My Little Magic Box by Debbie Dadey
It took me about twenty years to figure it out, but making a magic box to take with me to book events was a great idea! Okay, it’s not magic but it does have everything I need to make a book signing or school visit go smoothly. What does my little plastic container have inside? Here’s what I’ve collected for my little 6.5 by 4.5 inch box (a left-over from my teaching days):
1. Business cards (Because the minute you don’t have one, you need one.)
2. Tissues (Because boogers are not pleasant with 200 kids watching!)
3. Book plates (Someone will always cry because they forgot their book.)
4. Award winning author stickers (Which I bought in a silly moment, but kids like stickers.)
5. Sticky notes (Because kids have the strangest names these days and it’s better to write it first on a note than ruin the book-better yet have the school or bookstore do it for you while the kids are waiting in line.)
6. Tic Tacs (Bad breath is not an author’s friend.)
7. Protein bar (Let’s face it, sometimes school lunches are horrible.)
8. Candy (see above)
9. Cough drops (A coughing fit really doesn’t work well with my presentation.)
10. Hand lotion (It makes me feel better!)
11. Hand sanitizer (It keeps me from catching every illness because schools are breeding grounds!)
12. Chap stick (I am prone to fever blisters and they aren’t pretty.)
13. iPad adapter (I started taking my iPad on school visits instead of my laptop and I love it.)
14. Clips to hold up something (Just a handy thing to have for posters.)
15. Memory stick with presentations (Some schools have their computers far away. I also have a clicker to advance slides. There is an app available to advance Keynote-the iPad version of PowerPoint. PowerPoint will convert to Keynote, but there are always a few adjustments to be made.)
16. Slips for information (These are leftovers from a giveaway and everyone likes free stuff.)
17. Rubber band (These come in handy for keeping my rolled up posters tidy.)
18. Markers or ink pens (Some people like Sharpies to autograph with, but I’m not picky).
Missing from my box are my fun red Author pin, camera, book signs, bookmarks, a bottle of water, and school visit brochures. Not all of them will fit inside my box, but I have them listed in marker on the inside of my box so I don’t forget them. Something I’ve been wanting to get is a tablecloth with my logo and maybe some book covers on it. On my scheduling page (http://www.debbiedadey.com/Events/Scheduling/index.php)
I have an Author Visit Checklist that lists everything I could think of to help a school prepare for my visit. Click Here to View.
Perhaps there is something on it you can adapt for yourself. Do you have more suggestions for my box? Please let me know, I have more book events coming up soon!
Check www.debbiedadey.com for one near you.
My newest book is Dream of the Blue Turtle (Mermaid Tales #7) with Simon and Schuster. Treasure in Trident City (#8) comes out in May. I hope you’ll like me on Facebook.com/debbiedadey. I’m hoping it doesn’t take me twenty years to get the hang of Facebook!
Thanks Debbie for sharing your idea for having a handy box that you can grab whenever you do a book event. It will definitely help everyone who has a hard time juggling everything that has to be done in our busy lives.
I love the idea of getting a table cloth made with your logo and covers. They don’t cost very much and it really adds to making you look exciting and professional.