I have reached another milestone in my life – I attended my first convention!
Romanticon was a blast! Meeting the wonderful authors, readers, editors and Ellora’s Cave staff members was so much fun – it was one wild, ultra-friendly group of romance loving people. I’m thrilled that I met in person many of the authors I’ve been getting to know on the internet over the last year. There was a ton of hugging and laughing and partying going on!
I also learned a great deal, especially about promo and marketing. The general consensus is:
Paper items end up in the trash. If you are doing book marks, it is better to advertise your name and website instead of doing individual ones for each book.
Pens are great because they travel. How many times have you left one someplace or picked one up that didn’t belong to you?
Magnets, nail files, rulers, drink cozies and key chains are extremely popular – think useful!
Readers LOVE book trailers! The Voyeur Lounge was a room set up with tables and chairs and a screen where trailers played all day. I stopped in there many times during the weekend, and there were always people watching and jotting notes down. I heard readers saying they preferred ones that clearly displayed the cover, title and author’s name – can I give a BIG shout out to Fran for her incredible creations!!
Contests – keep them coming! People love winning or the prospect of winning free stuff. They don’t, however, like ones that are overly complicated.
I can’t wait until Romanticon 2010! It’s already scheduled for October 8th through 10th.