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Educate the Nation on Hamilton

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Educate the Nation  on Hamilton --
Send Me to New York!

March 15, 2019

Dear friends,

An incredible opportunity to spread the circulation of Hamilton Versus Wall Street has come up, and I need your help to seize it.

From May 29-31, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States, Book Expo America, is occurring in New York City.  I have an offer from one of its exhibitors, Authors Press, to promote my book at this event. They will set up a book display, organize a book signing, produce an 6-7 minute video, deploy 3 to 5 sales people at the event to sell the book, and circulate a press release through social media. They will also market the book in their physical bookstore for a month after the event.

The cost?  $3500.  That’s the same amount it would cost me if I contracted for a 5’ x 10’ booth directly with Book Expo, with none of the perks.

The bottom line is that this is a unique opportunity to get high visibility for the book and its ideas, and hopefully get it into bookstores and libraries around the country. It can kick-start the process of a real education on what the American System is all about.

Just imagine if we could get a vigorous public political discussion going about funding a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank using Hamiltonian methods! I put the proposal in the book so that this could happen.

The problem is, I don’t have the money.  Ed and I have already laid out over $2000 to get the book published, and we can’t afford to put out thousands more. So I’m asking for your help.

As many of you know, I wrote Hamilton Versus Wall Street now because I felt there was not only a great opportunity, given the success of the musical, but because Hamilton and the American System are so crucial to getting this country out of the mess it’s in now.  The reception among some Hamilton promoters, and some industry reviewers has been extremely positive.  But it takes a lot of advertising to get a book to take off.

I need to get a flow of funds immediately, in order to pin down the plans. Please help me educate America on Hamilton.  Send me to New York!

Gratefully,

Nancy
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A Report-back: The BookExpo Was a Step Forward
June 4, 2019

Dear friends,

Thanks to your support, the potential for a leap in circulation of Hamilton Versus Wall Street has significantly increased. My five days in New York City at BookExpo 2019 (for publishers and professionals) and BookCon (for the public) gave me and my book a big boost, the results of which will be felt in the weeks and months to come.

Over the course of the events, my Authors Press sponsors distributed my 500 leaflets introducing the book, and more than 150 book-cards. Some of these went to people with whom I had substantive conversations about Hamilton’s policies, and how they were needed today. I had a goodly number of such conversations (sorry, I didn’t keep count), 14 of which resulted in book sales. I also had a complement of 11 books to be given away (provided by the sponsors), which went out quickly.

As you might imagine, my book was quite a contrast to those which were being heavily promoted at both the wholesale and retail events. Posters featuring books of fantasy, magic, and sci-fi were hung throughout the huge Javits Center. During the BookCon, when the event was open to the public, the place swarmed with teenagers, many of whom were dressed in fantastical costumes depicting the creatures in those books. I was too busy trying to find the serious people who would be interested in my book to take pictures that would dramatize this.

The second most popular genre was “self-help” books of all kinds, ranging from topics like “Beyond Grief,” to “Humanity 2.0.” These were stories of personal spiritual journeys, and “life-coach”-type books. Many people clearly are looking for the “small picture.”

But the good news is that the interest in Alexander Hamilton as a great founder is alive and well! Many people were attracted by my poster (visible in the picture) to come ask what it was about, especially during the BookCon. Mothers with teenage children were often drawn to the sign, but they were not the only ones. One fellow took my book-cards to give to a group of his friends whom he described as “Hamilton groupies.” Others came over to check it out because their spouse was a great Hamilton or economics fan.

The logistical crew at the booth where I was located did a video, as promised, which should be edited to be about six minutes, and sent to me for use as publicity in the near future. The young man who asked the questions did a great job, zeroing in on the content rather than what it’s like to be an author.

I had numerous conversations which could lead to further publicity, and was, of course, regaled with the conventional “wisdom” about publishing. That includes the assertion that self-publishing is a loser, and that you have to get a Kirkus review in order to get your book anywhere, including libraries. While neither of these options is inconceivable to me, I refuse to see them as insurmountable problems. Waiting for official approval is not my style.

As those of you who read my blog know, one of the highlights of this trip occurred outside the Expo—my unforgettable visit to Hamilton’s Grange. Besides the tour, I was also pursuing the potential for getting my book into the repertoire of the National Park Service Rangers at Hamilton sites, and maybe even sold in their bookstores. It’s a distinct possibility.

With this report, I am closing down the GoFundMe site. I greatly appreciate the support you gave me. While I no longer will be asking for money, I do urge you to spread the word about the book to all, including policymakers; post reviews; call bookstores to create demand; donate copies to libraries; set up speaking events; and do anything else you can think of to expand circulation and debate about Hamilton Versus Wall Street. You can find me by email (nancyspannaus@comcast.net) or through my blog ( https://americansystemnow.com). This country needs Hamilton’s ideas, and together we have an indispensable role to play.

With enduring gratitude,

Nancy
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The set-up at BookExpo America -- So far I've mostly seen other authors, but there are days to go....
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Dear Friends,

I am off to New York City tomorrow. I will try to update you on the progress, as things proceed. Once you get the final report, I can close down this appeal.

Know that I greatly appreciate your aid--and anything more you can do to promote Hamilton Versus Wall Street.

Nancy
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In the throes of preparation for my trip to the Big City on Wednesday. I was told to bring mass promotional material, so I have crafted a leaflet which I am sharing with you here. Feel free to use it to spread the word. (And don't forget to write a review on Amazon!)

GET THE REAL STORY ON ALEXANDER HAMILTON!

Get HAMILTON VERSUS WALL STREET – at BOOTH #1667

Hamilton, The Musical stirred up tremendous interest in Alexander Hamilton, but once people seek out more information, what do they find? All too often, they are given the standard smears, allegations that Hamilton was against the interests of the common man, a consummate militarist, even a de facto British agent! Most importantly, they learn NOTHING about the principles embodied in Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton’s economic and financial system.

This is a tragedy, because Hamilton’s ideas launched the American System of Economics which were the basis for the spectacular growth of our nation’s economy. It was under the First and Second National Banks of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt that we became the economic envy of the world.

In her book Hamilton Versus Wall Street: The Core Principles of the American System of Economics, journalist Nancy Spannaus seeks to fill the gap. “Hamilton Would Have Been the Foremost Opponent of Wall Street Today,” she argues in the first chapter. In a series of short, pointed chapters, she then makes the case step by step, starting with Hamilton’s largely overlooked masterwork, The Report on Manufactures. She traces his influence in building the country and concludes with “A Hamiltonian Vision for Today.”

As economist Richard Sylla, author of Alexander Hamilton: An Illustrated Biography, put it:
"In our time of crumbling infrastructure, anemic economic growth, and dysfunctional government, Spannaus points to a better path, the American System of economic policy initiated by Alexander Hamilton more than two centuries ago. Hamilton encouraged long-term investment and productivity growth, and discouraged short-term speculation and financial instability. His policies made America great, and a return to them can make America great again."

Americans need to learn Hamilton’s economic principles, not just to understand the past, but to build a future for our nation. Reading Hamilton Versus Wall Street is the way for them to begin.
Get Hamilton Versus Wall Street in either e-book or soft-cover at all major booksellers, or through the publisher at www.iuniverse.com/bookstore. Reach the author through https://americansystemnow.com.

AUTHOR BOOK-SIGNING: SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 10 AM-1 PM, BOOTH #1667
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