While thinking about my upcoming release, THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS, in just over two months (eek!), I'm researching swag to give to readers.
First of all, who knew the title of my novel would narrow this down for me? I certainly didn't plan it that way BUT it's turning out to be very helpful.
I will want a launch party on a Thursday, for sure. That's a given EXCEPT there's one tiny problem. My novel releases on August 13, 2014, which is a Wednesday. I'm torn between having the FB launch on that Wednesday or having it the next day, which is also my birthday. I think it's important to have sales the first day so I may need to stick with Wednesday. But I'll have another launch party on a Thursday when the print books come out.
Secondly, I'm looking for all things coconut! I've found coconut-flavored coffee, scrubs, and soaps for gift baskets and give-aways and am also researching some other fun things. I'll let you know when it's all finalized.
I found some coconut cups similar to those mentioned in THURSDAYS AT COCONUTS. They look a little cheap (plastic) but I may order them anyway because they're so darn cute. Look at the cover above. There's a drink served in a coconut cup--all mixed drinks are. I also found palm tree/coconut pens. The only problem is they aren't imprinted. I suppose I could make labels... I'll order some first to see how they look.
Since I have hippies in my novel, I could incorporate some peace signs and tie-dye. See, how fun this is? And I have a wedding planner, so I could have some romantic give-aways and did order some for my daughter's wedding that weren't used so I'm set with those. There's a lot to consider.
How about you? Do you tie in with your title or the theme of your book? You should! That gives you a starting point and just makes sense. Think outside the box when it comes to author swag. Of course, I still think bookmarks are always handy, and business cards are a must. What are some unique author swag items you've seen?