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Writing Conference In Need of Promo Items

My local writing group, GRRWG, needs promo and swag (Stuff We All Get) for their 1st annual  “I Always Wanted to Write a Book” conference to fill the attendees’ goody bags. GRRWG is a multi-genre group, so they’d love items from all varieties of fiction. So send us your promo for your horror, your thrillers, your mysteries, your fantasies, and your romances.

Here’s more information:

GRAND RAPIDS REGION WRITERS GROUP is seeking swag (books, bookmarks, pens, calendars, gift certificates, all inclusive trips to exotic locales, etc.) for our “I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book” conference Oct.22 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Our Keynote will be the fabulous Jacqueline Carey, author of the blockbuster fantasy novels Kushiel’s Dart, Santa Olivia, Naamah’s Kiss and many more.  We expect between 80-100 attendees, but anything you send would be greatly appreciated and will be used in goody bags and raffles.

Please send items NO LATER THAN October 8th to:

Chris Allen-Riley
1444 Jennette Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Please mark somewhere on the box GRRWG and make sure no signature is required for delivery.

For more information about the conference, please email Cheryl Sterling at  or visit our webpage at



Attention All Authors! I need your swag!

I’m putting together a workshop about promo adequately titled EYE-CATCHING PROMO–Cheap, Unique and Utterly Chic. If you’re like me, you’re on a really restrictive budget and  sometimes have to rely on your own creativity to get your name out there. Because of said creativity, I am now known as the “Shrinky Dink Chick”. I made bookmarks with Shrinky Dink charm adorned tassels. It was fun and a heck of a lot cheaper than buying actual  charms. Trust me, I priced charms. Some came up to almost $2.00 per charm. Uh, sorry… don’t think so. Then, while Googling promo ideas, I discovered a forum about Shrinky Dinks. A guy had used printable shrink paper to make key-chains. I then realized that printing and baking my own Shrinky Dink key-chains was tons cheaper than buying them from a promo item website.

Anyway, I digress. What I’d like is other authors to showcase their own cheap/unique/interesting promo items (including romance trading cards). I’m looking for 20-40 pieces of swag (or  more, if you’re willing to part with them).

If interested, please contact me using the contact form here with “PROMO WORKSHOP” as the subject, and I will provide you the address to send the items.

Thanks so much!

Calling All Authors for a Good Cause

One of my good friends came to me the other day. Each year her place of employement puts on a silent auction to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She explained to me that the people at her work are voracious readers and asked if I wanted to donate an autographed book. Unfortunately, the only book I have to offer right now is a fantasy erotic romance, so I’m not sure how well that would fly in the work place. I did explain that I am a member of a vast community of writers and would put the request out there to my fellow authors. 

The auction is slated for September 16th. I’d like to have all donated books by September 12th (September 14th, at the latest). If you are interested in donating to a great cause, please mail your books to:

Cynthia Arends
5013 Wallingford Dr. NW
Comstock Park, MI 49321

If there are any other questions or concerns, please email me at

Sidney / Arianna

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