To that end, I've started collections of giveaways for various projects.
Yesterday, I ordered magnets from Shutterfly with baseball quotes on them for one of my WIPs. A--they were free, I just had to pay shipping and B--I figure they'll mail cheaper than other things, like my tile coasters.
I have enough mistletoe paraphernalia to put together a gift basket. And I've only written about thirty pages of that book.
For the Suitcase book, I have collected butterflies because for me, the book is about Ana's metamorphosis and breaking out of her cocoon.
When Sarah Addison Allen published The Girl Who Chased The Moon, she had daily giveaways with a moon theme and that has been my inspiration. Plus, the items I've gathered also serve as incentives and inspirations to finish those projects.
Last week, I received The Breakdown by B.A.Paris from St. Martin's Press because last year they sent out her first book, Behind Closed Doors to 10K readers via a Facebook post. In exchange, the readers just had to read it and review it. Yes, I know there are people who do that already, but generally publishers don't just give books away to the general population. Or if they do, not to me.
Last year to coincide with her book, The Magic Stocking, Liz gave away handmade stockings--which I have one of and before that, she hunted down teacups and offered them up as a promo for another book, Jar of Dreams? I think.
So, those are my ideas. What are yours? And what has worked for you??