Rod Raglin

This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection,  the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.

The cost of giving away free books

The cost of giving away free books  


My Goodreads giveaway attracted twelve hundred and seventeen entries to win four paperbacks. Loving the Terrorist received five hundred and thirty-four and Saving Spirit Bear six hundred and eighty-three.


I just mailed the books to the four winners and the postage was $51.50, half of that was to send one book to a winner in Australia.


Tip: You might want to limit the entries to Canada and United States unless you're rich or have a big following overseas.


When you factor in what Createspace charged me for print-on-demand copies and shipping the entire giveaway cost $88.98


Results? I did garner one five star review on Goodreads for both Saving Spirit Bear and Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs and...hold on, what's this, two hundred and sixty-five other Goodreads members have marked Saving Spirit Bear "to read"?


I'm flattered, but I'm thinking it might be a computer glitch.


Forty-five people took advantage of my LibraryThing e-book giveaway of The Big Picture - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic. This cost me nothing except about an hour and a half sending emails.


So the question is which giveaway is better:

Goodreads with twelve hundred and fifteen entries and four paperbacks given away at a cost of $88.98?


LibraryThing with forty-five entries and forty-five e-books given away at no cost?


I'll let you know, but considering I'm expecting the net result in reviews and sales from both giveaways to be little better than nothing I'm leaning toward the least expensive. I mean, wouldn't you?


I see I have a royalty credit on Smashwords for $4.47 and KindleDirect is sending me an electronic deposit for 35¢ USD (which will actually net out to about 45¢ CA), so once again I'm starting the year in a deficit position of about $84.00.


What was I thinking?




Abandoned Dreams

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My new novels, FOREST – Love, Loss, Legend and The BIG PICTURE – A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic are available on Amazon and as e-books at


Visit my publisher’s website for excerpts from, and a buy link to my Eco-Fi series ECO-WARRIORS Book 3, Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

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ECO-WARRIOR Book 2, Loving the Terrorist - Beyond Eagleridge Bluffs is now available as in paperback at


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