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Thursday, March 24, 2011

10 Days and Counting

And yes, I'm counting.

In ten days I'll fly (make that BE FLOWN ) to New York for a presentation to the sales people at Scholastic. My editor and my agent tell me this is a coveted invitation. I'm sure I would have totally coveted it had I known about it. But now that I've been invited, I'm preparing. The theme is "Debut Authors" and I am one of four honored guests. And yes, I'm thrilled and impressed. More on this as we count down ten days.

Here's my first step: New business cards. My old ones looked like ladies' calling cards, circa 1950s. No blog address. Old snail mail address. Would not do.

(This is not a commentary on whether business cards are obsolete, about to be replaced by cellphone info or those little bumping logo things featured in the newspaper last week. For now, let's just say I need a few cards with my current info, okay?)

For these new beauties, I can thank Eileen Harrell of Artline Graphics in Atlanta and my fabulous Living Social offer (meant for the DC market but mistakenly came to me).

Eileen had earlier responded to my worries that my cards were blah and outdated by fiddling around and coming up with something quite spiffy. The problem was, I didn't understand a word she emailed, re: design. Color bleeding? Paper stock? Huh?  So how on earth was I to order new cards on my own? All I told her was that I'd like a design thingey, very lowkey.

She responded that design thingey is not really an art term.

Oh, dear.

Then, as I was cooling my heels waiting for a flight,  a coupon for Vistaprint arrived in my email box. I googled Vistaprint. There were some sketchy remarks. But I shot the email to Eileen and she played around with their website and mastered it completely. Yay for commercial artists!

So we did all this via email and they arrived today and I'm sure I'll be passing them to anyone who asks at the Scholastic luncheon. They are gorgeous. They feel just right. Thanks, Eileen!

Here's her funny emailed comment, when the order seemed to be going swimmingly and computers were actually working as promised.

It is pretty damn cool, when you can DO a business card with a friend from Mississippi in Fla, and NJ while in an airport on a Sunday morning, with a coupon from Washington purchased from Atlanta to be sent to a different address!

On some days, I do love computers.


G. Neri said...

Nice card. You'll do well. Remember, put yourself in their shoes. Your role is not only to get the team on board but to give then golden nuggets that will help them pass on the excitement too. That's everything from how the story came to be, your childhood, your role as a librarian and writer...all good stuff!

LynnKeffer said...

I don't know what your old cards looked like, but hey, that new one is pretty nice! Good luck and congratulations!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Amen to G. Neri - I second everything he said. Or rather, he took the words right out of my mouth, ha,ha! *waves* to G. Neri! :-)

Augusta - this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! How did this all come about??? You gotta spill, girlfriend! Can't wait to hear all the juicy details. And I love the biz cards, they're perfect.

Good luck to you!

Plastic business cards said...

Business cards are the calling card for your company. They are one of the most important marketing tool for a business because they are portable, affordable and versatile.

Barbara O'Connor said...

Love those! (And you love computers every day. Admit it)

Augusta Scattergood said...

Thanks, Greg. Good advice. Kimberley, I sent you an email. Too long for a comment!
And yes, I love computers every day. Who am I fooling...

Edee said...

Beautiful, simple design to help people remember who you are. I like it. This is so exciting and I am thrilled for you. Good luck!

Theodora said...

I love the comment and the cards. Perfect. You were smart to think of updating your old ones.

I know this special honor is just the start of accolades for you, Augusta. Congratulations, again!