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message 1: by Ariella (new)

Ariella Cohen (goodreadscomariella_cohen-author) | 2 comments Is it possible to do a giveaway that includes the book and also a basket of Italian treats as the novel revolves around an Italian grocery?"


message 2: by P.D. (new)

P.D. Workman (pdworkman) The only requirement that I know is that you have to give away a hard copy book. If you choose to add other things, and indicate that in your description, I don't see a problem.

I am not a Goodreads employee or specialist.


message 3: by Emily (new)

Emily Ariella wrote: "Is it possible to do a giveaway that includes the book and also a basket of Italian treats as the novel revolves around an Italian grocery?""

Hey Ariella! For your giveaway, you must give away a hard copy of the book, all the winners must receive the same prize, and the value can't exceed $500. The basket of treats sounds like a fun idea, but it may be worth thinking through potential pitfalls before you commit (for example, cost of shipping the basket, sending perishable goods in the mail, and any winners who might have a food allergy). If you want to discuss further, please feel free to email support at goodreads dot com and we can advise you on best practices.


message 4: by Ariella (new)

Ariella Cohen (goodreadscomariella_cohen-author) | 2 comments thank you for getting back to me, Emily. great advice.


message 5: by Jacquelyn (new)

Jacquelyn Verze-Reeher (JacquelynVerze-Reeher) | 3 comments Its sad and somewhat despicable that paperback authors get free giveaways but ebook authors have to dig into their invisible pile of dough and pay up. #Unfair #SMH
The whole point to doing a "Free giveaway" is the hope for people to review your book in return. The fact that #Goodreads is requiring ebook authors to pay for this service is in itself "paying for reviews" which is something that #Gooodreads says they do not allow, soooo what the heck?
And no i'm not the only one upset about this just read the comments left on Publishers Weekly:
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by...


message 6: by Faith (new)

Faith Jacquelyn wrote: "Its sad and somewhat despicable that paperback authors get free giveaways but ebook authors have to dig into their invisible pile of dough and pay up. #Unfair #SMH
The whole point to doing a "Free ..."


The benefit of the giveaways is not the reviews, which you are unlikely to get, but in the advertising and increased awareness of your book. Authors who giveaway print copies do pay, for the books and postage. The fee for digital giveaways has nothing to do with "paying for reviews" that analogy is nonsensical, especially since the winners of the giveaway are not required to review the book. The recipient of the free book, whether physical or digital, is not being paid for a review. It may be a little harsh charging the same fee to offer one digital copy as they charge for 100 copies, but if you don't like the cost of this advertising, then don't participate.


message 7: by Jacquelyn (new)

Jacquelyn Verze-Reeher (JacquelynVerze-Reeher) | 3 comments 9 out 10 authors I've talked to who do giveaways say that they get reviews out of doing it. So the analogy is sensical based off their experience. Btw I've emailed with like 130 of them.


message 8: by Mark (new)

Mark Lewis christensen | 2 comments Jacquelyn wrote: "9 out 10 authors I've talked to who do giveaways say that they get reviews out of doing it. So the analogy is sensical based off their experience. Btw I've emailed with like 130 of them."

I agree it does seem VERY off and unfair.


message 9: by Mark (new)

Mark Lewis christensen | 2 comments Jacquelyn wrote: "Its sad and somewhat despicable that paperback authors get free giveaways but ebook authors have to dig into their invisible pile of dough and pay up. #Unfair #SMH
The whole point to doing a "Free ..."


I've seen a big upset about it all over Facebook too. Its not right. Its not like these people are James Patterson...they don't have the money for this nonsense.


message 10: by Danny (new)

Danny Johnson | 41 comments would just like to point out that if you are a traditionally published author, the publishing company set these give a ways up as part of a total publicity campaign...


message 11: by Tina (new)

Tina Weaver (tinaweaver) | 28 comments Faith wrote: "Jacquelyn wrote: "Its sad and somewhat despicable that paperback authors get free giveaways but ebook authors have to dig into their invisible pile of dough and pay up. #Unfair #SMH
The whole point..."


Sad but true. No giveaway guarantees reviews. There are people who think paid reviews are viewed as good reviews. I have sold over 500 E and PBack books and have only 19 reviews. All good and they are valid, real and much appreciated. I have a great book I'd like to get into the hands of readers. Getting them to review is like handing them a script. That may be a good idea. Write up a fill-in-the-blank scipt and insert it in the book. {smile}


message 12: by Danny (new)

Danny Johnson | 41 comments Tina, you might be on to something :)


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