Excited as a bag of frogs as my second lot of merchandising arrives for Witch on the Warpath. Now able to supply tote bags, T-shirts, mugs and fridge magnets via my e-commerce site. Of course, if you're local, postage need not apply.
Unfortunately, there's been a slight hiccup in my supplies. It was suggested by a fellow author that having freebies to give away at book sales might be a good way of extending sales. Things like book marks are a good idea, they said. Caught up with this vision I researched it on various sites and finally contacted my merchandise supplier JJ. She came up with a brilliant idea, magnetic book marks with the cover image front and back. Modern and trendy and very now, for virtually the same price as card ones.
Fuelled up on the idea, I ordered a quantity, pleased with the mock-ups provided. You know the phrase ' all good things...' Well, sadly for JJ she missed that fact that she'd printed these double-sided bookmarks in reflection. So we have one side with the writing round the right way, the other side back to front. She's been great about it and not charged me and at very least they'll be a talking point at signings. I'll see how they go, maybe make it part of my original design, if they sell. "Yes of course I decided to produce them like this..."
I'm planning to take all of this stock to Novacon in, you've guessed it, November. Its a big literary Sci-Fi Conference and I'm hoping I might gather some interest from my target audience.
Meanwhile, I've received more positive feedback regards Aquasapien, with requests for a follow-up book. Aqua took a lot out of me and I gave it all I had - at the time- not sure whether I have enough vibes going to compile a second, but I'll try. It's great because I haven't sold many copies so the feedback I'm getting from members of the public is very valuable. I hope there's a publisher reading to this. LOL.
Another positive, a local shop in Broadstairs has agreed to stock Witch on the Warpath. Free copy for the person who finds out which shop.