With the New Adult Sleepover Weekend event coming up in December as my first big signing, the topic of swag has been on my mind quite a bit lately. Aside from getting my next book beat into submission, I'm spending quite a bit of time online, trying to pin down what kind of swag I want to hand out. I want something creative, something that people will enjoy and not automatically toss in the trash, but I also have to take into consideration costs. I've come up with some great ideas, but I may have to chuck some of them, just so I don't break the bank.
I attended an author signing in Phoenix this weekend, and aside from being excited about meeting the authors (my SIL told me I was like a kid in a candy shop), and getting signed copies of their books, I was also really looking forward to what kind of swag they were handing out to see if they could help me generate some ideas. Here's some of what I saw:
|Bags, bracelets, and bottle-cap magnets.|
|Probably the most creative piece of swag I saw - a drumstick with purchase.|
|Chapstick, tattoos, promo cards and buttons. I also got a cook stylus pen from Mr. Wilder for buying so many copies.|
|Buttons and pens. I'm a huge fan of pens, because I like to write stuff out long-hand.|
|I really liked this one, because it included something tied directly to the book with the Golden Ticket. |
Plus, awesome guitar picks with character names on them.
|Bracelet, a hockey puck stress ball (again, a tie-in with the story) and cool bookplates.|
|Candy, bookmarks,and a bookplate with all the books on it.|
|I loved this teaser for Convicted, which has yet to come out. And I couldn't resist the I <3 Tony button, because, despite him being a sick and twisted bastard, I really do love Tony.|
|These archer's bracelets Chelsea fine gave out were sweet, and they match the book!|
|And bookmarks and cute little charms that tie into the book.|
I know I picked up a few more items, but some are probably still in my purse or hanging out between the pages of the many books I bought.
The main point is, I saw a lot of cool stuff, and was able to generate even more ideas of what I may want to hand out for my own swag.
So, here's my discussion topic, both for readers and writers:
What kind of swag is your favorite?
Have you ever received anything that just blew you away or really impressed you?
And, because I can't do a post about giving out swag without actually having swag to give out, here's your chance to get some NA Alley swag: I have, up for grabs, an NA Alley T-shirt (men's cut, Size L) and an NA Alley pen. Enter the rafflecopter below.
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The winner will be announced next week! Thanks for sharing your ideas!