Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Fall Has Arrived

Well, apparently fall has officially arrived in Texas - it's raining. That's pretty much the only way we know. Of course, it was raining when I was trying to drive to the airport this morning so what is usually a 40 minute drive became a 2 hour one. I SOOOOOOO cannot wait to not do this anymore.

I was thinking about marketing stuff last night and organization and all the other things I'll actually be able to do when I'm in one place and don't have an entire room of dirty clothes to deal with and I decided I need some sort of mailing list program that will store all my mailout addresses and allow me to categorize them by type - like mystery bookstores, Waldens, Louisiana, etc. That would allow me to easily print up label that I need since I send slightly different things to different audiences.

So anyone heard of such a beast?????? I know I could do an internet search and probably get 10,000 hits (4 of which would be valid), but I was sorta hoping my blog readers would save me some time. :)

Also, I'm thinking about contest ideas for UNLUCKY and quite frankly my creativity is way low. So any ideas for a cool big prize would be appreciated. For big I mean a couple hundred dollars limit on one prize if that gives you a range. So what would you like to win??????

And to kick things off:


So post away and good luck!


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear that you have a $200.00 limit. I was going to suggest that you give away a casino. :) Mom

Jaye Wells said...

How about a nice poker set? I also found this sitethis site, which sells poker themed jewelry.

Jaye Wells said...

Um never mind on the jewelry site. Who knew poker themed geegaws were so darned expensive?

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi mom - I wish I could at least afford a trip giveaway. Maybe when I get that Paramount picture movie deal. (ha)

Hi Jaye - yes, I know. I've looked at some of those sites along and it's rather frightening what people will pay for dice earrings. :) Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check out what you've found!

Cari said...

Hey, girl! I use a software program called ACT to manage my mailing lists at work. It's a great program for tracking contacts with your customers. However, I have also just created a huge database and did it in Excel, which I know you already have. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I would be happy to win a copy of UNLUCKY. I don't think expensive gifts are necessary. Some authors allow people to "win" having their name used in a book. That would be OK also.

Jana DeLeon said...

Hi Cari - I think I saw ACT when I was doing some research. I found one that I downloaded a trial for but now I can't remember the name. Hmmmmmmm.

anon - I would do the name thing, but since I always write Louisiana, I tend to stick to the Cajun stuff. But I'll think of something.

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