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Posted: 4/11/2013 9:17:32 PM

RE:MCA Ideas

Hi John,

A couple questions for you:

#1 was your bath water hot - warm - or cold?

#2 what does it cost to print one hundred copies of your books?

I couple quick things ran thru my head reading your suggestion - which I agree is an excellent idea, but with some challenges. Who print$ them, who $it$ at a table to $ell them?

As you well know - in the recent issues of the Clipper the newsletter editor has taken items (stories and pictures) directly from the web site and placed them into the Clipper!!  This could be a conduit we already have that could be shared with those who choose not to use the website.  One of the challenges I want to explore with him is to insure that the web site and the web site authors (and contact information) might also be available in the printed medium do give credit to the weiter and to promote the web site.

For those of us who read every post three times, it makes the Clipper boring reading but for the vast majority, it is new hot stuff!!

BTW - there is another Massey web site out there that I have noticed has borrowed some of our nice pics and placed them on their web site as well.  We must be doing something right!!

Keep them coming John - AND OTHERS.

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Posted: 4/11/2013 9:33:16 PM

RE:MCA Ideas

Just so you don't think all these ideas are falling on deaf ears ...

Although I missed the MCA Board teleconference on Tuesday night, I did share with the board about John's idea of having an internet membership.  A fee would be charged to those interested and they would have access to the website but they would not recieve the newsletter, notices or other correspondence sent to regular members.  We will continue to pursue that idea and think about its pros and cons.  These membership fees could go directly into the web site maintenance account to help offset its costs.

We are also currently working with the web designer to get the PayPal button up for folks to renew their memberships on the web site.  At this point it would be available to only those who do not belong to a chapter but we will be working on that as well.  There probably will be a fee associated with it use (3%) to offset the PayPal costs.  We might have to do a test on a couple of UK memberships to discover if there are foreign charges associated with Paypal, as well.  I am not sure about that situation. Maybe someone out there already knows.

Although we are slow we do listen and continue to make MCA useful to all our members.  It is tough when we only meet about four times a year but we try!!

Any and all ideas are welcome.


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Posted: 4/12/2013 2:15:31 AM

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The bath was hot when I got in but pretty cool when I got out as I was reading a Wilbur Smith thriller!  That's the advantage of a bath over a shower - you can read in it!

Have no idea what it would cost to print 100 of my books.  But I know it would be very expensive.  Remember there is the binding and transport on top.  Normally publishers do minimum print runs of 2000 or so to make the job viable but maybe as few as 1000 for a reprint.

Who prints them?  This would of course have to be worked out - maybe a new MCA officer to take this on.  MCA would have to fund it in the first instance but a costing needs working through obviously to see if the idea is viable.

Who sells them - well MCA members at shows who I currently often see sat in tents and could be selling a memorabilia range for MCA.  And small traders like (maybe) S and S, Terry Kessel, Jack etc etc if you can interest them.  I don't think we have an MCA memorabilia activity yet and this does need developing - so this links in.  Other clubs have quite remunerative memorabiia activities which certainly contribute to club funds.

Which is the other Massey web site using our pics?  Are they within the MCA fold?  Need to watch out for copyright issues

Keep thinking!!!!!


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