Give away

Thanks for nothing, Goodreads

Heere's a post I put up on goodreads":

Thanks for Nothing, Goodreads

I recently had a giveaway for my book. I mistakenly thought this would be of some value, even if only slightly.

Nope. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Nothing.

The people who signed up from my giveaway, who didn't win don't get notified after the giveaway ends. So, if they actually considered my book, there was no prompt to go buy the book.

I asked Goodreads why they don't notify the losers after the contest ends.

They said that many of their readers enter so many giveaways that it would be inconvenient to receive so many notices.

Here is my reply.....


Thanks for your reply.

I would think that anyone who enters hundreds of book giveaways per day should expect to receive hundreds of emails telling them they didn't win, inconvenient or not. If they spam giveaway entries, they should expect a spam of replies.

I find it inconvenient as an author to give away books, my time, and the cost of shipping to get nothing more than a passing reference as someone clicks down the list of available giveaways. 

Again, I gave away five (5) books, sent the to the winners, and have had zero (0) benefit. A notice to a person who truly considered my book that they weren't selected as a winner could be a benefit to the person who made the giveaway possible.


Philip Carroll, Author.


Freshening the Pot: Kindle Voyager Giveaway

I've already mentioned I'm giving away a Kindle Voyager to some lucky reader/reviewer who buys my book and writes an Honest review on

To recap: The first person to review gets five entries into the pool. Anyone who gets an entry in the first week, that's before Sunday, October 5th at Midnight Pacific time. And after that, anyone who gets a review in before October 31st at midnight will get one entry.

Sweetening the deal: I like my book. I edited it five times before sending it to Jen Hendricks, and editor, and edited it again after she sent it back. I think I've made the effort and taken the time to make it the best I can, so far.

I will give another giveaway entry to anyone who is first to find an error and post it as a comment to this post. Misspelled words, misused words, and contradictions of myself, and whatever else you can find that is a legitimate error, add it below and I will tell you if I think you are right and if you are first.

Thank you for helping me make Flypaper Boy a better book.

Philip Carroll