My Experience with Amazon & Goodreads Giveaways


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Amazon has a new giveaway option for physical products, like print books. Scroll down toward the bottom of the product page to find this option.

Update: KDP authors can now run Amazon Giveaways for e-books, too.

Goodreads also has an option for authors to give away free books.

I’ve run several Goodreads giveaways and I’ve also run four Amazon Giveaways to give free print books away.

Here is how the two giveaway programs compare:


Goodreads giveaways win when it comes to the author’s cost:

  • At Goodreads, you can order author copies directly then ship them yourself with the cheapest shipping method available (economical if you restrict the winners to your own country). If you live in the US, you can also ship to US addresses via media mail. (It may be even more economical to drop-ship directly to the customer, rather than order…

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Winning Short Story – Tell Me to Go by Thomas Cannon

This was a great opportunity to have my story performed. The performer jazzed it up and did a great job!

Novel Writing Festival

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A naïve young man does not realize that his girlfriend is trying to get him to break up with her. She has most likely cheated on him, but his passivity is also to blame for their problems.

Why should this story be read by people?

It is a mainstream flash fiction story.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Paralytic naivety

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I love the Fisher King. With Jeff Bridges as a shock jock trying to find redemption and Robin Williams as a homeless person on a quest to find the Holy Grail, it is packed with humor and dramatic scenes.

How long have you been working on this story?

This is a story I wrote 20 years ago. Every so often I pull…

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview —— Lost Sparrow Press, DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2017

I submitted to this press. A small thing but I really liked that you can submit 4 poems and upload them separately. That way you do not need to paste them together in a document first.

Trish Hopkinson

lspLost Sparrow Press is a new small independent press recently founded by publisher/editor, Logan R. This new indie press will focus on poetry, literary, and art publications and is “dedicated to the vast world of humanity and the many differences therein.”

I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked him a few questions to find out. See my interview with Logan and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Lost Sparrow Press.

LOGAN: We are a small press just starting out, though we do have big dreams. The idea started with me and now I’ve got some great folks on board, but we are still working out the roles for everyone.

As a press we are focused on being a place for the poet and artist still lurking in the shadows to be heard. We are going to publish well-crafted, engaging…

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My Post-Conference High — S. M. Nystoriak’s Writer’s Block

Greetings! I just got home from a writer’s conference, and it was a good one. I thought I might share some of the awesomeness with you all. First, a little bit of background: I heard about the Lakefly Literary conference in OshKosh, Wisconsin on Twitter a few months ago, when one of my good […] via … Continue reading My Post-Conference High — S. M. Nystoriak’s Writer’s Block