Swag and You!
First of all, I want to thank everyone who weighed in on the initial post. It really helped me get a better handle on what it is I want to do. You guys are awesome!
So, for the uninitiated: I’ve been getting questions about the availability of paper swag for a while, now, ranging from requests for bookmarks and postcards to questions about how readers can get my signature on their books (the answer is, of course, a bookplate!). Unfortunately, I am not Scrooge McDuck (holler, 90s kids), so I can’t produce and send these things off the way I’d like to, which would be liberally, at no cost to readers.
After reading your comments and discussing the matter with friends, I’ve come up with the following compromise:
1. SASE. In the next week or so I’m going to sign up for a P.O. box where anyone can send a self addressed stamped envelope which I shall return full of swag.
2. Bi-monthly giveaways, which will give people (including international readers) the chance to win free swag.
Unfortunately, I think opening a PayPal account for postage would be a little too complicated (I don’t need even more tax stuff to worry about, thanks!), and it still feels too much like accepting money, to me. I figure we’ll try the compromise for a few months and see how popular (or not) the program is.