A little over a week ago I wrote a post asking people if they could find the time to review my books on Amazon, and offering a small incentive in the form of a signed copy of The Little Book of the Icelanders that all reviewers would have a chance to win. Those who posted a review on both books doubled their chances at capturing the prize.
Before I get to the important stuff, I do want to say that I was a bit uncertain about this beforehand. If there is anything that an indie author with the least bit of integrity wishes to avoid it is biased reviews of his/her books. There have been well-documented instances of people actually paying people to review their books, which is way out there in terms of ethics for most of us. Sadly, these well-documented cases have cast a shadow over all indie book reviews, since those who read them can never be sure who actually posted them, or their reasons for doing so.
So running a giveaway to incite people to write a review was venturing precariously close to the edge, in my opinion. However, I reasoned that I wasn’t actually paying people with the book, i.e. not everyone who wrote a review got a book. And I really did want to make it worthwhile for people, because I know everyone’s time is precious and actually sitting down and writing a review of someone else’s book – that note bene they’ve already gone and purchased – is not something that people may think of as a fun activity in their spare time.
But anyway. Today was the day I decided to pick a winner, and that’s what I’ve done. My initial plan was to use Rafflecopter to spin the wheel, as it were, but it turns out you can’t manually add names to a giveaway unless people have started entering it already. So I just did it the old fashioned way.
First, I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper [I took the names from both the amazon.com and amazon.co.uk sites, because for some ridiculous reason the reviews don't sync between the two]:
Scrunched them all up and dropped into a bowl:
In went my hand [a little blurry because trying to hold iPad steady with one hand and snap photo]:
And finally – ta da! – out came the winner.
So, yeah, “99 magpies” is the winner, and is kindly requested to contact me so I can send them a signed copy of The Little Book of the Icelanders.
To everyone else, a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU for taking part. You are so awesome!