with details.

As always, many thanks for your support! Stay tuned, and check the Facebook page for updates!

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