Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Smashwords eBook Sale Until EOY 2013

You can get either The Five Elements or The Hall of the Wood (or both) for 99 cents each as mentioned below or for free if you agree to write a review. More details here if you're interested in exchanging a review for a free eBook.

From now until the end of 2012 2013 readers of this blog (and the various places to which it gets syndicated) can buy The Five Elements and/or The Hall of the Wood for the low, low price of $0.99 from Smashwords using the coupon codes below.

Sometimes I lower the price to $0.99 for limited amounts of time, so you obviously do not need the coupons during those promotions. My prices are always reasonable, though, so if you've a favorite eRetailer click the links to the right to get more info or click-through on one of the following links to visit Smashwords.

The Five Elements


The Hall of the Wood


Any problems, let me know. Feel free to send this offer around, too. More the merrier.

Goodreads Giveaway Follow-up



It's been 30 days since I revved  up two Goodreads giveaways—one for The Five Elements and another for The Hall of the Wood—and that's it. We're done. The lucky winners have been selected and now I'm busy signing books and  stuffing and licking envelopes (or peeling away the cover strips).

All told, 795 people entered to win a copy of The Five Elements and 799 people went for The Hall of the Wood. I'm sure there was plenty of overlap there.

The end goal in doing these giveaways is twofold: to get some more people to read my books and to hopefully get some more reviews. I can control the former (somewhat), but can't do much about the latter. I think I read somewhere that authors get roughly a 40% return on giveaways. At 5 books going out for each title, I hope to get at least 2 new reviews for each novel.

Couple of  Q&A points:

1.) Would I do another giveaway?

Maybe. A lot of Goodreads members added the novels to their TBR lists. This is good. But the value of each giveaway can really only be told if and when sales go up or more reviews materialize. I'd definitely consider another giveaway as a vehicle for raising interest in the next book in The Alchemancer series when that next book is ready to go.

2.) Did the giveaway hurt existing sales?

No idea. It seems like it did, but I've only been comprehensively tracking sales since late January, and these giveaways ran through most of February. If sales begin to creep back up to what I was seeing pre-giveaway, I'll have some idea. Time will tell.

3.) Wouldn't you rather give away eBook copies?

Yes. But Goodreads requires print copies, so that's that.

4.) A lot of readers clicked on my Goodreads ads throughout the giveaway periods. It helped that each ad has a "Enter for a chance to win a copy" line right on it:


Do I think people will continue to click on them?

I hope so. Initial results this morning seem to show they are—the number of readers adding The Five Elements has gone up by a handful just this morning. Let's hope some readers become advocates and spread the word.

OK, that's enough of that. I feel like I'm talking to myself.

I'd be remiss if I didn't thank everyone who entered and especially those on Twitter and elsewhere who helped spread the word. Thanks!

I'm eager to see what the 10 lucky readers think. Until then, it's back to writing.

Reminder About Giveaways

We're about to enter into the final week of two giveaways I'm running on Goodreads.

One giveaway is for The Five Elements. I've got 5 print copies of that novel ready to go out to each of 5 lucky readers. The Five Elements has been well received by both Goodreads and readers. On Goodreads, it's sitting at 4.57 stars out of 5. On Amazon, 4.4 stars out of 5.

The other giveaway is for The Hall of the Wood. I've also got 5 print copies for this one ready to go. It's rated 3.25 stars out of 5 on Goodreads and 3.6 out of 5 on Amazon.

As I write this, 408 people have entered each of the giveaways! Those are numbers I can live with. Sadly, only 10 of the 816 combined readers will actually get a free book. I'm anxious to get these giveaways concluded so I can get the books out to readers and see what they think. Both giveaways end March 10. Sorry, US residents only.

Click on the images below to go directly to the giveaway page for each novel.

Click to enter the giveaway

Click to enter the giveaway

The Five Elements Giveaway

I'm giving away 5 print copies of The Five Elements!

The promotion is through GoodReads. Basically, you sign up to enter the drawing and, when the giveaway period ends on March 10, GoodReads selects 5 lucky winners.

If you'd prefer to read now and own a Kindle, I've reduced the price of the eBook to $1.99. I'll hold the price there until the promotion ends.

Click-through to find out more about the giveaway or to enter. Good luck!

Upcoming giveaway for The Five Elements

I'm running a giveaway on GoodReads for 5 print copies of The Five Elements!

The giveaway begins on Feb. 10 (this Friday) and runs for a month. Lots of time to sign-up, but wanted to give some advance notice.

GoodReads giveaways are made with no expectation of anything in return—namely a book review—though it is greatly appreciated.

I'll post again when the giveaway period begins.