So I'm heading off to a conference tomorrow--not a big one, just a two-day Alabama Writers Conclave meeting in Birmingham. And don't you love the word "conclave?" It sounds as if it's one step shy of a cabal. If I get to the Perimeter South Hilton tomorrow and find dark hooded writerly types chanting in the lobby, I shall turn and hightail it back to Auburn.
Anyway, much belatedly, I wondered if I should have business cards. I have books in the PROCESS of being published, but I have nothing to sell except my own witty personality. Worse, I have no cover art. No release date (and no one will even tell me when a release date will be set, and I keep asking). Not even a release year, for God's sake.
So, do I need a business card? Probably. But I waited too late, and figure tacky cards printed at home would be worse than nothing at all. I'll chalk this one up to experience and have something for next summer, when I might actually have something tangible to promote.
What about you guys? Do you have business cards or other collaterals before you actually have a book out?