Wednesday, May 20, 2015


When I started writing years ago, I believed that writers just wrote, got their stuff published, and could just keep on writing with nothing more. 

I've learned better.  We need to tell people about what we've written! 

As I mentioned last week, I'm still involved with my delightful blog tour, a Great Escapes Virtual Tour.

I also held a Facebook launch party for my new May release BITE THE BISCUIT, the first Barkery & Biscuits Mystery.  It was fun--and I also gave away books as prizes.  But not only books.  I wanted to give away a little bit of swag--not a lot, but something fun.   

I've been doing that with my other new mystery series as well, the Superstition Mysteries.  It's not hard to figure out things to give away with those stories:  things that are lucky!  Four-leaf clover charms and heads-up pennies and ladybug charms and other things representing good luck are available all over. 

For the Barkery books I decided to give away some small charms that are about dogs, as well as a few doggy treats.  I didn't bake them myself but bought most of them from special gourmet displays in pet stores.  I didn't have time to bake anything, for one thing, and I also need to do some experimentation one of these days so I can act a bit more like Carrie Kennersly, my Barkery protagonist, who's an excellent creator and baker of dog treats.

That's a fun thing about cozy mysteries.  Many of them have themes, like cooking and handcrafts--and, of course, pets.  It's not always easy to decide what items represent them best, but it's definitely fun to think about it! 

Any further ideas for me?


Betty Hechtman said...

Your launch party sounds like fun. I bet everybody loved the things you gave out.

Monica Ferris said...

When I was a kid, I loved those black Scottie and white Westie dog magnets. I liked them so much that I told myself one day I'd have a Scottie - and I did! He was a great dog. Are those magnets still around? They weren't expensive and they are memorable, if you can find them.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I received some delightful thank-yous, Betty, so I do think the prizes were well-received.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'll have to look for those magnets, Monica. They sound like a great give-away.