My office is filled with swag!…and it’s driving me nuts.
I assure you, I am NOT a neat freak. Notice there are no pictures of my actual desk.
But I have limits.
I am in between conferences so I have bags and bags of goodies that will promote my books at the next conference. In three weeks I will be attending the Lori Foster Reader-Author Get Together outside Cincinnati, Ohio. It’s my fourth year at this con so I am excited about seeing many of the “regulars”, both my author friends and those readers who make the trek every year.
Since RAGT15 is primarily a reader conference with only 100 authors and 400 readers—which sells out within minutes by the way—I need LOTS of swag. I’ll be in the Liquid Silver Boardroom for most of the three-day conference playing Sweet Twisted BINGO, giving a workshop on Social Media, and helping the other LSB authors with their allotted time slot.
I have items to create prizes for the winners of BINGO, like old-fashioned Coke glasses filled with Mentos. Get it? Coke and Mentos is an Explosive Combination…my first book. Do you have any idea how much space those glasses take up?
On top of that, I am partaking in the Charming Authors where each LSB author will be giving away charms to 200 lucky readers. Once their charm bracelets are completed, they can enter to win a Kindle Fire, beautiful jewelry, books, and swag. Luckily, thanks to the wonderful Wendi Zwaduk, I don’t have to store the charms here, but I do have the bookmarks with the instructions.
Then there’s the Brag Book of Awesome Authors where 100 readers will collect cards from the fourteen participating authors, then enter to win prizes. Not only do I have the books themselves, but I also have the cards that go into the front and back covers. Some assembly required.
As with most conferences, authors make baskets to be raffled off, the money going to charity. I have committed to two for the main conference and several for the LSB Boardroom. One will contain Coke and Mentos and the other will promote my Cancun series with Margarita glasses, flip flops, beach ball, and beach related items. Did I mention the wine? Yes, there will also be some of my family’s wine.
I have learned that assembled baskets do not travel well, so I will take the larger baskets with elements separate and put them together on site. But the smaller ones, I’ll complete and pack them in a box.
Last, but certainly not least, I have to take books. I will be selling and signing books on Saturday from 3:00-5:00.
But none of that is for three weeks. Until then, all that swag fills the space beside my desk overflowing into the seating area in my office.
Maybe if I just don’t look in that direction, I won’t see it.
Speaking of swag – COMMENT below and you are entered to some of my swag.
Authors: What do you give away as swag?
Readers: What do you like to get as swag?