A Literary Lemonade Stand–Or, An Old Promo with a New Twist

When I was eleven years old, I had a great (or so I thought) idea for a promotion.  School had just let out, and I wanted to earn some spending money for summer vacation.  So–I pitched my idea to my next-door neighbor Rick.

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“Hey,” he said, no doubt visualizing the games and comic books and other assorted sundries his share of the profits might buy, “that sounds great.  Count me in!”

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There were no two ways about it–Rick, with his sandy hair and dimples, had a face few could resist.  His cheeks were perpetually red from the pinches he’d get from adults.  With his help, I was sure we’d be a hit.

Our plan?  On the upcoming Saturday, we’d set up a stand at the base of his front lawn, strategically shaded by the towering maple tree that grew there like a leafy sentinel.  We’d been in the midst of a heat wave.  Surely passersby and motorists would stop for a cup of the lemonade we’d offer–both classic and pink!  We’d also have apple juice, a sheet cake Rick’s mother agreed to make, sliced into two-dozen pieces, and a cooler-full of Popsicles.  It was a can’t-miss proposition.  Rick and I were convinced no two kids had ever been more prepared to run a lemonade stand.  We even made signs, complete with the address and date of the event, which we placed at various strategic locations throughout the neighborhood.

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We’d charge a quarter a cup for the lemonade and juice, a quarter per Popsicle, and one dollar for each slice of cake.  Who would pass that deal up on a sparkling summer day, with the birds singing and the breeze blowing softly through the trees?

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The day before our big sale, Rick popped in for a visit and did a “cha-ching” dance–his own, on-the-spot invention.  This was greeted with catcalls from my two older brothers, but we were undeterred.

My mother sent us an ominous warning, however.

“It’s supposed to rain tomorrow,” she said.

Uh-oh.  We hadn’t even bothered to check the forecast.  So much for our sparkling day . . .

Twenty-four hours later, Rick and I were seated behind our lemonade stand–which was not so much the stand we had envisioned but rather the picnic table, complete with umbrella, that my brothers and I had managed to carry out to Rick’s front lawn and which now shielded our merchandise from the torrential downpour that would not let up for the entire day.

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When all was said and done, we made twelve dollars and change that soggy Saturday–not the fortune we had hoped for.

“Well, at least there’s leftover cake,” my sister said happily as we cleared the table.

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The Eye-Dancers promotion I am offering here will, with hope, prove to be more effective than the lemonade-stand-that-wasn’t all those years ago.  It’s a similar idea to previous promotions on this website, but this time, there is a new twist.

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The promo will run from today’s date, April 23, through Tuesday, June 30.  During this two-month-plus period, anyone who buys a copy of The Eye-Dancers, or who refers the book to someone else (the twist, the strawberry flavoring added to the lemonade!  more on this in a moment), will have an opportunity to win a gift card.

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If you do purchase a copy of The Eye-Dancers during this promo period (either as a paperback or an e-book), please notify me–either with a comment on this website or via email at michaelf424@gmail.com.

But–what if you’ve already bought a copy of the book and would still like to participate in the promo?  Not an issue!  Anyone who refers The Eye-Dancers to a friend, relative, friend of a friend, etc., will also be eligible to win the gift card provided that the friend they refer The Eye-Dancers to buys a copy of the book and then emails me and includes the name of the person who referred them.  (I know–that sentence is a mouthful!)  In this scenario, both people will be entered into the gift-card contest–the one who referred The Eye-Dancers to someone else, as well as the person who buys the book on the advice of said referral.  A two-for-one to enter the gift-card drawing!

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I will keep track of each person who buys a copy of the book (as well as those who refer the book to others who then, in turn, buy a copy) during the promotional time period that runs from April 23 through June 30.  Then, on July 1, I will randomly select one winner, and will immediately notify them of the good news in an email.  The winner will be awarded a gift card–to anywhere!  Amazon?  Your favorite restaurant?  Your favorite department store?  The choice will be yours!

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The amount of the gift card will be based on the number of overall purchases of The Eye-Dancers during the promo.  For each purchase, $3.00 will be earmarked toward the gift card.  So, for example, if there are thirty purchases during the promotion, the gift card would be for $90 (30 purchases x $3.00 per purchase).  The gift card amount, in other words, will be determined by you!  The more purchases, the higher the amount on the gift card.

Please just remember that if you do purchase The Eye-Dancers during the designated period to make sure and contact me so I can enter your name into the gift-card contest.  (And if you were referred to the book, and this promo, by someone else and then buy a copy of The Eye-Dancers, please let me know who referred you as well.)

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You can buy The Eye-Dancers as an e-book at the following online retail locations . . .

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

and Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg?MixID=nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg&PageNumber=1

 

Or, if you prefer a hardcopy format, the paperback version of The Eye-Dancers is available for purchase  . . .

at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-Michael-S-Fedison/dp/0692262784/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/190-9007348-1553839

and at CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/4920627

I hope you’ll stop by and take a sip from this literary lemonade stand!

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Thanks so much for reading!

–Mike

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. justinaluther
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:28:28

    This is a great post.

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  2. Lee
    Apr 23, 2015 @ 14:54:23

    Thanks for the links. I will be going over to amazon to make a purchase soon.

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  3. Lyn
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 07:20:58

    If anyone is thinking of purchasing The Eye Dancers, I can highly recommend it. If you’re a Sci-Fi fan, you won’t be disappointed. The characters are well rounded, and the plot will keep you guessing. [ this has been an unsolicited infomercial 😀 ]

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  4. jenniferkmarsh
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 07:22:06

    Ooo, you have a hardcopy version of The Eye-Dancers now? I may have to get this at some point! I’m always one for an actual book. Loved your Lemonade story, Mike. Bless you and Rick 😛

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  5. Bruce Thiesen
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:25:06

    Enterprising.

    (I was wondering if the sheet cake was going to be drenched and soggy.)

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  6. Nicki 007
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 12:44:07

    Have a nice weeknd my friend hugs kisses // Nicki

    Reply

  7. Mom
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 13:55:15

    Got mine at Amazon–I’m hoping it includes a recipe for that fabulous looking rainbow cake! Kassie Ritman aka “Mom”

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  8. Mom
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 13:56:08

    Oh, and will I put it on my Goodreads shelf “to read” and review it too? You betcha 🙂

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  9. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 18:07:29

    This was delightful Mike.

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  10. Jilanne Hoffmann
    Apr 25, 2015 @ 06:14:56

    Love the story. I can’t tell you how many times my son has wanted to have a lemonade stand, but something always gets in the way. Good luck with your promotion!

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  11. greyzoned/angelsbark
    Apr 27, 2015 @ 16:10:56

    I love your lemonade stand story! We were so full of big ideas and grand expectations, weren’t we? Ironically, just this morning I woke up thinking about a neighborhood carnival that I was going to throw when I was a kid. Isn’t that interesting timing, me thinking of that and then reading your story?
    Congrats on the Eye Dancers!
    Michele at Angels Bark

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  12. conniecockrell
    Apr 29, 2015 @ 14:03:25

    What a cute story. Good luck with your promotion.

    Reply

  13. lillian
    Apr 30, 2015 @ 13:46:14

    Thanks for the like on Love Madness. Hope you’ll drop by again and take a meander! I’m relatively new to this blogging thing — new to writing poetry too. As my About says, I’ve entered the period of Rejuvenatement — not retirement with little “r”. Many many years older than you….the fun thing here is the “return policy” on blogging. It gives me the opportunity, over my morning cup of coffee, to peruse other sites and discover such amazing posts and people. LOVE this post….especially the decision to offer “Classic and Pink”! Clever clever…and truly a good marketing fob (from a former MBA dean no less)! Hope you’ll stop by again….and wow! Can you share the recipe and “how to make” that amazing cake?? I’ve seen rainbow jello in my days of church potlucks….but never a cake like that! 🙂
    Stop by again, meandering is fun, especially for eye-dancers!
    lillian

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  14. Sherri
    Apr 30, 2015 @ 19:57:59

    What a great story Mike…but my heart goes out to your younger self for the disappointment…made a little easier with all that left-over delicious cake 😉 I love reading your stories as you bring back so many memories of the ‘Americana’ that lives with me and always will 🙂 I wish you the very best with your promotion and hope the sun shines for you as long as you need it to!

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  15. Shelley
    May 03, 2015 @ 19:13:23

    Read it. Enjoyed it. Waiting for the sequel.

    Reply

  16. purpldragon
    May 04, 2015 @ 00:57:51

    Great story. My brother and I tried something similar once we made a total of two dollars.

    Reply

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