Category Archives: Contest


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I have four books on sale for 99 cents through the month of August, and I have been playing around with Amazon giveaways. I’ve seen the “Setup a Giveaway” button at the bottom of Amazon product pages for a while, but I never gave it any thought. Until a couple weeks ago when I setup my first. The way it works–essentially–is you buy the books (or presumably any product–toaster ovens?) and let Amazon run the actual contest and delivery part.
There are options for handing out special purchase codes that have to come back to you, and other fancy stuff. You can require participants to follow you on Twitter (which I recommend), watch a video on Youtube, or take a survey. There are three methods for setting up the contest part, you can specify a number of books and the odds (1 out of n) for winning. There’s also a magic number selection, where you can have every ninth contestant win a book, and then finally you can just have the first n number of contestants win. (I say I have been playing around with these giveaways because I have now tried all three, just to see how fast the books go, and how things work).
Pretty simple, and if your books are on sale, it can also be pretty cheap. I occasionally run Goodreads giveaways, and will typically have 1500 to 2000 participants for a set of books with some art prints (There’s one going right now for Saltwater Witch, as a matter of fact), but the thing with GoodReads is that these are physical copies of books, which a lot of people would love to win (me too!) What it also means is that I’m paying shipping costs, which can be fairly steep if I include the UK or Australia in the mix–and who doesn’t love to include the UK and Australia in the mix? I love running these giveaways, and I won’t stop, but now that I see how easy and inexpensive it is to run giveaway on Amazon, I think I’m going to add it to my publicity components toolbox. It’s just another way to get my books in the hands of readers who may have never heard of me. That’s a good thing, right?
Has anyone tried out Amazon’s giveaways? I would be interested in hearing your experiences with it. Any other sites or methods for setting up book giveaways out there?

Goodreads Giveaway for SaltwaterWitch Done!

Forgot to post this over the weekend, a shot of the books–with some art and stickers–going out to the three winners. Congratulations!


A give-away question for you…

Would you be interested in winning pages from my sketchbooks? Here’s an example pic of a typical page: couple quick and creepy vampire dudes, apparently I was contemplating the weirdness of the human ear, and a front-facing Kassandra with her crown. Some of the sketching is years old, but there’s usually a mix on the pages. I may also cut up a few as well, and give away just a sketch of Kassandra, Kallixene, or some of the Rexenor soldiers from Saltwater Witch.

This is part of a plan to do a couple book giveaways for the print edition of Salvage—outside of Goodreads. I usually include a few art prints and stickers for GR winners, but now I’m thinking of including some hand-drawn stuff.

Good idea? Let me know! I’ll take likes/pluses as a good sign!
Check out Salvage here:


Category: art, Contest

Saltwater Witch Book Giveaway on Goodreads!

Enter to win! it’s free!  This giveaway includes three books with some illustrations/prints and other goodies–open to the US, Canada, and UK!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saltwater Witch by Chris Howard

Saltwater Witch

by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends November 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Category: Books, Contest

Help me pick stickers for Salvage!

Here are four of the images I’m thinking of using. Should I put some subtle titling on 3 or 4? Which one should I order first? The plan is to order 500 – 1000 of them (they’re about 4 x 6 inches) and use them for cons and giveaways.


The SWitch Kits are in the Post

switch-guerrillaThe kits are on their way! A big thank you to those who signed up to receive wave 1 of the Saltwater Witch Guerrilla Marketing Kits.  More info on what’s in each kit here: .  If you’re interested signing up for wave 2, sometime in May or early June, sign up for the Saltwater Witch Newsletter.  I will also be giving a bunch of Seaborn stickers soon.  Stay tuned!

Category: Contest, Seaborn

Nanowhere giveaway on Goodreads!

Sign up. It’s free. Win a signed copy of Nanowhere with the new trade paperback cover. Nanowhere… it’s a love story with all the usual elements: rogue soldiers, magic, computer hacking, tyranny, cryptography, hit-men with an affinity for rolled adhesives, rebellious skateboarders, and sentient billion-node self-organizing nanotech ghosts. Nanowhere is a stand-alone part of the Seaborn series.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Nanowhere by Chris Howard


by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends April 17, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Seaborn Giveaway on Goodreads!

Enter to win one!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seaborn by Chris Howard


by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends August 01, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

GoodReads Giveaway complete!

PhotoI'm packing up a couple copies of Saltwater Witch, signing them for the GoodReads giveway that just finished (Almost 1200 people registered for the books, which is very cool). I'm including the print below, folded neatly inside the book. Just need to box them up and get them in the mail!


Faces of Kassandra

Okay, I have something special planned for next week, but you can get started now.  Here's a sneak peek at a limited edition accordion folded print (signed series of 100).  Each comes with a signed info document (see the single green-shaded image below) I have a handful of proofs and I'm still tweaking–paper's the main issue. It has to fold well.  See my not very sharp, terribly lit shots of one of the proofs below.

Want one?  Easy. Get a copy of Saltwater Witch, Seaborn, or Sea Throne (or all three) and then email me with a simple "I bought Saltwater Witch on my nook" or something like that.  That's all. No addresses or anything else for now.  I'll put your name into the drawing next week.  If you win, I'll email for postal info and send you a cool 5×5 in envelope with your signed and numbered print and info doc. 

Here are direct links:


Click for a better view!

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