So I was talking with my rockin' editor, Devi, last week, and I was gushing (again!) about this particular article of swag that I really, really, really want for Tempest Rising.
And she was all, "Meh."
And I was all, "Dude, seriously? It's wicked cool."
And she's all, "Meh."
And I'm all, "DUDE. It ROCKS."
And she continued to make meh-ing sounds at me.
It boils down to the fact she doesn't like swag. I'm not talking about a copy of an ARC swag, but the little fiddly swaggy bits you see people giving away at conventions. The cover flats, and the pencils, etc.
She's all, "Does it really serve a purpose?"
And I'm all, "Hellz yeah, it's free! And it's free! And . . . um . . . it's free!"
It boils down to the fact that Devi, once again, made me think. I'm tired of thinking. Unlike the Underground man, I can not think about anything for hours. I make like that insipid line from Pretty Woman and veg. But my editor made me think, again, and this time about the swag.
Does it really serve a purpose?
I mean, it's FREE! I'm always running around academic conventions and inevitably I end up with a bagful of shikahkah. I eventually rummage through said bagful, looking for two things: anything I can (legitimately) put in my mouth and anything that's actually useful. The pens get stuck in my purse (where they break IMMEDIATELY and ooze pen juice all over me at inopportune moments), I inevitably use the luggage tags because I move around like a nomad, and then I throw everything else out.
So maybe some convention swag deserves a meh? But my idea for my swag is SO GOOD, people, that I still have hope for the swag, yet. And I can think of a million examples of swag that I still have rolling around my house (and food swag always wins my vote of approval).
Basically it boils down to you. What do you think of Swag? Again, I don't mean swag as in free books (who the hell doesn't want free books?). But the other types of swag. I would appreciate it if you answered the following questions. No, this is not a test. Yes, Dr. Peeler can grade them if you'd like her to.
1) Do you pick up swag at conventions?
2) What do you especially like as swag (besides books)?
3) What would you like to see as swag?
4) What would be your ultimate swag, or what has been your ultimate swag, or both.