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GIVEAWAYS Anyone?

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Here are a couple free copies of Teller–just click one of the links below and get the book for your Kindle–the actual device and the app. (If the first one doesn’t work, try the second. These are one-time use passes. When they’re gone they’re gone).

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/gift-redemption/B0056QJEGE/GSWBHSANRD97BVP,Unused
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/gift-redemption/B0056QJEGE/GSSPCVPPYX683JV,Unused

 

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!

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Goodreads giveaway for TELLER!

Enter to win–it’s free!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Teller by Chris Howard

Teller

by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends September 27, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Saltwater Witch Giveaway at GoodReads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saltwater Witch by Chris Howard

Saltwater Witch

by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends December 08, 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!

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Saltwater Witch Goodreads Giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saltwater Witch by Chris Howard

Saltwater Witch

by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends June 28, 2012.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Full Description: Author giveaway of two signed copies of Saltwater Witch along with an illustration from the Saltwater Witch graphic novel. Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange—somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.
Enter to win one!  It's free!

Swapping books

Goodreads-bookswap

I just packed up my first book for GoodReads Bookswap, and it will be in the mail tomorrow morning.  This is really cool stuff. I put Saltwater Witch up as a book "I own" and am willing to send off to a reader.  Then a reader looking for books makes a request and GoodReads does the whole back and forth with addresses and even prints out the pre-paid shipping label on my side.  So, I signed the book, wrapped it up, and it's ready to go.

Anyone else using GoodReads Bookswap?

 

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