Giveaway Blues

If you follow authors on social media you've probably seen the news by now. Goodreads is changing their Giveaway service for authors; well they're not really changing anything. They list 4 features for their standard package, which is $119, but most of those features already exist in some capacity. It's a bold move to charge authors (a lot of them indie) to pay over a hundred dollars to give their book away for free. It might end up working out for Goodreads but I know it won't be from me.

The email from Goodreads announcing these changes really bummed me out. Personally, I loved giving my books away to anyone willing to read them (reviews or not) because I like the idea that I'm entertaining another person. Sure they might think what I write is a piece of shit and laugh the whole way through (or just use the book as a frisbee) but it's still entertainment.

I will not be participating in the Giveaway program anymore, but I am pretty liberal with my product so if you want to read my books (present and future) feel free to just drop me a line and I'll most likely send you a copy. Ask politely with the right emoticons and I'll probably send you a paperback.

"Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity."
-Thor Heyerdahl
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Published on November 29, 2017 06:07 Tags: announcement, giveaway, reading-writing
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh dear. This is heavy. Now, i'm bummed. Your books look great. Well, i'm gonna buy 'em from Amazon. Saving up. Gee. I'm flummoxed. Pulling for you all the way.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

This is too much. Totally bummed.


message 3: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Gold A. wrote: "This is too much. Totally bummed."

can always count on you A :)
you know I'd always be happy to send you a copy lol


message 4: by MissBecka (new)

MissBecka Gee This is so sad.


message 5: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Gold MissBecka wrote: "This is so sad."

It really is. It really makes hosting a giveaway on the most powerful author platform out of reach for a lot of writers.


message 6: by MissBecka (new)

MissBecka Gee So sad. Just hurts the little guy.


message 7: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I haven't found GR giveaways to be that effective at getting reviews or sales. I stopped doing them awhile ago. I can't understand why Goodreads would want to charge for this, expect everyone besides the author makes out from our books. :(


message 8: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Gold MissBecka wrote: "So sad. Just hurts the little guy."

Pretty much. I mean they have every right to do it, but I won't be sad if it blows up in their face.


message 9: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Gold Rebecca wrote: "I haven't found GR giveaways to be that effective at getting reviews or sales. I stopped doing them awhile ago. I can't understand why Goodreads would want to charge for this, expect everyone besid..."

It certainly limits the volume of giveaway requests they'll receive. Maybe they're hoping it'll increase the quality? I don't know. It doesn't make much sense to me because they're selling their infrastructure, but what made their infrastructure so valuable was it was free and built in. Now we might as well just drop $599 on AMS ads instead.


message 10: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda R.K. wrote: "Rebecca wrote: "I haven't found GR giveaways to be that effective at getting reviews or sales. I stopped doing them awhile ago. I can't understand why Goodreads would want to charge for this, expec..."

And, that's probably the point. They figure it will increase AMS ads because there's a chance of the author making money there rather than just giving away books.


message 11: by R.K. (new)

R.K. Gold Rhonda wrote: "R.K. wrote: "Rebecca wrote: "I haven't found GR giveaways to be that effective at getting reviews or sales. I stopped doing them awhile ago. I can't understand why Goodreads would want to charge fo..."

sounds about right


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

R.K. wrote: "A. wrote: "This is too much. Totally bummed."

can always count on you A :)
you know I'd always be happy to send you a copy lol"


Thanks. That would be neat.


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