Surviving the World of Events

Swag That Makes Sense

By now you have had a chance to look at a lot of different types of swag. Perhaps you are wondering what could work better than some of the products you are currently using. It’s time to go back to your roots: your book(s).

The main idea of swag is to create exposure for your books. To do that, there needs to be something that connects people back to your writing. While a website, a logo or a link to social media may have its merits, something more substantial, something that makes people talk about and think about your novels, is better.

Your exercise today is to take a pen and some paper and write down all the things you associate with your books. Start with issues that the general population can associate with.

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

The list was my idea.

I didn’t mean for anyone to die.

Will you ever forgive me?

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Val was as shocked as everyone else—despite her own serious injury, she’s implicated in the crime because of the list. The list she and Nick made of people they hated. The list Nick used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, her former friends, and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place, and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

–back cover of Hate List by Jennifer Brown.

I feel like this was one of the best books about a shooting that I’ve read. Everyone hears stories about shootings, but who really talks about the flipside? The shooter, the shooter’s friends, and the anger and hate that can follow them around?