Q: I’m an author with promotional items. Is there a Goody Room? Attendee bags?
A: Yes. Please contact MMPromo@georgiaromancewriters.org. We are going green this year, so please no bookmarks or flyers. All other items are welcome for our Goody Table or attendee bags. If you have any questions about what we will accept, please contact our promotions coordinator.
Wha…? No Bookmarks…?
Now, who’s bright idea was That?! Oh… hang on… that was after last year’s, wasn’t it?
You got some ‘splainin’ to do here WriterMason….Authors with digitally published books don’t HAVE books for to give away in the Goody Room!
Yes, I see that. Now….
So, please read my attempt to make it up to you authors with Bookmarks. It really had the best of intentions behind it:
Oh… the lowly, lovely Bookmark.
Is there any other item more identified with the book – ebook or treebook ? More closely allied, marking our spot where we must turn away from the world in which we have chosen to immerse ourselves to go to the day job? For yes, even the ereader calls it a “bookmark” – that tab at the upper corner of the page.
It serves the dual purpose of functioning as the author’s business card, with pictures of other books, contact information, and taglines.
Truly, a piece of cardboard that is a wonderful thing, for no slip of scrap paper, no handy envelope, no becharmed ribbon offers as much utility as the Bookmark.
And yet, others continue to attempt to improve upon your function…. To make you into a postcard, or coverflat, or a trading card. All lovely items, yes… but still we return to the tried and the true, the most basic of all rectangular pieces of cardstock.
Others have tried to eradicate you, maligned you, crumpled you up and discarded you in the bowels of the junk drawer or worse – thrown you to the dustbunnies beneath the nightstand.
Buried you in the TBR pile of books that grows exponentially with each trip to that oasis of oblivion – the bookstore.
And yet, you shine. You soldier on, undeterred and unwavering in our pursuit of happiness through the portals of books’ imaginations.
Friends! Authors! Facebook Countrymen! Lend me your ears!
The Bookmark …
The M&M Promotions Chair has sent down this edict:
Be ye noted that: while postcards, coverflats, and trading cards are generally surplus paper that generally gets discarded at the end of conferences and
Be ye noted that: bookmarrks generally function as business cards as well as function according to their stated purpose, that being to mark one’s place in one’s book…
And be ye noted that in the efforts to save our planet, to guard against more surplus waste, to save authors’ promotional dollars, and to prevent more reasons to blame greenhouse gases and global warming on the loss of more trees,
BOOKMARKS SHALL AND WILL BE ALLOWED… NAY, WELCOMED ENTHUSIASTICALLY AND WITH MUCH WARMTH… INTO THE MOONLIGHT&MAGNOLIAS CONFERENCE GOODY ROOM!
WHILE OTHER ITEMS SUCH AS POSTCARDS AND TRADING CARDS AND COVERFLATS SHALL BE
but if you put ‘em in the bags yourself … what can I say?
VIVA LA BOOKMARK!