I recently had the opportunity to attend an author event in Milwaukee, WI and found myself enthralled by the variety of SWAG items that were offered. I suppose I'm paying closer attention to these things since I'll be attending the River City Book Bash 2015, as a signing author, in July (Cincinnati, OH) so I'm looking for things that would be good to add to my giveaway list. I'm also working on a gift basket for the event that will be raffled off.
The thing that amazes me is the wide array of price ranges for these items. As an Indie Author, I want to be able to provide some unique items but not break the bank at the same time. With the help of my fellow author, Riann Leigh and a couple of great friends, we have been scouring the net for the perfect things. What are some of the things you like to get when you attend an event?
While I'm taking a moment to discuss SWAG, let me just say that I was thrilled to get a signed copy of a Terry Spear book as part of the luncheon SWAG, among other things. Sharing lunch with this author was a fantastic experience. She's an amazingly interesting woman and I was honored to have the opportunity to sit at her table. If you haven't already, be sure to check out her books and give them a read.
Also in attendance was Damon Suede. His book, Hot Head, is a must read! I actually met him for the first time a few years ago in Kansas City and immediately found myself drawn to the cover of Hot Head and to Damon, himself. He has a great sense of presence and a wonderful conversationalist. I also noticed that his gift basket that was being raffled off contained an abundance of tickets. Everybody wanted what he was giving away. If memory serves me right, there was a Kindle tucked in among the items. SWEET!
Thanks to Barbara Vey for hosting this fabulous event/luncheon that not only gave fans an opportunity to interact with some of the best authors, but also managed to raise $10,074 for the American Cancer Society. I definitely plan to attend again next year.
No trip to Milwaukee would be complete without visiting the life-size statue of "The Fonz" so "Hannah" had an opportunity to discuss life on the riverfront with him. Thanks for Laura Therault for her eye behind the camera.