Monday, 1 February 2016

Bookmark this

Thanks to Gail Aldwin for passing on the details of this 50 word story competition. It's free to enter and the prize is to have your story illustrated and turned into a bookmark. I rather like that idea.

I like bookmarks and have quite a few, including some I had done to promote my books. (Even so,
I'm quite likely to mark my place with an old receipt or other odd bit of paper.

Do you use bookmarks?

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  1. I LOVE bookmarks (even though I do quite a lot of my reading on a Kindle these days!) and always like to buy them as souvenirs of historic monuments and museums when I'm on holiday. I always recommend them as an easy way for authors to promote books too - I wrote an article about it here: https://offtheshelfbookpromotions.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/one-simple-affordable-tool-for-marketing-your-self-published-book-the-bookmark/ Though, like the old saying that the cobblers' children are always the poorest shod, I've yet to order bookmarks for my three fiction books! Your post here will prompt me to move it up my to-do list...

    I think bookmarks are a great idea for a competition prize.

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    1. What I like about them as adverts is that even if they don't help sales, they'll be useful to someone.

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  2. Oh, I like the sound of this one, Patsy - I do love bookmarks!

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  3. I love your bookmarks Patsy, brilliant idea!

    Like Debbie I do most of my reading on the iPad using the Kindle App. Not quite the same as a 'real' book.

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    1. Bookmarks are less useful for kindle users I agree, Anne.

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  4. There can never be enough bookmarks, Patsy, not least because they are elusive little devils. I can never find one when I need one, hence my books, like yours, are marked with corners of old envelopes. I shall definitely have a try at this competition.

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    1. They do seem to vanish just when we need them, Beatrice.

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  5. Nice set of bookmarks!
    Yes, my publisher has made bookmarks for all of my books and I even remember to hand them out now and then.

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    1. Remembering to distribute them is something I struggle with too, Alex.

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  6. What a great idea! I love bookmarks, though, like you, I tend to turn whatever is near at hand--scrap of paper, receipt, paperclip--into one when I'm forced to put down a book.

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    1. I knew I wouldn't be the only one, Linda.

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  7. I, too, love book marks and like the ones that are based on the book I'm reading, but these days I do a lot of my reading on my Kindle. I like the sound of this competition and may give it a go.

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  8. Awesome bookmarks! And yes, I do use bookmarks. I have my own made for my books, and readers do love getting them more than any other swag.

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    1. It's the thing I'd be most likely to pick up if an author was giving stuff out. Unless there was chocolate, obviously.

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  9. Hi Patsy, your post made me laugh. I have beautiful bookmarks and I love them but I often feel they are too beautiful for doing their job and just use a receipt too. But that story competition sounds interesting. I will check it out.

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    1. I can see that making them too nice could be counter productive, Bee.

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  10. Yes, I'm another bookmark person.:)

    I'm definitely intending to enter this competition- I'm considering the ideas.

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  11. What a great idea for a competition! I use bookmarks and receipts and scraps of paper and old shopping lists and just now, a knife (needless to say, I lost my place).

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    1. A knife, Frances? I think there may be a story in that.

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  12. I use bookmarks to mark my place in a book and, if none are handy, I use anything else. I plan to by some to hand out when my next book comes out.

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    1. I think they're a good reminder for people to take if they can't buy the book right then or plan to get the eversion.

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  13. I have lots of bookmarks too. My favourites are postcards as they are nice and solid. That competition looks interesting.

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    1. A postcard sounds like a good bookmark, Maggie.

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  14. Sadly no .. but I should and I use what's around ... sometimes a post it with a note, or a larger rough note on a sheet of paper, etc ... but some people I'm sure are distinctly more methodical than I am .. cheers Hilary

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    1. It seems the 'just grab anything vaguely papery' method is most common, Hilary.

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  15. I put them in all of the books I sell at appearances, and hand out others along with business cards. Never thought of putting a short story on one - I like that idea.

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Thanks so much for commenting!