A while back, I joined Goodreads as an author, hoping to create a little bit of engagement and publicity for my books. I decided to run a giveaway of what was then a five book series, as this was before I had written The Last Embers.
The giveaway was exciting for me as I saw more and more people sign up for it. I imagined that these were people who might genuinely be interested in reading and perhaps buying my books! The first giveaway was won by a woman who was nice enough to actually read and rate the books on Goodreads.
The second giveaway did not go quite so well. I got more entrants this time, but the person who won the giveaway was someone who had entered thousands of giveaways and was obviously not that interested in my work. That’s when I figured out that most of the people were just giveaway junkies, not really interested in buying the books but quite willing to take anything given away for free. The net result was that I was out some $35 for the cost of the books and shipping, and the person who received them had the intention of selling them off for his own profit.
Indeed, this is the case. There’s an eBay listing for these books right now. The books are listed as new—a testament to the notion that this guy didn’t care about reading them. They are signed and you can see my signature on the page. He’s listed them for $36, which is below the price I’ve listed them for here (and, perhaps coincidentally, about what I paid to send them off to him in the first place.)
I don’t recommend you buy them, for a few reasons. Obviously, I don’t want to reward this practice. Also, they don’t include The Last Embers, which I consider to be the best book I’ve written and a good end to the series. If you’re tempted, I recommend instead that you buy the trilogy versions from my store. They cost only $10 more with shipping, and you get the entire series, with a signature personalized to you. That, in my mind, is a much better deal.
Now, I would like to do another giveaway for a few reasons. The first is that I have several copies of the individual editions of the books. When I went to Connecticon last year, I realized that nobody was going to buy the individual editions. A few people bought The Dragon Kaseraak for $10, but most people went for The Dragon Kaseraak Trilogy at $20 (a better deal), or both trilogies for $40. Plus, I had an economic incentive to sell the trilogies—I get more profit from each trilogy sale than I would selling the individual volumes. This leaves me, though, with an inventory of the individual volumes that I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to sell.
So, here’s what I’m going to do.
I want to giveaway a complete set of the individual volumes. That’s all six books, with a value of $60! But I want to give them away to someone who is genuinely interested in reading them, and, hopefully, recommending them to people if the books are found enjoyable. I’m not going to demand a review or the like (such things, I find, are more detrimental than anything), but I sure would appreciate one! I also appreciate talking to readers about the books, especially happy readers. I want to be an active author.
Here's what I'm going to do to try to ensure that people who enter really want to read the books. If you’d like to enter the giveaway, go to the Contact page and send me a note. Tell me briefly why you are interested in reading the books, and give me some way of contacting you in case you win.
My current intention is to let the giveaway run until 25 people enter. I would then randomly pick one of the entrants and notify the winner in the manner given. At that point, I’d need a name to which to sign the books and an address to send the books. Obviously I cannot ask or guarantee that the winner will read the books, but that’s my hope. Also, because I want the shipping cost to be reasonable, I reserve the right to delete your entry and draw a new winner if you live in a country where it would be exorbitantly expensive to send the books. (You can certainly enter, I just don't want to be on the hook for outrageous postal fees. Having not sent books other than to the US and Canada, I have no idea how expensive it would be.)
I reserve the right to cancel this giveaway for any reason; the ones that I can foresee are if I’m spammed by multiple entries, or if I don’t get enough entries. I reserve the right to increase the number of entries in the fortunate event that I get a lot of interest. I reserve the right to delete your entry if it seems sketchy or you enter more than once. Basically, I have intentions but I reserve the right to change the terms in situations where it would be reasonable to do so.
So, if you want to enter:
1) Go to the contact page;
2) Leave me a comment, telling me:
a) Why you want to read the series; and
b) How you’d like me to contact you if you win.
Good luck, and thank you for reading!