A few months ago I blogged on Amazon giveaways. It’s a neat new feature, and I like it. But I wasn’t in love with the entrance requirements. At the time, basically about the only option to require was that people follow you on Twitter, and I find Twitter fairly useless for promoting the purchase of books. It’s great if you want to mock Kim Kardashian or engage in silly conversations about The Bachelorette with strangers, though.

So recently, Amazon added a better option for authors doing book giveaways: for entrants to follow you on AMAZON in order to enter the contest. Now you’re talking, Amazon. So if 3000 people enter your contest, then those 3000 people will get emails from Amazon next time you release a new book. SWEET.

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If you want to enter to win a copy of my Heaven to Betsy (Emily #1), you can, too: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/8718d33fbbfe4af2#ln-en.

Thanks, Papa Jeff.



pamela author portraitPamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, hilarious nonfiction, and  series mysteries, like Katie & Annalise which includes the bestselling Saving Graceand Emily which she kicks off with the 2015 WINNER of the USA Best Book Award for Cross Genre Fiction, Heaven to Betsy. She resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and experimenting with her Keurig. She also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound (if she gets a good running start).

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4 Responses to Nifty Enhancement to Amazon Giveaways

  1. Awesome! Is there anyway to check and see how many people are following your Amazon page?

    • Eric says:

      None that we’ve found. And at first we were dismayed at how the individual email promotion of an author was tied to these follows. Just another thing that an author has to try to get people to do. But these giveaways are a partial solution to that problem, and we’re pretty excited about them.

  2. […] there (I enclose letters when I mail the books, asking for them to leave an honest review). Run a giveaway on Amazon to encourage follows, and request the honest review from the winners. These aren’t […]

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