Pride 2013 Events Toledo & Columbus, OH

 

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Attention Authors: Need to get your name out there in the hands of thousands of people?

Stonewall Columbus Pride on June 22nd (http://www.columbuspride.org/) and the Toledo Pride Festival on Aug 24th (http://toledopride.com) are upon us again this year.

This year Rainbow Romance Writers (http://www.rainbowromancewriters.com/ )and Naughty Edition Reviews (http://naughtyeditionreviews.com/) have teamed up to get booths at both events and spread some promo love, raise awareness about LGBT fiction and have some fun. Several top publishers and book sellers have already generously donated money, gift cards and free books to our event.

Now we are looking for authors to join in on this great opportunity!

Pride events like these promote our community, area events, organizations, programs and businesses that support the LGBTQA community. Last year Columbus saw over 200,000 attendees and in Toledo there were about 15000. This year we are expecting more! There is no better way to get your name in front of so many potential fans than attending a Pride event.

stonewall-columbus-pride-2013-logoDo you live in or near Ohio?

If you do we would be love to have you attend the event and promote your writing at our booth.

Author participation costs: $50 for each festival

Why would you want to spend money to go to a Pride festival and work a booth?

Because the individual promotion opportunity is priceless. Authors will have the opportunity to meet fans, sign swag and sell books. Your swag will be prominently displayed. Our booth in Toledo last year was colorful, fun and drew a lot of attention.

This year we are giving away FOUR FREE E-READERS and authors will be able to pre-upload one of their books onto the devices, getting your books directly into the hands of a new reader. Everyone loves freebies and our booth will have great swag bags for attendees.We are hoping with generous promo donations, this year we will be able to fill at least 700 swag bags and 10 giveaway baskets. 100 of these bags we would like to make YA.

Last year we were like mini celebrities in the eyes of many people and not only did we all see an increase in book sales afterward, but we had an opportunity to let readers know how much great LGBT fiction is really available. And we had FUN!

Main-ImageWhat kinds of promo do we need?

Books! Books! Books!
or
Money and More Books

Any new and gently used LGBT books, including YA would be gladly appreciated. We are going to have a prize spinning wheel and lucky winners will take home books, one of four already donated e-readers, gift certificates or one of the 700 goodie bags we are looking to fill. No one will go home empty handed!!

**We cannot accept paper swag at this time**

There is one exception. Postcards with free or discounted download codes for ebooks or if it is a discount coupon. We would LOVE these types of donations. If you have a free story you want to promote, print up some postcards with your logo and the download link. Some authors even uploaded their stories onto CDs and we put those into the swag bags. Make sure you check with your publisher before you do any of this though! :)

Please, no bookmarks, cover flats and postcards. The point of the event is to get LGBT books both print and electronic into the hands of readers. At large public events paper swag without a freebie/coupon will get overlooked or thrown away therefore is a waste of the author’s money. We want our bags to be considered valuable enough that people take them home and go thru them. A bag full of bookmarks sadly will be tossed into the nearest garbage can. This may sound harsh, but at a festival with a beer garden, 100K people celebrating and wandering around, only good swag bags will be kept by attendees.
Swag can be anything from the wild and untamed (scented condoms, glow sticks, penis shaped lollipops) to the tame (stickers, pens, chap-sticks, buttons, notepads) Large items such as t-shirts, mugs, etc we will put in gift baskets. If you want to send your own gift basket, that too is very okay.

We will be filling 500 goodie bags for Stonewall Columbus June 22, and 250 goodie bags for Toledo Pride Aug 24. And donations from 10-700 items will be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to help with the funding please donate even a little goes a long way. Plus, with any donation you get a day or more of promotion on our June Pride BlogFest.


Contact Deanna for mailing address. deanna.wadsworth@gmail.com with the words OHIO PRIDE PROMO in the subject line.
What is the deadline for mailing swag?

 For Columbus, we must have all promo by June 8, 2013.

For Toledo we must have all promo by August 10, 2013

Our main goal is to get LGBT books into the hands of readers. We know not many authors can afford to travel and get themselves out there at conferences etc so this is a great promotional venue for new and established authors.

If you or someone you know might be interested please email either of us at Rayna@naughtyeditionreviews.com or deanna.wadsworth@gmail.com

 

Thank you for helping our community,

Rayna Scherer, Owner of Naughty Edition Reviews and Books

Deanna Wadsworth, Writer, RRW rep

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