There’s an aphorism that goes something along the lines of “if something exists, someone somewhere has found a way to make p0rn about it.” I strongly believe the same applies to subscription boxes…there are subscription boxes for every single conceivable thing under the sun. They appeal to our love of opening gifts, getting things in the mail (!!!), and finding things that are tailored in some way to our tastes and preferences. I currently subscribe to four, and my husband has devised a way of telling how awesome/not-awesome the contents are by how loudly I squeal. It’s called the “OoooOOOOoooh!” – meter. My latest subscription is for Scribbler, a subscription box “for authors, by authors.” The very first box was launched for the month of March, mine arrived yesterday, and I immediately broke the “OoooOOOOoooh!” – meter. Unboxing pics and reviews (and so therefore spoilers, if you haven’t received yours yet) are below the jump!
So before I start, allow me to acknowledge that there are plenty of book-related subscription boxes, but Scribbler points out on their website that they are currently:
“The only subscription box for novelists – created by authors, for authors. Scribbler is committed to helping writers improve their craft and reach their publishing goals, month after month.”
I think they succeeded admirably, and this was just the launch box! Imagine what else we have to look forward to!
All right, on with the show! I regret to inform you that the picture above is the only one I took before (carefully) tearing in…it was a Friday, I’d had a rough day, I needed to get to a happy place stat. I can assure you, however, that everything was packaged beautifully!
First off, we had a note from Victoria and Lindsay, of the Scribbler Team.
A card (I use these as bookmarks too) listing what goodies were inside.
A package of highlighters from Yoobi, which prompted a very loud “Oooooh!” from me. I absolutely love highlighters, and these are extra-awesome because for every Yoobi item purchased, they donate one to a classroom in need. Win/win! Available at Amazon or on their website.
An autographed bookmark for Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. Very clever item to include: it’s functional (I seriously love bookmarks) and the blurb had me pretty much immediately adding it to my Goodreads Want to Read. Plus, it being autographed made it even more special.
A sheet of word count stickers from Saucy Stickers Co in the form of typewriters! Mine will be going directly into my planner! Her Etsy shop has more of these stickers along with lots of other things, including kits for those living that planner life.
A lovely and extremely exciting invitation to a Skype session with literary agent Mandy Hubbard. I will cave and install Skype because there’s no way I’m missing this!
A bag (into which the Yoobi highlighters fit perfectly, by the way) advertising the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This bag is canvas and the exact thing for corralling highlighters, pens, pencils, and any other writing paraphernalia you may stuff in your writing bag/tote/computer case. The quote on the back will be something to remind you to keep your chin up during those moments when your indie writing life hits a bump or two.
A print which will be framed and hung above my writing nook (African violet and corks not included, I needed something to hold it flat). It’s 8×10″ (20.5×25.5mm), so this could also easily go on your desk in an easel frame.
A #writer decal from small biz owner Jen’s SVG Cut Files. There was never a doubt for even a split second where this bad boy was going. As with all decals, be careful and take your time peeling/applying, it’s precious.
A writing passport, which I understand will be a regular part of the Scribbler boxes. In it, we have a note from the Scribbler Team, information about the featured author (more on that in a second), and then an essay/article along with an exercise from that author. This one was about Writing Emotional Touchpoints, and I shall be going through it with one of my new Yoobi highlighters in hand.
And finally, the crowning glory of any book box…the book!!! We received More than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (a-ha! this is where that signed bookmark will come in handy!!!)! Hardcover, no less! And (be still my heart), they were thoughtful enough to include a signed bookplate!!! We seriously love bookplates around here (we send them out free upon request to our readers), so this also prompted another loud squeal.
They also sent a tattoo of the book title, which puzzled me at first, but then I thought maybe tattoos are meaningful to the book’s plot, in which case that’s a rather smart piece of advertising. It’s also pretty.
Pricing: As of this writing, Scribbler is $29.99 for a month-to-month subscription, $84.99 for a three-month pre-pay, and $164.99 for a six-month pre-pay. I’ve reached out to the Scribbler Team to see if there’s any way you can gift a box subscription to someone, and
will update here when I have an answer the answer is YES you can, and apparently quite a lot of people are doing just that! Talk about the most wonderful gift for the writer in your life!
Final Verdict: I doubt that I even need to spell this out, but I think Scribbler did an exceptional job with their debut box, and I’m eagerly looking forward to future shipments! I think that all of the contents were thoughtful and useful, and didn’t revert back to the “Oh, all writers/readers want tea and candles!” cliche. I mean, I love both, but not everyone does, and it was nice to see that each item was mindfully curated, not just tossed in there. I don’t think that you have to be a published (or hope-to-be-published) author to enjoy this box, everything in it (with the possible exception of the Skype session with Mandy Hubbard) would be equally valuable to people who write strictly for pleasure. That being said, that’s my opinion for this box, future ones may be more specifically targeted for authors.
My Question for You: Do you subscribe to any book boxes? If so, which ones? I’m on the hunt to add one other book subscription box, and unfortunately I’m having a hard time finding one that meets my criteria: I have absolutely no interest in a YA book box (I have nothing against YA, and I do read some of it, but it’s just not what I’m looking for). I’d also like to see the creators put genuine thought and care into what they’re curating. There have been a few I was interested in until I saw that the box contents were the same each time, just with a different theme for that month. Book boxes aren’t cheap (and rightly so), but I’d like to see some creativity put into assembling them. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments!