NO MORE AMAZON GIVEAWAYS
October 10, 2019 will be the last day that you can run an Amazon Giveaway. (To do so, visit the product page for any eligible item at Amazon.com.)
October 17, 2019 will be the last day to enter Amazon Giveaways as a customer. Until then, you can find Amazon Giveaways here:
What will you do after that?
Authors can still create contests for free books through Goodreads Giveaways.
I currently have a Goodreads Giveaway for my new Fun with Roman Numerals math workbook. You can enter my giveaway until October 7, 2019:
- Goodreads is a popular site for readers.
- Giveaways generate interest, and almost all entrants add your book to their To-Read lists, which adds activity to your book’s Goodreads page.
- The price per-book for a Kindle eBook giveaway is pretty reasonable if you choose to give away 100 books. You pay a flat fee for the giveaway price, but don’t need to purchase eBooks on top of that. (However, for a print giveaway, you do need to pay for books, shipping, and packing in addition to the giveaway fee.)
- A successful giveaway can generate significant interest at Goodreads. I’ve run several dozen giveaways (mostly for print books) for books in my name and in pen names, with very often at least 1000 to 2000 entrants, occasionally more. Really popular coming attractions can generate heavy interest, though of course it’s not as easy to have that popular title.
- You’re likely to receive some reviews at Goodreads (unless you only give away a few books). (You’re less likely to receive Amazon reviews from Goodreads Giveaways, but it does happen, just not as often.)
- For a print giveaway, you can include a bookmark and a brief thank-you note, for example.
- You can run a giveaway for a long period of time (like a month). Although you gain the most exposure on the first and last days, the days in between add up when there are several of them. (A recent newsletter from Goodreads, which includes tips for a successful giveaway, suggests having multiple giveaways leading up to publication.)
- More people get the chance to enjoy your book. 🙂
- Goodreads Giveaways have a significant up-front cost. This is the main con, but it’s a big one.
- For a print giveaway, you have to purchase author copies, pack, and ship them, in addition to the giveaway fee.
- Not as many winners review books on Amazon as they do at Goodreads, if Amazon reviews are what you’re hoping for.
- Currently, you can only run a giveaway for entrants in the United States and/or Canada, which limits worldwide exposure.
Write Happy, Be Happy
Author of the Improve Your Math Fluency series of math workbooks and self-publishing guides