The OF Blog: I'm thinking of having a giveaway here

Monday, April 14, 2008

I'm thinking of having a giveaway here

When I decided to make this blog more visible a year ago, I mostly eschewed having promotional giveaways, instead preferring to arrange those for wotmania rather than here. However, after looking at a growing pile of review copies that I just cannot review adequately because they are the sequels (in one case, the fifth volume of a book) in multivolume series, I am considering doing a giveaway.

Now since I like creative responses, there certainly would be more than just a random draw element. I'm thinking a contest here. What that contest will be, I am not sure, although I have a vague inkling of what it might be. As for the books, well, I'll list those at another time, as any contest will have to wait until mid-May at the earliest, since I'm brokeass poor at the moment after paying my 2007 income taxes. But I can say that the books will represent a wide range of subgenres, from urban fantasy to epic fantasy to SF and a few points in-between. Hopefully the vague hope of nabbing a desired book for free will entice people to enter.

But before I do any of this, I have to see substantial interest. I don't want to offer a dozen books or more (many in hardcover, most of the rest in tradeback) and have only a half-dozen people enter. I need to gauge the interest for this. So if you're inclined to participate if/when I make an official post next month, please respond here. Thank you.

P.S. Due to shipping costs, this shall be US only. Sorry, but I cannot afford to spend $20+ to ship a single book outside the US.

25 comments:

Pie said...

yeah, this will be fun. and I only have a backlog of 1.5 books.

Sara J. said...

Well, you could count me in if I lived 1 hour to the south of here *grin*

Tia Nevitt said...

I'm interested. I'm intrigued by the promised non-randomness.

Larry said...

Well, I might reconsider for Canada, although the blasted customs forms annoy me to no end. But I know that Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania are out of the question.

And as for the non-randomness, it'll involve a years-long running gag of mine and another, I think.

Cougs said...

you can count me in.

Joe Sherry said...

Yeah, I'm interested.

Phelix said...

Heh... I'm always interested in free books. Now, the question becomes: can I trust you with my address?

Larry said...

Well, if I'm actually considering mailing something with MY full mailing address on it, what do you think? ;)

Phelix said...

Oooh... the evil I could get into with your full mailing address!

Yeah, sure you can count me in... though, I can't promise I'll win your odd challenge. My mind might not be twisted enough for you. :P

Larry said...

Well, don't let the "cat" out of the bag just yet, since I might change my mind on what the contest will involve (besides 4-6 winning prizes of 2-3 books each).

Phelix said...

Heh... Cat's got my tongue. ;)

Anonymous said...

you could have a contest based on the "If ASOIAF was written by other authors" thread. criteria could be creativity, humor, similarity to other author, etc

http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?showtopic=1430

had me cracking up

Larry said...

I could, but what I have in mind is a bit stranger than that, but also quite fitting with my personality. The topic I have in mind barely relates to SF issues but instead is quite creative in another sense. Oh, and it'll make many people laugh.

More in a few weeks, I promise.

SQT said...

I do a lot of giveaways because I have too many books to review. The publishers are just as happy when I do a giveaway as when I do a review and if you ship media mail (in the U.S.) it's pretty inexpensive. Overseas shipping isn't cheap though...

Anonymous said...

It's gonna be about squirrels? isn't it?

Orkus said...

I say, go for it.

Larry said...

Anon, do I know you from somewhere? :P

waterfowl said...

I'm in. I like non-random. (I never win anything randomly, anyway.)

grey_tinman said...

I'd participate.

Antigrapist said...

I'm in. Free books are always fun. :D

Travis said...

I'm always up for a book giveaway. Count me in.

Mandrag said...

I'm game for the contest. School ends in about a month so I will have a lot of free time on my hands!

Si- said...

Only US!!
how sad...

As I live in New Zealand.

CarnCarn said...

Count me in!

Tim said...

Yeah I love book giveaway's. I will definitely enter and maybe get a few other people to enter if I can talk them into it.

 
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