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Journal 2 copy          GIFTS

Last week I held a little giveaway on Facebook, awarding this red leather journal to the third person who signed up for my new quarterly email newsletter (see the first edition of that newsletter here) telling about what’s happening in my writing life. This generated a bit of excitement among my friends—a dozen of them responded by clicking this link and filling in the simple form with name and email addy. The journal has been sent to the winner, but so many nonwinners expressed disappointment that I ordered a couple more for future giveaways. In this way I’m slowly building my list and am mindful of not abusing the trust of my subscribers; I promise them I’ll write only four times a year (or when I have exciting news). That’s their gift to me—a listening ear. Everyone needs an audience, right?

A regular email list, I am told, is what convinces publishers to take on new books. And I have a book to publish (my second novel–read more about it in my newsletter)! I chose the specific giveaway item of this red journal because it suits the plot of my novel (now in the hands of my literary agent). The manuscript’s working title is  The Red Journal (though who knows what the official title will be!); the Victorian anchor and compass symbols on the gift hint at elements of my plot.

People love to receive gifts, but I’ve been realizing how much I love to give gifts! So I’ve decided to make a habit of ensuring that my newsletter recipients are rewarded. The first thing I give all my subscribers is an e-copy of Wet Thaw, a little collection of two award-winning short stories—so if YOU would like a taste of my writing style, sign on up! Then I also plan to give all those on my subscription list a chance to receive some special treat (postage on me)—a signed copy of one of my books, maybe, or a frame-worthy piece of original artwork, or a vintage item that speaks about a character’s personality. I’m having FUN dreaming up possible items that would delight my readers.

What would YOU like to see in my “giveaway” box? Feel free to offer me ideas in the comments below.

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13 Comments

  1. Heather Arnelien
    Posted April 25, 2016 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Hi Deb! I’m excited to read your upcoming novel! I’m curious as to the music tastes of your characters! They do have music tastes, right? So, how about a cd of their favorite artist, or a cd that is popular where your characters live?

    • Posted April 25, 2016 at 8:33 am | Permalink

      EXCELLENT idea, Heather! I’m going to put that into my “gifts” file and think about what cd would be the perfect expression of MDM, a delightful character that has very specific tastes.

  2. Talitha Murengi
    Posted April 25, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    A characters favorite food or treat! Like some delicious coffee or chocolate 😉

    Something from the country they are from or where the book setting is.

    • Posted April 25, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink

      Talitha, this is wonderful! Yes, several exotic ideas come immediately to mind, as the setting is very diverse . . . oooh, my thinker-upper is thinking up! Thanks!

  3. Posted April 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I always vote for chocolate and since we have at least one chocolatier here in Alberta …

  4. Erin DeOrnellas Tran
    Posted May 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I would love a collection of your favorite recipes.

    • Posted May 3, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

      That’s pretty interesting, Erin. I HAD thought about sending a classic soup cookbook (like, by Jamie Oliver or someone), but I could personalize it. Thanks!

  5. Erin Tran
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate is always a good idea!

    • Posted May 5, 2016 at 6:14 am | Permalink

      Oh yes, Erin–so true! In fact, as one of my friends above has said, we have some wonderful made-in-Alberta chocolate that would be a wonderful gift.

  6. Lynn Krivak
    Posted May 5, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Deb…Wet Thaw was a delightful read. As always, full of description which takes the reader on a pleasurable journey. You paint my imagination with your well chosen words. Always delightful to read anything from you whether it is 5 lines or over 300 pages. Thank you once again Lynn

    • Posted May 5, 2016 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Lynn, what a lovely endorsement of Wet Thaw—thanks!

      • Lynn Krivak
        Posted May 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

        My pleasure Deb. What a treat to have great Canadian authors such as yourself to share your talent among others.

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