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“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Things Have Changed






My local professional baseball team, the Kansas City Royals, made the playoffs after a 29-year-old drought.   After winning eight games in a row, they are made it to  the 7th game of the World Series.  They had the tying run on third base when the game ended. 

I don’t know how things went the last time the Royals were in the World Series, but I was surprised to learn what happened after the games.  The Royals, who earned a wild card slot, played Oakland, another wild card team, for the right to play in division playoff games.  This year the California/Los Angeles/Anaheim Angels had the best record as the division winners even if they keep changing their name over the years.  Because I lived close by I know the stadium is located, as always, in Anaheim, California.  The Angels had the best record in the American League.  They also had the best regular season record in either league this year. 

 Within minutes of the Royal’s 12th inning Wild Card win, one bat-boy grabbed the bat Royal’s catcher Salvador Perez used to drive in the winning run. Another bat-boy retrieved the ball from the outfield.  Jim Preutting, an off-duty police officer, documented the mementoes, applied a silver 3D sticker to each one and scanned each sticker with a hand-held device.  A drop down menu on the device allowed him to input the details Batter. Pitcher.  Inning. Type of hit:  game-winning.  The bat and ball will probably end up displayed in the Royals Hall of Fame.

Earlier in the game Preutting had done the same, i.e., he had authenticated items as “game used’” for the collector market.  73 thrown balls, a set of bases used in each inning, shavings from the base paths, bottled water from fountains in the stadium, and a 5-gallon bucket of infield dirt were among the memorabilia bagged and tagged.  The stadium has an Authentics Store in which you can buy items with a visual chain-of-custody running from game to the store.  Home run baseballs and the balls an umpire puts in his pocket will not make the cut because another ball might have been substituted for the original.

Baseball teams and major league baseball take in money by selling authentic souvenirs. The Royals give 20% of the money from sales to charity.  They also donate game-used items to schools and non-profit agencies holding fund raising auctions.  The system also works against crooks who market of fake memorabilia such as dirt from somebody’s back yard.

The Royals swept the Angels.  In the World Series I wonder if there will be a similar harvesting of in-game material after each game.  What happens if a team wins and the final game is on the road? I cannot believe professional baseball would pass up the opportunity for a profit.


What situations do you know of that are guarantees of massive profit?

3 comments:

Kara Cerise said...

I had no idea that they used such a high-tech process to save and sell baseball memorabilia. Many years ago when they were called the Anaheim Angels, I twirled flags at several pregame shows. Maybe I would be classified as old memorabilia?

I think the commercialization (advertising) of Christmas guarantees a profit. This year I saw wreaths and trees for sale even before Halloween.

E. B. Davis said...

Certainly not writing, Warren. The nonfiction market with the protocol of book proposals seems like a better process than selling fiction where the author has to complete the manuscript before selling it. I understand it, but it is a time consuming endeavor without a high probability of profit. It is the opposite of the situation you describe. Although I recognize the odds of getting into a championship aren't high, they are still better than a writer's chance.

KM Rockwood said...

I have always lived in households with sports fanatics, and managed to be somewhat unscathed by it. My father loved the Yankees and the Jets; my husband, bred & born in Philly, loves the Eagles and the Phillies.I worked for a while in Westminster, MD, which until recently had the Raven's training camp, so of course the whole town were Ravens fans.