by Diane Holmes, (a) Chief Alchemist of Pitch University, (b) lover of learning, and (c) writer of fiction, non-fiction, and the occasional manifesto.
This week, Catherine embraced the Christmas Spirit of Marketing (yes, Virginia, apparently holiday goodwill can be harnessed to help you market your writing!), and I, too, must get my ho-ho-ho on.
(Yeah, I’ll wait while you realize that didn’t sound right…. )
Today, I bring you 10 gifties for you and your writer friends. May the delight of giving lead to milk, cookies, and a Grinch-y ”heart that grows three sizes that day.”
#10 Punctuation Saves Lives
I think we know this deserves a t-shirt. Why, look at that! A t-shirt perfect for gift giving.
This shirt is yours for $15.99 over at Cafe Press.
#9 Going Straight to Hell
Some clients, some projects—they’re hell. Just sayin’. Why not get a passport to make your trip easier, something that doubles as a journal for these trying times?
Yes? Hells, yes!
Travel instructions included. Just $2.95 at The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild. Wild site. Fabulous gifts.
#8 Everything is Better if It Looks Like a Book
I sob at the practical nostalgia of BookBook, a case/wallet for your iPhone.
I found it at that gift-giving-extravaganza that is Amazon, just $59.95 for iPhone 4 & 4 S, same for the new Iphone 5. Suddenly you’re not working, you’re spending quality time with books. Totally different.
#7 Old Book Smell
Many of us fell in love with writing as a child, in a dark musty library (one of the 2,509grand structures built by the Carnegies, no doubt, where the motto “let there be light” made every reader feel heroic).
If you miss that good ol’ musty book smell, good news, you can buy it and successfully make the transition to electronic books smell intact.
Smell of Books offer Classic Musty and New Book Smell for $9.99 each.
But be careful.
Please use in well ventilated area.
May cause dizziness and hallucinations. May cause itching and runny nose.
If symptoms persist for longer than eight weeks please consult your physician.
Not for use on “real” books.
Do not use while riding public transportation.
Discard empty container with hazardous waste.
Not for use as a room deodorizer.
Not for use on burning books.
Do not use on a Zune.
Keep away from the Kindle Fire!
(Plus, it’s not a real product. But the hilarity of this site alone should inspire you to pen your own faux site as a Christmas gift to those you love. Or even customers and readers. Everyone needs a good laugh for Christmas.)
#6 Paint a White Board on Your Wall
IdeaPaint is proof science makes the world a better place. Proof, I say!
It comes in clear, white, and black. Enough to cover 50 sq. ft. is $225.00; 100 sq. ft. is on sale for $315.00 (for clear).
I found this goodness at an equally awesome site called Idearella: Creating Glass Slipper Ideas in a Wicked Stepsister World. Their 2010 list of Christmas Gifts is super-awesome-sauce.
TO BE CONTINUED.
Diane writes two columns for Freelance-Zone: (1) Fiction-Zone: Leaps in Fiction Mastery and (2) Marketing-Zone: Marketing Yourself and Your Writing.