Yeah, I should be writing instead of penning this. Sorry. Even my brain needs to step away once in a while and sort of decompress. In the meantime, I’ve been playing with different ideas for SWAG. For those who aren’t too familiar, it’s the little freebie stuff you give out to folks to help promote your product. In this case, it’s the Monster Squad.
I have a friend and fellow author who is also a graphic artist who designed a really cool ‘unit logo’ for me to use. As some of you have seen, I’ve put this on some stuff like coffee cups and t-shirts and whatnot…just to get a feel for it.
While the coffee cups looked pretty darned cool, they aren’t really something that people carry around with them ALL the time. Well, unless you’re a Chief Petty Officer in the NAVY and have a permanently hooked finger. Sorry. A little military humor there.
So…here’s the thing. I talked with Jeffrey (he’s the aforementioned author and graphic artist) and he tossed together something for me to use for t-shirts. Instead, I saw it as the cover of the hardback for the first four Monster Squads…a little project that Denise and I had been talking about for quite a while now. With just a little tweaking, he gave me this:
I really liked it. No. Scratch that. I LOVED it. Simple, yet…striking. At least to me.
So here is where I need YOUR input. I mean, you guys are the fans. You’re the readers. You’re the reason the characters continue to grow and enjoy new life and new adventures. If you were to look for Monster Squad items, whether they be coffee mugs, t-shirts, pens, posters…whatever. What design would you like to see?
Would you rather it be just the logo like the coffee cup above? Or would you rather see something that reminds you of the book covers that you’re used to seeing? Something with the silhouette of the soldiers? Both? Neither? Just the words ‘Monster Squad’? Give me some feedback, please. Because I’ll tell you, this stuff isn’t cheap and picking up little bits here and there just to see how I might like it is getting…well…expensive! Help me decide which image best represents the squads. What do YOU think of when you think of them?
You can message me here or on Facebook or email or drop by the house and we can chat over a cup of coffee. However you choose, your input is valuable. Or should I say, invaluable?