The October trip for GayRomLit needs more prep work than just finding airfares and hotel rooms. High on the to-do list is creating goodies for giving away, both at the conference and elsewhere.
Trading cards — there will be games and prizes associated with collecting them. One side will be novel covers, the other sides are character info, although “batting average” here could mean something very different than on a baseball card. I have pictures that personify Kurt and Jake to me. Mark, too. Allan’s a bit of a challenge: so far, the only one I’ve found who looks like the Allan in my mind’s eye is a famous person. Back to the picture sites!
That will be fun, but I’d like to have something unique and useful to keep me green in readers’ memories. The trick is to not break the bank doing it. If money were no object (hey, I can dream) it would be easy. Someone’s already doing mousepads, and there is a limit to how many bookmarks a reader of ebooks really needs. All my really good ideas get frightening when scaled up to 300-500 units.
So, charming readers, help me out here. Aside from pens, what could I give you that would bring a smile or a kind thought three days later, instead of a muffled grumble that I’ve just cluttered up your desk? I solemnly promise not to use a logo that will embarrass you if your SO picks it up. A lip balm? A screen cleaner? Mugs would become a transport issue. Forget all that and write a story exclusively for the attendees?