Introducing our giveaway service…
The History Quill’s giveaway service enables historical fiction authors to grow their email lists by participating in themed book giveaways in the form of prize draws. We promote each giveaway to our own list of 5,000+ historical fiction readers and via targeted online advertising. When readers sign up to enter a giveaway, they have the option of joining the email lists of participating authors, giving you hundreds of new email subscribers to market your books to, all in your target audience.
Our service is built to provide you with an excellent return on investment, leveraging the power of email marketing to help you sell your books to an engaged audience far into the future, on your terms.
Below, you’ll find more information on how the service works and the giveaways you can sign up for.
The benefits of our service
The power of email marketing
Email marketing is the most effective way to sell books. Period. It gives you a way of cutting through the noise and reaching people directly. Email enables you to interact with your subscribers and turn them into loyal fans and advocates, creating even more sales through recommendations and reviews. You own your email list – it can’t be taken away from you or its impact negated by a new social media algorithm. If you have an email list already, our service enables you to grow it quickly and effectively. If you don’t have one yet, it’s the perfect way to get started.
Return on investment
Our service is built to provide you with an excellent return on investment. Once you’ve gained new subscribers from a giveaway, you can sell your books to them far into the future, including backlist titles and future releases. Over time, you’ll be able to generate a profit far in excess of the original fee. This service is designed to produce long term results, giving you an asset that will keep on producing revenue throughout your author career.
Your target audience
We promote each giveaway to our list of 5,000+ readers, made up exclusively of historical fiction fans, as well as using targeted online advertising. Each giveaway is themed, usually based on a particular subgenre of historical fiction or period of history, allowing us to promote it to readers who are in your target audience, rather than more general readers who may not go on to buy your other books.
Focused and effective
We limit each giveaway to eight books and eight participating authors, maximum. Unlike other giveaway services, which can sometimes include dozens of authors in the same giveaway, this means you’ll be recognised by your new email subscribers when you contact them. Signing the same readers up to dozens of email lists does no one any good; our approach keeps your new subscribers happy and ensures the service is focused and effective.
High value prizes
Our prizes are always paperback books, ensuring they have a high value to giveaway entrants. This encourages more readers to join our giveaways and results in a larger number of subscribers for participating authors. Win win!
We do the hard work
With our service, you don’t have to worry about mailing prizes to the winners. We take care of all of that for you by simply gifting the prizes to the winners via Amazon. We cover the cost of this, meaning there is no extra financial outlay for you.
Average number of email subscribers gained by each participating author
This statistic was compiled from a trial of the service with three participating authors.
How it works
Register for a giveaway
Below, there is a list of upcoming giveaways that you can join. The first step is to register. In order to participate, you need to put forward a suitable book that fits with the theme of the giveaway. We accept books that are standalones or the first in a series. They must be available for purchase on both amazon.co.uk and amazon.com in paperback.
Complete your booking
We will review your registration and contact you to let you know whether it has been accepted. If it has, we’ll invite you to complete your booking by paying the fee. Please see below for pricing.
The giveaway period
The giveaway period will last approximately two weeks. During this time, we will promote it to our own audience and via online advertising. If you have an audience of your own, we’ll encourage you to promote it as well to maximise exposure, although this is not mandatory. At the end of the giveaway period, we will pick a winner and send them their prize.
Receive your new subscribers
A few days after the giveaway period ends, we will send you a spreadsheet with your new subscribers. You will receive their first names and email addresses, which you can then input into your chosen newsletter platform.
Start selling books!
Now that you have your new subscribers, it’s time to turn them into enthusiastic readers and buyers of your books. We recommend emailing them fairly quickly to welcome them to your list, introduce yourself, and remind them that they signed up via the giveaway. In the following weeks, it’s a good idea to offer them plenty of value; this could come in the form of freebies, discount offers, and interesting content. This will help ensure they remain engaged and open to buying your books as they settle in. Over time, you can turn them into loyal fans who will buy your new releases and backlist titles, while also spreading the word about your books to other readers.
Action/adventure historical fiction
Action/adventure historical fiction set during any period.
Registration deadline: 29 September, 2pm BST
Giveaway period: 13–27 October 2021
Romantic historical fiction
Romantic historical fiction set during any period.
Registration deadline: 27 October, 2pm BST
Giveaway period: 3–17 November 2021
Historical mysteries set during any period.
Registration deadline: 24 November, 2pm BST
Giveaway period: 1–15 December 2021
There are a maximum of eight places available on each giveaway. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and we will close registrations early if all places on a giveaway are filled.
Frequently asked questions
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Which countries do you accept bookings from?
We welcome clients who are resident in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada (excluding Saskatchewan), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and any EU country. If you are not resident in one of these countries, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your business at this time.
What kind of giveaway is this?
Giveaways come in many forms. This form of giveaway is a prize draw, otherwise known as a sweepstakes. That means we’ll offer a collection of books as a prize and invite readers to enter in order to win them. There will be one winner for each giveaway, and they will be chosen at random.
Who are the giveaways open to?
With a few limitations and exceptions, people resident in the United Kingdom and United States. That means your new email subscribers will be resident in these countries.
Please note, it’s fine if you are not resident in the United Kingdom or United States yourself. See above for which countries we accept bookings from. This geographic restriction is for giveaway entrants, not participating authors, so if you’re resident in Canada or one of the other countries we serve outside the UK and USA, you can still join a giveaway, but your new subscribers will be from the UK and USA only.
How does it work from the readers' perspective?
We invite readers to enter our giveaways via our email list or online advertising. They click through to a giveaway page displaying information about the books included in the prize and a form where they can sign up to enter the giveaway. They can also view a copy of the giveaway’s official rules.
The sign up form includes options for joining each participating author’s email list – or all email lists – to ensure it is GDPR friendly.
After the giveaway is over, we notify the winner and send them their prizes. We then transfer the details of entrants who opted to join participating authors’ email lists so that you can welcome them.
Which subgenres of historical fiction do you accept?
We accept a wide range of historical fiction subgenres, but you will need to find the best fit for your book among the giveaway options. The only subgenres we do not ever accept for giveaways are children’s fiction and erotic fiction, so please do not submit these to us. If you’re not sure whether your book is a good fit for a particular giveaway, you’re welcome to email us at email@example.com to enquire further.
Will I get book sales from your giveaways?
Yes! Your sales will come from the new subscribers you gain and will happen over time. In due course, you will be able to make a substantial profit on your original investment as you turn your new subscribers into enthusiastic readers and advocates, buying new releases and backlist titles and helping to spread the word about your books.
How many new subcribers will I get?
This will vary between giveaways and authors, but our current average figure for subscribers gained per author is 624, so most authors can expect something in this region. On the basis of our previous results, the vast majority of these subscribers will be new to your list.
How engaged will my new subscribers be?
Very! Our giveaways target historical fiction readers whose interests align with the theme of the giveaway (and therefore of your books), meaning your new subscribers will be in your ideal target audience and will have a natural interest in your books. This is much better than giveaways that target general readers. It’s likely you will get a small number of unsubscribes the first time you send an email, but this is normal after a promotion and helps to weed out anyone you don’t want on your list.
How will you send me my new subscribers?
We will send them to you via a spreadsheet in .xlsx format (compatible with Microsoft Excel). If you require a different format, let us know via email and we will try to accommodate you.
Which email platforms can I use to email my subscribers?
Pretty much any! The choice is yours. Mailchimp and MailerLite are popular choices for authors, but there are many others out there, and you will be able to upload your new subscribers to all of them.
I don't have an email list; should I use this service?
If you don’t have an email list but want to start one, this is the perfect way to start, so yes! If you don’t have any interest in starting one or you are not using email marketing to promote your books, then this isn’t the right service for you.
Where can I learn more about email marketing for authors?
Is this compliant with the GDPR and other legal requirements?
Absolutely. We don’t force anyone to join your email list; it’s completely optional, and people can enter our giveaways without joining any lists. However, the vast majority choose to sign up because they want more opportunities to enjoy historical fiction!
Our giveaways, which are open to people in the United Kingdom and United States only, are also fully compliant with legal requirements governing prize draws and sweepstakes in both those countries.
What format does my book need to be in, and where should it be available for sale?
We require all books entered into our giveaways to be available for sale in paperback format on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com.
What if my book is part of a series?
We accept books that are the first in a series but not books that are the second/third/fourth and so on in a series, unless they are genuine standalones.
Do I have to send my book as a prize to the winner?
No, we take care of that for you. We simply gift the prizes to the winners via Amazon. We cover the cost of this ourselves.
Can I participate in multiple giveaways?
Yes. Just register for the ones you want to participate in. If you’re registering for multiple giveaways within a short space of time, it’s preferable to put forward different books for each one, but if there is a significant gap (i.e. more than six months) between the giveaways you want to enter, you can put forward the same book for each.
How do I pay?
You can pay by credit or debit card once we have accepted your registration.
Which payment currencies do you accept?
We accept three payment currencies: USD, GBP, and EUR. The currency you pay in will depend on your country of residence. People resident in the UK will pay in GBP, people resident in the EU will pay in EUR, and people resident in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa will pay in USD.
What are the full terms and conditions?
You can view our full terms and conditions here.