Would you Comment for a Million Dollars? ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

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Today I thought I’d try to a public service for authors. No, I’m not going to quit writing, sorry. Instead I want to give a little test to everyone reading this. Ah yes, I can hear all the mouse clicks hitting the little “x” to close this page. (And that was over all the groans of people going, “test? Are you kidding me? Doesn’t he know it’s a holiday?”) Stick with me, it’s not so bad—really. Okay, pencils up, let’s begin:

  • Raise your hand if you’ve seen an author giveaway?
  • Raise your hand if you’ve entered an author giveaway.
  • Finally, (see I told you this was easy, squeezey lemon peasy) raise your hand if you’ve entered all the author giveaways you’ve seen.

Okay give me a minute here—excellent, you’ve all passed.

So, why don’t folks enter giveaway? Recently I ran a very easy contest on my newsletter. [If you’re not a subscriber, click here to sign up.] All people needed to do was answer a few questions like the ones above and then leave a comment. Prize? A gift card. (Money!) I had hundreds of people read the newsletter (well hundreds opened the email at least) and 10 entered. That means only less than 10% entered a contest to give them money for taking an anonymous survey and leaving a comment. Now, I can hear the wheels turning—“if I sign up for his newsletter and do a few really easy things, he’ll give me money?” Yes, that is correct. I don’t do it every day, but generally I have some kind of giveaway on my newsletter. The ratio of people who open the email to those who enter is generally in the single digits, which means the chances of winning are high.

And yet. Single digits. I wonder. If I said, “leave a comment for a chance to win a million dollars,” how many of the people reading would enter? (I’m not so don’t come knocking on my door asking for your million dollars) I suspect most everyone reading would leave a comment.* Why not? It’s two seconds of work for a chance to win a crapton of money.

But some won’t. They’ll say, “my odds of winning are so low.” It’s not worth two seconds of my time to leave a comment to maybe win a million dollars. True, true.

What if everyone who entered got a million dollars? Now I dare say, the ratio of people who read the post to those who entered would be well over 100%. (people would enter using every email address they could create. It’s all they’d do until their hands fell off from typing.)

So let’s recap:

    • Most people won’t enter for a chance to win a small amount of cash—proven by my extremely precise contest run via my newsletter.
    • Most people will enter for a chance to win a large amount of cash—speculation with a high degree of probability.
    • More than everyone alive will comment if they were guaranteed a large amount of cash if they did—everyone but that Nigerian Prince who is constantly emailing me to give me money, he has enough.

So class…sorry, I mean, let’s move on. Most of us don’t have a million dollars, let alone an infinite number of million dollars to dole out as prizes. Funny enough, I DO have an infinite number of eBooks I can give away. In fact, I’m trying to give away a million copies of The Last Grand Master. Seriously, I’ll give everyone who asks a copy (if they sign up for my newsletter that they don’t ever have to open let alone read.


Despite the fact I’m trying to give away an infinite number of copies, like the small amount of money, the number of takers is low. Since I can’t get everyone who opened my newsletter this month to enter for free cash, I’m plum outta ideas on how to get them to take a free eBook.

Applying what we just learned to reality—my reality, not anyone else’s because it’s clear I’ve got my head stuck in my…never mind—how do we apply this to books and readers? On it’s face, the simple answer is give everyone who buys my book a million dollars and I’d be a best selling author. I asked Mike (dear husband) and he said no, I was not allowed to make that offer.

Truth is, time is probably our greatest asset and we all have so little of it. I’m sure if I could give each person who downloaded my book time to read it as well—extra time, like extra days to your life, time—people would flock to take the free download. Alas, I am not a divine creature. But, if you’d like a copy click below:


Okay, class dismissed! J

*[Brandilyn gives away a million. . . $25 dollars every month to someone who comments on one of the posts published that month? Yep, it’s true. Isn’t that reason enough to comment?]

~Andrew Q Gordon


Title: Kings of Lore and Legend
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: 03/15/2016
Cover Artist: Angsty G
Genre: Fantasy


Dumbarten should have been the end of Farrell’s efforts to find his distant ancestor Kel, but the Six have other plans. Farrell is told to continue his search for answers in Agloth, the temple city to Seritia. Forced by the Goddess to ride across the vast continent of Lourdria, Farrell and his companion learn that Meglar’s reach extends well beyond the borders of Ardus. And Agloth, despite being dedicated to the Goddess of Love, is also home to a millennia-old curse that Farrell must end if he wants to complete his task.

Answers don’t come easily, and Farrell determines he must travel to the Dwarf Kingdom of Colograd to continue his quest. When an ally of Meglar’s threatens Agloth, Farrell cuts short his time in Colograd and rushes back to defend Seritia’s home. The attack seems doomed to fail, but the death of one of his companions distracts Farrell at a critical moment. Battling against his crushing grief, Farrell struggles to save Agloth, his friends, and himself. And even if he survives, he still hasn’t found Kel or his answers.


Kings of Lore and Legend on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

About Andrew Q Gordon

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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

Follow Andrew:

On his website: www.andrewqgordon.com,

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,

On Twitter: @andrewqgordon,

Or just email him: andrewqgordon@gmail.com


From Wayward Ink Publishing:
A Closed Door

From DSP Publications:
The Last Grand Master: (Champion of the Gods – Book 1)
The Eye and the Arm: (Champion of the Gods – Book 2) 
From Dreamspinner Press:

Self published:
Ashes of Life

Farewell Giveaway
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Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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12 thoughts on “Would you Comment for a Million Dollars? ~ Outside the Margins with Andrew Q Gordon

  1. Andrew, I comment for $5.00’s. That is why I think I win a lot, because all those small winnings add up. If I see a rafflecopter that is giving away a large amount of money, they require a lot of task. That takes a great amount of time to do. What makes me mad, and I won’t ever buy an author’s work, is when you can only enter a contest if you buy their book. That quality, is not endearing, and I’m not the only one who feels that way. If I could afford to buy all the books I wanted to read, I wouldn’t enter a contest.

    • Audrey – Agreed, a contest should be simple. The last few ones I’ve had were leave a comment, period.

      As the theme of the post suggests, I was a bit surprised so few people wanted money. less than 10% that opened the email – not 10% of the emails sent, this was 10% of those who opened and presumably read the email – wanted to enter. (And I counted every comment, hi, bye, you stink, whatever it was.)

      I think this is why I didn’t become a psych major, I don’t understand the human psyche very well. 😛

      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

  2. Thanks for the post! I would have entered your contest, but I was not signed up for your newsletter. I have rectified that now. 🙂 I would also download the free book, but I already own it.

    • Hey Jen,

      Yep, saw you signed up. And had you been signed up before, you would not have pushed the needle over 5% – like I’ve said, I find it funny that so few want money – I could see if I was offering book 2 free and a lot (dare I hope most) of the newsletter readers already owned book 2, but this was a gift card.

      But then again, for those who do enter – the odds of winner goes so much higher. 🙂

    • Hi Laurie,

      I understand the need to win a few books now and then – even if you had a bigger book budget you’d still have a longer list of books you wanted to read but couldn’t buy. Something about never have enough of a good thing.

      Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. I’m already signed up for your newsletter and I remember the survey. I hope my answers were useful (although I don’t really think the newsletter needs any improvement =D).

    I love seeing giveaways but don’t always enter all the ones I come across. I think it’s a great promotion device that authors choose to use and even better for hopeful readers that can’t quite afford the book at the time.

    • Thanks H.B. You were one of the Ten who answered the survey and entered the giveaway.

      Yes the answers were helpful. I’ll have another giveaway (no survey this month) at the end of the month.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  4. I just signed up for your newsletter, but alas cannot take you up on your offer of your book since I already have a copy from DSPP. Thanks anyway! I’ll be sure to try to remember to enter any contests you have though. I love winning free books or GCs for books.

    • Thanks Lisa,

      As I said in other comments, I’ll have another giveaway this month n advance of the release of Book Four. DSPP is going to be giving away copies of book 2 so be on the look out for those as well.

      Thanks for reading today and commenting.

  5. This was a very interesting (and timely) post! Just this evening my husband and I were discussing contests/giveaways on all of the various social media platforms. It’s fascinating what people see and pay attention to compared with what they miss. In the last month I’ve seen giveaways for a nook ereader (6 entries) a kobo ereader (4 entries), an ipad (0 entries) and a box of chocolates (0 entries). I’ve also seen so many for a $5 gift card or an ebook that have hundreds of unique entries. The amount of effort to enter all of them was minimal. I don’t enter many giveaways, but one quirk I do have is that I tend not to enter any that require me to publicly list my e-mail address in the comment.

  6. I’m so surprised that few of people entered your contest. I’ve signed up for your newsletter and would love/appreciate your book.

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