My big promotion this year is romance trading cards. You can find all the details at Romance Trading Cards these are a fun idea to get your book info into reader’s hands and get them a paper (inexpensive) item they’ll want to keep. I’ve done many bookmarks in the past but these items often don't last long. One perfect use for paper bookmarks is to sign them and leave them at a friendly local bookstore. For the stores that aren’t so friendly I have no guilt sneaking my bookmarks into similar books. My website info is on all my marks and a picture of my books. I Use Microsoft word to make these and get them printed on card stock, I can fit six on a page. They only cost 35 cents a page at Office Max. I sign them and then self laminate them for a quality promotional that costs me pennies but are more likely to be kept because of the sturdy lamination and signature. Another commando promo is business cards. Every time I go to Wal-mart, I pull out my business card holder and slip pristine cards into books. You can use an old mint container but I like my professional cardholder I bought for a buck on clearance. It’s important to keep your cards looking clean and new. I sign all my cards too, anything to make them more retainable.
I love the people who do the lip balm promos. I think they are wonderful, but it can run you hundreds of dollars. If you want to do these and can make your own stickers you can order balms in any quantity you’d like with plan tubes for twenty-one cents each here Bulk Apothecary. I wish I had the skill to make the stickers. The nice part of doing it this way (if you can make the labels) is that you can order any amount you like. Have a small reading group or local workshop and only want twenty lip balms this is your answer. Most of the time, you have to order in quantities of one hundred or more and that gets very expensive.
You can also make your own buttons and key chains. Go to Michaels craft store and you can make six buttons for two bucks. If you’re crafty, you could make something that relates to your book. I found adorable mini cork board stickers that I’m giving away with my business cards attached and a sticker with my info on the back of the sticker just in case they toss the card without reading it. These cost me about a nickel each from a clearance deal at the craft store and I have 56 of them to give away.
You can get free items (you pay the shipping) from Vistaprints.com. If you pay 1.99 for the free business cards, the vista print logo won’t be on them and you get a good quantity. You can also get bumper stickers, pens, stamps, so many good products for very little dough. I usual order all the freebies and the shipping is roughly twelve dollars for me.
For internet promotion Whip Cream Reviews will trade you an original short story for ad space, Coffee Time Romance will give you an author corner, and if you put their banner ad on your website, you can win free ad space. Keep your eyes open and network. That is the most inexpensive and important part of the puzzle. Social networking and reading your publisher group emails often open the doors to wonderful opportunities. Don’t be afraid to Google what you’re looking for either. Good Luck, thanks for taking the time to read this.
Thanks so much for sharing these promotional tips.
1- I’m afraid of heights.
2- I’m a cheap date.
3- Both my kids have names that start with “A”
4- I hate my day job.
5- I’m a geek.
Can totally agree with #1. How do you relax after a long day at work?
Sadly, writing is my hobby. I go from one job to another lol. I just wished I enjoyed the day job as much as I enjoy writing. When I start to feel burned out I will take a movie night or relax in the bubble bath with a good book.
Love movies and a relaxing bubble bath with a good book sounds nice. What is your preferred type of book to read for leisure?
Paranormal, urban fantasy, or science fiction romance or erotica, sci-fi erotica is my guiltiest of pleasures.
As Madison Edwards is walking home one night, she finds herself face-to-face with strange creatures—aliens. They kidnap her and sell her into slavery. Out of place and alone, she struggles to understand the alien world where she’s being held captive. Her feelings about her new master are conflicted, and she’s torn between wanting to go home and wanting to fulfill all his desires.
Spontaneous and out-of-character, Jul purchases a rare human female at the market. Her people are known to have mystical sexual powers. He believes the tales are only myth until he has Madison in his home, and she soon consumes his life. She’s valuable, magical, and he fears he can’t protect her. His friends complicate the situation when they become involved, but they also offer him hope.
When everyone on the planet desires what you value most, it takes more than love to protect her.
Where can readers find your book?
The book is available from Beachwalk Press Purchase Link for Slaves to His Desires
Ashlynn, thank you so much for guesting today and sharing your promotional tips and about you and your book. I enjoyed chatting with you.
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Large, soulless eyes lurked in the darkness. They watched the girl walking down the damp, deserted alley. The human girl was average height for her species, with light reddish brown hair, big thoughtful eyes, and an expressive face—the look always sold well. She’d be perfect for the wealthy world of Alburion. Her posture was tired, and she seemed distracted. She’d left a place of creativity, emotion, this was just the kind of human they needed. An easy target, this lean girl brought a smile to his face because she’d bring money to his pockets.
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Madison Edwards’s legs ached from hours of dance practice. She wanted to get home. Her freshman year of college challenged her far more than she’d anticipated. Homework awaited her. Several grades needed to improve, as she wanted to travel during the summer with her dance troupe. She needed to pass all of her courses to avoid the necessity of summer school. Sticking to her long time goals and plans meant everything to her.
Something strange in the sky stopped her train of thought, and she gazed up curiously. She’d never seen anything like it. If she wasn’t a sane and rational woman she’d almost think it was a UFO, but aliens didn’t exist. Without warning, light surrounded her, enveloping her in a circle so bright it blinded her for a few moments.
Suddenly a terrible creature stepped out of the shadows and into the light with her. She tried to run, but the brilliant rays caged her in as if they were solid. Impossible yet horrifyingly true, she stood trapped by a force beyond her imagination. A very tall, hairy creature with many black eyes blinked at her before it grabbed her arms, using a painful pressure of pincher-like hands. No sound registered in the alley, the light trapped everything within its snare, but she screamed and struggled until finally the light consumed her and her captor.