Tomorrow, I am starting a giveaway using Rafflecopter. I don’t do many giveaways and I’ll explain why in a moment. The prize is a signed, limited edition hardback of Tortured Dreams. I’m only having 11 of them printed total, so it really will be a very limited edition prize. It comes with a special swag pack. There are two other special swag packs that are involved in the giveaway. However, the giveaway hasn’t even started yet and I already feel guilty.
The guilt stems from the problem that there has to be winners and losers. I get the purpose of a giveaway, but those that enter will be doing it because they like my books (especially since there are some interesting entry options). So, I feel guilty that I can’t give everyone a grand prize. Of course, if I could give everyone a grand prize, it would completely negate the purpose of the giveaway… Circular logic should be one of the rings of Hell. Just imagine being forced to deal with circular logic all day, every day, from someone like Einstein or Oppenheimer or Alice Cooper (I’m actually a huge fan of Alice Cooper, not so much for his music, but because he is really smart and I just have a thing for smart people… Intelligence is a lot sexier than looks, money, employment, accomplishments, or anything else I can think of that makes one person attractive to another, it is very closely followed by a good sense of humor).
I’ve talked to other writers who told me similar things; yes one person will get a grand prize, but everyone will enjoy participating, giveaways are fun, don’t feel guilty. But I do. This is why I haven’t run many (I’ve run one). And the reason why I balk every time someone suggests one to me.
However, I’m going through with this one and if it goes okay, I will start thinking about future giveaways.