Lesson # 21: Creating “Swag” Or Things To Give Away

My Dear Future Readers,

Yes, today I will talk about “swag.” I wanted to talk about it for a while now but I didn’t know how. But now, I know how.

Swag is bookmarks, postcards, rack cards, banners, mugs and other such things that have an author’s logo on it.

Now that you know what “swag” is, let’s talk more about it.  Okay, so, I am a new author which means that I have no idea at all how to create my own promotional author things. But, that does not mean that I can’t try.

Yes, I want my readers to have more than just books. I decided if I’m going to do this publication right and be a success I need some things to giveaway. I did a little research and I found a website that I could use. This is EXCITING for you too. I will be making some things for you. I don’t know what I’ll make yet but this is a very interesting idea that I’m planning on using. I will be using a website called Vista Print.

Soon, I plan on getting some things from it. I love you all so much. I really do. I believe that “swag” is a personal mark of the author who is communicating with their reader on a deeper level. That is what I want. I want to find new ways to let my readers know how much I appreciate them for staying with me. This is not an easy road but I don’t plan to stop.

I haven’t ordered anything from them yet but I do plan on it. I have been seriously considering ordering postcards, bookmarks and pens, maybe even sticky notes. Yes, that website has a lot of things. They are all so attractive to me. Especially when I customized them.

I want them ALL. But I can’t have everything. So, I’ll have to choose. It is so hard to choose. One of these days when I’m not overwhelmed by life, I will buy some swag. I don’t want to be the only author who doesn’t have things to giveaway. That would truly be embarrassing.

Still, I am still getting used to the fact that my book is actually published. Yes, I finally did it and made my dream come true. Now, I need to get on that site and really start ordering. There might be a few things that I want to do with it like book signings.

Plus, I want to still do an online release party for my readers (maybe it’s not too late) I have been postponing it for a while but a celebration is in order. In fact it is long overdue. It’s almost a month since the book was published.  Oh my goodness!!! I did not realize it until now.

A party is definitely in order. I need to order that swag. My goodness, there’s so much to do. I can’t believe it’s almost a one month anniversary!!!!

I’ll let you know about that site when I actually order. So far, they have a lot of sales, that’s all I know.

Look for: Received Swag, sometime this month.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author

 

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My FIRST Five Star Review

My Dear Future Readers,

I got my first 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟FIVE STAR REVIEW !!! It feels amazing!! I sold my first paperback yesterday!! Yes, Paperbacks ARE AVAILABLE on Amazon right now. You can order paperback and kindle if you go to my new page: Published Books by Diana Rose.

I’m so excited that my first book was published. I have been waiting for years for this. It feels like a dream come true.  I am so thankful that I now have a review on my book. I really hope for more reviews but it will never compare to the feeling when I got my first review. I worked hard for this book to come out and I want to thank Dmitry Belenky LMHC for recognizing that.

This book has taken a long time to publish as you know because I have been sharing every step in my journey with you. And to receive a five star review was so moving to me, I cried because I am grateful to the one person who truly believed in my dream. Back then, all I knew was that I needed to get this story out and now I can see that hard work did not go to waste  because I have a five star review.

You can’t imagine how much I am thankful for that one review. How much I am thankful for all the people who downloaded and bought paperbacks.  I really feel like I’m doing something right. That one review made me feel like I am finally getting the recognition I waited for all this time.

My future readers and those who are now reading my book, Book 1: Forbidden Love, thank you. Leave reviews and tell me what you think about my book. I wrote that book, my first book, came straight from my heart. It is a story I believe in with all my heart. I believe that true love is real and it is magical. Love can do amazing things and I believe that if you see that in my book, it will change you and your ideas about love. I just want you to see that there is magic in that one emotion.

I love this story and I hope that you will love it too and share your thoughts with me. I know I made you wait for a long time and I am sorry but people say that all good things are worth the wait. I truly hope that for you, waiting for my book and finally reading it was worth the wait.

To be honest,  I didn’t read it myself and to me, reading my own book seems strange because I know I will find something that wasn’t done. So, I ask that you but my book and read it and please tell me what you think.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. I thank you all for your infinite support.

Yours Truly,

Diana Rose

YA Fantasy Romance Published Author