I’ve just about finished packing books and swag for Romancing the Capital this week in Ottawa. This is a fabulous conference and I love attending it. Eve Langlais does a terrific job of organizing everything, and I suspect everyone has as wonderful a time as I do.
This year, Eve is once again giving charm bracelets to registrants, so they can collect charms during the conference. I made my book charms for this, and got a little bit carried away. (All those book covers…I had to try them all!) Here’s my box of charms for that giveaway – and the book charms aren’t even all in the box yet! It’s going to be full to bursting!
I also harvested some of the charms to make clips with entire series of books on them. These will be prizes in my Knights vs. Dragons session:
We do puzzles in that session and complete for prizes—I have puzzles made of my book covers. This year, the puzzles are Fallen, The Beauty Bride, the new cover for The Princess and Wyvern’s Outlaw, which is a cover reveal.
I made some dragon clips as doorprizes for the panel discussion about dragon shifter romance:
And there is swag for the registration bags. This year, I did coloring packs. Here are three of them taken apart so you can see what’s inside. There are three postcards in each bag—one for Fallen, one for The Beauty Bride and one for Wyvern’s Mate—with the cover on the front in full color and a line drawing on the back to colour, then the package of pencil crayons with a sharpener in the lid. Each set is packed up in a yellow organza gift bag. They’re cropped in this picture, because the postcards have codes on them for attendees to download these three books for free. I did the line drawings myself. 🙂
In addition to all of this, there are two kinds of dragon necklaces, and temporary dragon tattoos. Here’s one kind of necklace – these have semi-precious stones in the dragons’ talons. This year, they have black cords but my office dragon still likes them:
There are tote bags for Knights & Dragons and there are bookmarks. Finally, there are books. Lots of books, many of which were pre-ordered.
This is one conference I’m glad that I drive to, because I can pack everything in the truck. This year, though, there won’t be much space left for passengers!
I’m teaching a workshop on Thursday at 1 PM on publishing, then participating in a lot of panel discussions. It’s going to be busy and fun. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you who are planning to attend! Remember that Saturday’s booksigning at Romancing the Capital is open to the public.