Many times now, here at The WG2E, the fabulous Liz Matis has mentioned in our comments section that she uses Romance Trading Cards as promotional tools.
We invited Liz to share the scoop on these terrific cards.
Take it away, Liz…
Romance Trading Cards made their debut at the 2011 RT Booklovers Convention after a Twitter conversation between authors turned into an idea for fan promotion.
What are Romance Trading Cards?
They are like baseball cards for romance readers. The book cover is on the front and on the back is the picture and name of a character along with their ‘stats’.
I chose to have the character’s occupation and their best line on my cards, but you can do most anything. For instance…
- For paranormal romances you might want to add the character’s special power
- Add the character’s description
- I’ve seen a separate card for the character’s pet
- If you are doing a series you might want to number the set
- For romantic suspense you can have a card for your villain.
- Include your website
How do you designs these nifty cards?
Well, if you are me you hire your cover designer, Hot Damn Designs, because though I can make my own book trailer I can’t seem to design romance trading cards. (I used the same photos I purchased for my book trailer for the cards) But if you are a DIY type of person then click here for the templates…
And for the video tutorial click here…
At the RTC website you can click on the various genres and see all the wonder samples of other author’s cards.
But Liz, I’m not a romance author – I write horror or science fiction.
The RTC site has a generic card or you can download a blank template and go wild with your design skills by clicking here…
What do you with the Romance Trading Cards?
You take them to conferences like the RT Booklovers Convention and to book signings. I include them in my giveaways. On my blog and Facebook page I occasionally announce free sets to whoever emails me their address. Of course there is the cost of postage (and the cards) but for now I’m enjoying spreading the love. And as D.D. Scott always tells us here at WG2E and RG2E it’s about treating your readers!
And what a treat!
So what do you think, WG2E-Land Peeps? Romance Trading Cards – Yay or nay?
The Best of WG2E and Romance Trading Card Wishes — Liz Matis
Amazon Bestselling Author Liz Matis is a mild manner accountant by day, romance writer by night. She loves happy ever afters!
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