Unexpectedly, my giveaways ended last night at midnight. Gee, I gotta learn how to tell time one of these days! I meant for all of them to run through today and end at midnight but they ended at midnight last night. Oh well.
So I got my winners from GoodReads those books will be ordered and shipped directly to their winners on Monday. I don’t have to sign those. I picked the winner for the Hot Halloween Heroes Blog Hop but haven’t heard back from them. I need to send the winner of the Wicked Warriors Blog Hop their $15.00 gift certificate on Monday too. I changed the site, took all of the info about the giveaway off it along with the info on buying signed paperbacks…I’m not doing that anymore. I WILL do it one last time when “Kingdoms” releases but that’s it. I got the OF WAR 1 & 2 Combo Pack back to its original price of $3.99…anyone who missed out when it was FREE or when it was $0.99 is now SOL. I haven’t decided if I’m taking it off Kindle Select Exclusive yet or not, the Anthology is up on Smashwords at $7.99 and I may put 1 & 2 up there as well mostly to get it into iBooks and Kobo, both of which keep with Kindle fairly well. Basically, either one you buy it’s either “buy 1 get 1 free” or “buy 2 get 1 free”.
Everything is back to what has come to be considered ‘normal’ with all of the above.
All’s well there. Phew.
Upon realizing the Super Grand Prize Giveaway had ended I went over to Rafflecopter and had the thing select a winner. I admittedly I was a little disappointed when I saw the only thing they’d done was sent out a Tweet about the giveaway but a deal’s a deal. I emailed them letting them know they won. They got back to me in a few hours. Oh they were so excited! I was excited for them until I read the shipping address; Romania.
I stated the contest was open to US Residents and/or those overseas who had someone in the US willing to take delivery. I did that because sending a little bracelet to Belgium cost me a small fortune and there’s no way in hell I’m paying for overseas shipping on a 15lb package! Uh-ah, no way, I don’t even want to imagine what that fee looks like! LOL
I emailed back saying I was sorry and re-stating the contest rules, I offered to send her all 4 ebooks instead of the 4 paperbacks, 1 coffee mug, 1 tshirt, and 1 calendar. Thankfully she was just as thrilled with that so I sent them to her and apologized again for the confusion. I don’t hold her responsible I have little doubt she entered through one of the Blog Tour Posts I had going last month. I KNOW for a fact that MOST of those blog owners did NOT post the rules for the giveaway they just posted the Rafflecopter so people could enter.
Yeah. That’s the last time I do that! On so many levels. The thing wasn’t worth the money I shelled out for it and neither is the one coming up that I’m just ignoring for now. I paid for 15 stops for the upcoming tour and I got 7 or 8 out of the debacle. One is supposed to contain a review for the entire series if that goes well then maybe it will be worth what I paid for it, which admittedly, wasn’t very much cuz I got it ‘on sale’.🙂
I tried to pick another winner but the stupid Rafflecopter thing wouldn’t let me. I must have hit the wrong button or something and closed the thing out completely.
This leaves me with a big dilemma; what to do with the prize pack? It’s sitting right here. It’s been sitting right here for almost a month just waiting for someone to love it. Truth be told, I am very bummed over it. I put a LOT of time and effort into the whole Last Blast Promo thing and now I’m stuck with the Grand Prize. What a let down. How anti-climatic can you get?
So I’m thinking about doing some type of Christmas Giveaway. Actually, I had been thinking of running MY OWN HOP for Christmas; Indie Light. Or something like that. If I go through with it then it will be for Indie Authors ONLY so I don’t know how much interest I’d be able to garner for that. Maybe we’ll see. Maybe we won’t. LOL If anyone out there is interested in such a thing drop a note and let me know. If I don’t do that then….I dunno. Run another FB party? The last one was successful and people seemed to have fun. Heck, I already have 7 prizes to giveaway! I could add a few more. I do have the annotated copy of “Dream Weaver” and a regular copy of “Dream Weaver” someone might like to have “Dream Weaver” with author’s notes scribbled all over it…I guess. If FAB finishes with all my f’ups in “OBSESSION” there might be a copy of that as well to giveaway. I am hoping she finishes with it soon as I’d like to re-release it around Christmas but it’s no big deal either way.
So…if anybody out there has any ideas on how I should go about running my next giveaway please let me know!
One thing’s for sure; I will NEVER do anything like this again. It nearly zapped ALL the FUN out of writing for me. I am done with big promos and the lack of a winner for the Grand Prize Pack kinda proves my point on that one.