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GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-07-2008, 05:04 PM
Have you ever thought of having merchandise for your book?

Like posters, shirts, etc.

I know I have, and I know some books wouldn't have such things because of what they're about.

Please tell me some of your ideas if you would get such things for your book (upon it becoming popular).

Susan Breen
09-07-2008, 05:36 PM
My husband is a trademark lawyer and so when my book came out, he registered for the trademark and his big plan was to have umbrellas emblazoned with The Fiction Class. I don't know why because it doesn't rain in my book, that I recall. Anyway, it didn't happen. I do, however, have book marks.

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-07-2008, 06:04 PM
Haha, that's interesting.

Book marks. Wow. I never thought of that- and how obvious! Haha!

Woodsie
09-07-2008, 06:13 PM
I have a tattoo on my wrist that corresponds with the message of my book (it's nonfiction), so, perhaps I could get my readers to get matching tattoos? ;)

I think T-shirts would be fun.

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-07-2008, 06:15 PM
I have a tattoo on my wrist that corresponds with the message of my book (it's nonfiction), so, perhaps I could get my readers to get matching tattoos? ;)

I think T-shirts would be fun.

What's the message of your book?

Or do I have to read it to find out? :tongue What's it called?

Maryn
09-07-2008, 06:17 PM
As hard as I work on each book, I think I deserve a tattoo of the title in its published font as it appears on the cover--when that happens, anyway. Perhaps on my forehead, so people can't help but ask about it.

Maryn, imagining Brick by Brick over her brows

Mr Flibble
09-07-2008, 06:21 PM
I have a tattoo planned of one of my characters.

Maybe not on my face though :)

I can see branded firelighters being a good tie in lol.

Woodsie
09-07-2008, 06:24 PM
Or do I have to read it to find out?

Exactly. :) I just need an agent and a publisher.

My tattoo is the Hebrew symbol that means grace.

Maryn
09-07-2008, 06:27 PM
Speaking seriously for a moment (me?), consider carefully before you spend much on promotional materials. In the 90s, I attended two genre-specific writing conventions. I picked up bookmarks, pens, fans, scratch pads, even a tote bag. One of the pens happens to fit the spiral in the steno pads I use as grocery lists, so it's been in there for ten years, with occasional vacations when I misplace it. (It always turns up again.)

And I can't tell you the title of a single book whose promotional items I have lying around. Not even the grocery list pen's book. I haven't read a single one.

Maryn, truth-teller

JoeEkaitis
09-07-2008, 07:02 PM
The movie starring Patrick Stewart as the voice of Griff, John Goodman as the voice of Bear and Tim Allen as the voice of Dorian (a mural-painting dragon not seen on the front cover).

The Cartoon Network or Disney Channel animated series.

The Griff, Bear and Dorian action figures (talking and silent).

Dream big, eh?

maestrowork
09-07-2008, 07:09 PM
Bookmarks and postcards. That's about it but they're not merchandises, just promotional items. I don't think merchandising really works unless your book has already reached a certain level of recognition or you've achieved some kind of branding already (like Harry Potter or Jurassic Park). I can't imagine "The Firm" or "Cold Mountain" merchandises would fly off the shelves.

Williebee
09-07-2008, 07:19 PM
Please consider, also, a couple of other things:

Who is the target audience of your book? What do they like and carry around?

and a related question

How are you going to be handing them out/delivering them?
A book about bricklaying pretty much cries for custom labeled trowels or bricks. But if your delivery system is the postal service, it's gonna cost you a fortune.

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-07-2008, 07:26 PM
Please consider, also, a couple of other things:

Who is the target audience of your book? What do they like and carry around?

and a related question

How are you going to be handing them out/delivering them?
A book about bricklaying pretty much cries for custom labeled trowels or bricks. But if your delivery system is the postal service, it's gonna cost you a fortune.

This is more fantasizing on my part, but you make a very good point!

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-07-2008, 07:41 PM
Exactly. :) I just need an agent and a publisher.

My tattoo is the Hebrew symbol that means grace.

Haha, I wish you good luck in that. :)

astonwest
09-07-2008, 11:18 PM
I have bookmarks that I give out which direct folks to my book and my website.

Be wary about anything you might try selling, especially if it has your cover art on it...what with copyright laws and all (unless you own the rights to your cover art, of course).

That being said, I'm still working out the details of my "free disintegrator cannon with every order of 1000 books" plan...which I figure will be a big boon with bookstore owners trying to fend off POD authors.

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-08-2008, 01:30 AM
I have bookmarks that I give out which direct folks to my book and my website.

Be wary about anything you might try selling, especially if it has your cover art on it...what with copyright laws and all (unless you own the rights to your cover art, of course).

That being said, I'm still working out the details of my "free disintegrator cannon with every order of 1000 books" plan...which I figure will be a big boon with bookstore owners trying to fend off POD authors.

Hahaha! Thank you for the good laugh!

Ahem, I wish you nothing but good fortune with your... little plan.

Pagey's_Girl
09-08-2008, 04:01 AM
I have a tattoo planned of one of my characters.

Maybe not on my face though :)

I can see branded firelighters being a good tie in lol.

I read that as "Branded Firefighters" at first. I guess it's a good thing I have my annual eye exam scheduled for the seventeenth...

PattiTheWicked
09-08-2008, 07:18 AM
I have Pirate's Alphabet bookmarks that I give out, and I hand out pirate temporary tattoos when I do a book signing. Kids love them and I get them really cheap at Oriental Trading Company.

My illustrator created a Cafepress shop which has some Pirate's Alphabet stuff on it, and I bought a couple of the coffee mugs because they're just so cute.

Oh, and my mom made me a tote bag with the Summer's Ashes cover on it, which I use when I go grocery shopping... so far only one person has asked me where they can get one just like it :)

Williebee
09-08-2008, 07:29 AM
That being said, I'm still working out the details of my "free disintegrator cannon with every order of 1000 books" plan...

Aston, you get that worked out, count me in for 2K. Ok, probably just the 1K. Once I test fire that thing off in the house, the wife's not going to let me play with another one.

Shadow_Ferret
09-08-2008, 07:29 AM
How are you going to be handing them out/delivering them?
Since it's all for fun anyway, the merchandising would be in every store just like movie merchandising is. The action figures. The video game. Posters. The Halloween costumes. The whole kids room boutique, complete with comforters, sheets, pillow cases, lamps. Not to mention all the Golden Book illustrated children's story releases, coloring books, sticker books.

Woodsie
09-08-2008, 07:33 AM
What about bobble heads?

Matera the Mad
09-08-2008, 08:45 AM
My MC may shrug a lot, but he'll never be a bobblehead. :roll:

I'll have shirts, mousepads, mugs, whatever I feel like cranking out the art for. Some beautiful day.

Priene
09-08-2008, 03:00 PM
In a media-friendly publicity stunt, I'm going to jump off a sandstone cliff.

Priene
09-08-2008, 03:04 PM
Ah, but if the tide is in...

astonwest
09-08-2008, 03:28 PM
Aston, you get that worked out, count me in for 2K. Ok, probably just the 1K. Once I test fire that thing off in the house, the wife's not going to let me play with another one.Test it on her first...I'll go ahead and put you down for 2K.
:)

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), it only works on people. Your house should be fine.
;)

Maryn
09-08-2008, 04:33 PM
Since it's all for fun anyway, the merchandising would be in every store just like movie merchandising is. The action figures. The video game. Posters. The Halloween costumes. The whole kids room boutique, complete with comforters, sheets, pillow cases, lamps. Not to mention all the Golden Book illustrated children's story releases, coloring books, sticker books.Since I write erotica, this is going to get pretty interesting! How many movable parts can an action figure have, anyway?

Maryn, tongue in cheek

GLAZE_by_KyrstinMc
09-08-2008, 11:11 PM
Since I write erotica, this is going to get pretty interesting! How many movable parts can an action figure have, anyway?

Maryn, tongue in cheek

Action figures can get pretty complex, with just about as much movements as a human has, maybe more. :Wha:

Well, to my knowledge, and I don't think those are altogether very common. xD

I'd say average is about 10 joints moving. Both knees, legs, arms, elbows, neck, and torso.

JoNightshade
09-08-2008, 11:29 PM
When I'm fantasizing about getting published, my husband always joins in with "AND ACTION FIGURES!"

Honestly I think I would find action figures of my characters a bit disturbing.

- Dr. Tim with lab coat and chest tube!
- Dr. Tim with massive burns and amputated arm - prosthetic hook included!
- Old Russian guy in wheelchair!
- Small Chinese woman in frumpy clothing!
- Butler - complete detail, including self-inflicted wounds on forearms!

astonwest
09-09-2008, 05:40 AM
Since I write erotica, this is going to get pretty interesting! How many movable parts can an action figure have, anyway?Don't forget the kung-fu action grip! Not to mention anatomical correctness! (No on-purpose rationale for those being in the same post...really!)