I just got off the phone with 3232Design about getting some custom book plates designed. Not bookplates for me to put in my own books on my shelves, but to sign so that people can put them in the books I've written.
I'll be giving a few talks and readings next month, in my E.M. Tippetts persona, and no one in the audience will ever have heard of me. That's because my first book under that name won't be out until the beginning of that month. Obviously I'd like them to buy some copies, so I decided to do what I've seen some other authors do, and that is offer autographed bookplates. These I can sign and personalize and the person will then have some incentive to go buy the book so they can affix the bookplate. Not as good as a signed book, but better than just a plain book by an author they've never heard of before.
What has me excited, though, is the designer behind 3232Design. Take a look at Ian Tregillis's website for an example of his work. It's seriously cool and well put together. I gather the designer also used design elements from Victorian bookplates for that project. So I'm excited to see what he comes up with for me. I hope I can afford it!