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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
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.
About Andrew Q Gordon
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.
On his website: www.andrewqgordon.com,
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,
On Twitter: @andrewqgordon,
Or just email him: email@example.com
Ashes of Life
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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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