Grosset & Dunlap wanted to do a special edition of the first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock, for the 80th anniversary in 2010. They put out a bookstore kit with a stand-up of Nancy Drew from The Hidden Staircase that included a poster and buttons for bookstore promotions and had a lot of publicity and a press release around the anniversary in April 2010. They contacted me some months before the release of the special edition asking if I would like to write a short page of fun facts about Nancy Drew for the book. It was only one page, so I had to keep it pretty short and sweet. I sent them a list of items they could pick and choose from.
It was a very nice opportunity to be a part of the 80th anniversary celebration. I also got to do some media interviews including one at Media Bistro online and those were a lot of fun.
I have to address an issue with a few people that seemed to come up--one in a review at an online book site--and one who e-mailed me to ask what in the hell was I thinking to associate myself with---wait for it....---the revised text version ;-) Apparently that's a terrible thing? I never really responded to any of that because I thought it was kind of un-Nancy like. But for anyone who did wonder (without resorting to tearing up/burning/and or some other kind of disposal of this book-ha!) why Grosset & Dunlap used the revised text, I would suspect that it's because that's what's currently in print and has been since 1959--51 years now. So, that wasn't really a surprise to me if you understand the original version which does have some racial stereotyping going on--in a chapter or two and it's brief--but it's still there. Grosset & Dunlap doesn't print the original version anymore--and frankly the PC police would probably be all over it if they did--think of what a stir that would have been :) I wouldn't have minded the original being used--that would have been pretty cool--but I didn't lose any sleep over it being the revised version which is what I grew up on and enjoyed as a kid.
Perhaps for the 85th, we'll see more commemorative items. I'd sure love to see a boxed set of the first 3 books--the originals even--with original Tandy illustrations on the box. I think that would be quite lovely!