Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Some Goodreads Giveaways Worth Checking Out

I'm running a Goodreads Giveaway for the first novel in The Alchemancer series, The Five Elements. So far, about 330 people in the US and Canada have entered to win. The last time I ran a giveaway for this book, which was several years ago, the giveaway finished with about 750 entrees, so I’m happy with the results so far considering we’re only a week into this one.

But, as the title of this post suggests, my giveaway isn’t the only one out there worth considering. I’m a voracious reader myself, so occasionally I’ll take a look at the latest giveaways to see if anything catches my interest. Below are a few of those. If you’re a Goodreads user (and if you aren’t, why not?), then you might find these interesting as well.

 

First up is mine, of course. If you’re looking for a rip-roaring tale of adventure and tragedy, where great destinies are realized and dark plots revealed, take a look at The Five Elements. Keep your eyes open for another giveaway coming very soon for the second book in the series, The Nullification Engine.

Michael Sullivan’s First Empire series isn’t scheduled to start coming out until next year, but he’s running a giveaway for two limited edition, advanced reader copies of Rhune, the first novel in the series. This is going to be a series to watch, so why not get an early look?

John Kerry is an unread author for me, so when I saw the graphic to the right featured as part of his giveaway of two copies of Eden at the Edge of Midnight and gave the blurb a read, I knew I had to enter. Eden at the Edge of Midnight

Blackbeard? Seafaring adventure? Set in the “Golden Age” of piracy? No need to read further for me. I entered McLean’s giveaway for one copy of Blackbeard’s Freedom without hesitation. 24949085

Free Kindle Giveaway

Kindle Fire

Over the past several months, I’ve been helping to sponsor the Free Kindle Giveaway promotion, where participants have a chance at winning a free Kindle Fire or $139 in PayPal cash. Entering is easy. Take a look at the form below or visit the site, select one or more (more is better because it increases your odds of winning) entries from the list, enter the required information, and hit ‘enter.’

For example, to enter the giveaway by signing up to my mailing list, scroll down to “Join Scott Marlowe’s Mailing List,” provide your email, and you’re done.

Signing up to my mailing list gives you all of the usual benefits: you’ll find out about new releases first and, as a subscriber bonus only, receive a free copy of each Assassin Without a Name title as it’s released. Next up is Thief’s Gambit, currently in final editing, meaning it should be done soon.

While you’re there, of course sign-up for as many mailing lists or give other authors a Facebook like or Twitter follow.

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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

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The Hall of the Wood

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

Goodreads Giveaway Follow-up

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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:

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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.

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!