Everyone who attended the RWA National Conference in Atlanta was given lots of book promotional freebies. But will those freebies convince you to buy a book, or were they a waste of perfectly good loblolly pines?
Personally, I’ll be keeping all the books. Carla asked Southern Magic members to bring books we don’t want to the next meeting to be divided into bags and re-gifted at our reader’s luncheon in November. Dutifully I went through the stacks from Atlanta, sure I would find five or six I would never read...but all of them look too good! This is an effective (and, I might add, very sneaky) way for multi-published authors to get me hooked and convince me to buy their entire backlists.
I also keep bookmarks, because they’re so pretty (except mine, which used a too-low art resolution, so the hero & heroine look like they’re surrounded by gnats. Sex-y!) and because I need them. I tend to read five books at a time. Lately my life has turned into a performance of Short Attention Span Theater--but that’s another blog entry.
My favorite trinket (I can’t spell tchotchke) is the notepad with the magnet on the back. A Julie Leto book is helping me keep track of my grocery list right now. Before that, it was Tanya Michaels. My favorite trinket would be chocolate, but I'm no longer advocating stapling chocolate to business cards. I got chocolate in Atlanta. It had melted and re-hardened and turned a little white. I thought really, really hard about eating it anyway.
And everything else went into circle file.
What about you? As a reader, what promotional giveaways do you find effective?