Finally, I did it. I finally got another business card. I have not had a business card announcing what I do, since sometimes around 2003 when I closed The Harvey Law Firm, A Professional Corporation.
During the last 17 years, I have been reluctant to take on another business venture and brand it with my own style. Just didn’t want the hassle of being officially in business or working at a trade – the writer’s trade – albeit is a trade I enjoy and had yearned, as a youngster to pursue.
Dabbing my fingers here and there as a writer, author and publisher gives me a sense of independence, which is something I wanted after spending nearly two decades defending the criminally accused and the negligently injured members of my community.
Cyn has been after me for quite some time to get business cards to tell the world that I am a writer and published author.
I resisted, settling instead to whip out a copy of a 4 by 6 inch flyer bearing the cover of my latest book.
After all, these flyers for Paper Puzzle and Justice in the Round, contained the pertinent information, therefore, name, cellular number, email and website address, in addition to displaying advertising for the book.
“Why not,” the practical side of me thought, as I handed out my 4 by 6 inch flyer to those who asked for a business card.
Each time I did so, I never failed to miss the frown on the faces of those who asked for a business card. In spite of the fact no one I handed the book cover to ever called or emailed me, I was loathe to admit that Cyn was right. I needed a business card to hand out to the public when I was at book festivals or speaking on panel discussions with other authors.
Then too, seldom did I get calls for legal business from the people I handed a Harvey Law Firm card. The business tended to come from other advertisement sources.
Well, finally, I went out and ordered a box of snazzy business cards announcing to the world, that I am publisher at Cascade Publishing House. It is my goal to make Atlanta, Georgia a player in the world of book publishing, like L. A. Reid and Babyface Edmonds did in placing Atlanta in the middle of the music scene.
It is doable. In the early days of Atlanta Hip-Hop, when it seemed there was no way it would happen,The Harvey Law Firm repped music producer Dallas Austin in what may have been one of his first music contracts and the songwriter, Roy Murray for the lyrics he wrote for the Silk hit, Freak Me.
Now that I have business cards, I am looking forward to seeing if those frowns turn into phone calls and emails inquiring about the services we offer at Cascade Publishing House. I am looking forward to seeing Atlanta competing with New York in the world of book publishing.
Here goes! I am giving it the good old Harvey try. Please join me. Allow me help you write and publish that interesting book that has been burning inside of you and yearning to see the light of day.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round, edited Easier to obtain Than to Maintain: The Globalization of Civil Rights by Charles Steele, Jr.; and the host of Beyond the Law with Harold Michael Harvey. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com.