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. :D

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12 Comments

  1. Haylie Langwald
    Feb 27, 2012

    So for us non-US citizens, how much will I need to put on a SASE to send you?

  2. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Feb 27, 2012

    That’ll be the tricky bit, and I’ll have to look into some resources to help people out with that. You’re Canadian, right? Just to give you an idea, I plugged a random Canadian province (Alberta) into the calculator at usps.gov, and it came out to about $.85. Basically, what you pay to ship the envelope to me is the same postage you’d have to put on the envelope itself so that I could ship it back.

  3. Haylie Langwald
    Feb 27, 2012

    Good random choice as I live in Alberta lol. I’m just worried that you’ll have to pay more depending what gets put in the envelope. For example, I can send you a wedding invitation for the price of a regular stamp but if it has any embellishments or is thicker than normal, I have to put on more postage. Of course, it could be completely different in the states!

  4. Lori
    Feb 27, 2012

    That’s so wonderful, Lia! Thank you so much for being so thoughtful of all your fans :-)

  5. Alyssa Albrecht
    Feb 27, 2012

    This is quite exciting. i love the P.O Box idea i deffently gonna be sending to it!!! by the way i just got my package from the contest. im so happy!!!

  6. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Feb 29, 2012

    Yay, glad it got there! :D

  7. Brandy Swain
    Mar 9, 2012

    Sounds great! I love to be able to send swag along with book giveaways I do on my blog.

  8. miss beth
    Mar 22, 2012

    I just wanted to tell you, Miss Lia, that I just finished _Dearly, Departed_ and found it a-may-zing! I don’t know where you came up with all of your ideas (the whole Victorian future is seriously awesome) but the way you describe everything makes it seem disturbingly possible. Strong work on this novel and I can’t wait for the sequel!

  9. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Mar 23, 2012

    Thank you! I do hope you enjoy the sequel – I’m working on it as I type. (Well, not literally.) :D

  10. Michelle
    May 9, 2012

    Great idea! I’ll be sure to send one!

  11. Anaëlle Ferrand
    Sep 10, 2012

    Hi Lia,
    did you sign up for a P.O Box? If so, what is the adress?

    Thanks :-)

  12. Miss Habel
    Miss Habel
    Sep 11, 2012

    Not yet! A lot of things got away from me because I was ill earlier in the year. I’ll get on it soon. :D

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