Amanda Mariel on Giveaways

congratsHello everyone, Amanda Mariel here talking about author giveaways, and I have one for you also!

Authors often run giveaway’s to promote their books and reward their readers as well as to gain new readers. I have given away everything from eBooks and signed paperbacks to gift cards, kindles, and even a Scottish laird/lady title. It is always a lot of fun to gift things to readers as well as to interact with them on contest threads. But it also leaves me wondering about a few things:

  1. What do readers really want to see in a prize?

As readers one would think that books and gift cards to buy books or devices to read them on would be among the top desired prizes, however, giving away something unique that a reader may not buy for themselves like a title or kilt is very cool. Is there something readers want us to giveaway that we have not? If so what is it?

  1. Do readers remember the name/names of the authors doing the giveaway?

This is a big one for me especially when it comes to multi author giveaways. The whole point of authors doing giveaways is to reward current readers and gain new ones. I cannot help but wonder how effective we are being when most of our giveaways consist of answer a question or enter the rafflecopter. How can we get the most effectiveness out of giveaways? How do readers prefer to see a giveaway set up?

  1. How can we as authors make our giveaways more personal? And do readers even want to connect over a giveaway?

I do some of my giveaways on my website because I think that at least this way the readers entering are stepping into my world to do so. Hopefully they will take the time to poke around a bit, read my bio, and look at my books, but there is no guarantee and even then I am not interacting with them. Others are done on my Face Book fan page and I generally do get to interact a little with readers this way. When a giveaway is done via Rafflecopter or Kingsumo there is zero interaction. As readers, do you want to chat as part of a giveaway? Or would you rather enter and run? How do you as a reader suggest authors maximize their interactions with readers during a giveaway?


As I said when I started this post, I have a giveaway for you. In celebration of Regency Ever After my fellow authors and I have come together to giveaway an eBook collection, $25 Amazon gift card, and a Kindle. Regency Ever After is a seven author box set of all new-never before read-fairy tale inspired Regency novellas that are only available in the set. It includes USA Today bestselling authors Meara Platt, Tammy Andresen, Ari Thatcher, (me) Amanda Mariel, and bestselling authors Collette Cameron, Dawn Brower, and Sue London. You can learn more about the set here:






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Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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  1. ki pha

    Giveaways are great. And I love connecting with authors even without a giveaway. It’s great knowing the writers behind the heroes and heroines we adore. I also host giveaways sometimes too just for the heck of giving things like books and swag away (as a cleaning mechanism). I don’t enter them as much anymore though. I’m pretty sure I don’t need anymore books and swag no matter how tempting, unless I’ll kill for it, but I just pass on it now or buy it.