October 2016

October 2017 PRIZE DONATIONS!

Well hello there humans, readers, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

prizes

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect over 2,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! This year we’re trying to streamline our prizes behind the scenes so we’re more focused on e-gifts and prize “packs.” Less shipping (and potential flaking out) for everyone!

Here are some ideas:

  • A gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • A small pack of ARCs you’re finished with
  • E-gift card
  • A bookmark bundle
  • Something handmade
  • A puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, we like to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 (or euros) or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

April 2016

April 2016 PRIZE DONATIONS!

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

prizes

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect over 2,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! This year we’re trying to streamline our prizes behind the scenes so we’re more focused on e-gifts and prize “packs.” Less shipping (and potential flaking out) for everyone!

Here are some ideas:

  • A gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • A small pack of ARCs you’re finished with
  • E-gift card
  • A bookmark bundle
  • Something handmade
  • A puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, we like to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 (or euros) or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

October 2015

Q&A: The Truth About Prizes

This has been a post that’s been swirling around in my head for a long time, and it’s one I haven’t looked forward to writing. However, it’s necessary. Maybe more necessary now than ever in the life of the Readathon. Dewey was spirited and inclusive, but she was also a realist, and so I’ll be realistic with you now. 

Prizes are one of the biggest burdens to the Readathon. One of the most fun for participants but always burdensome. Here’s a quick and dirty, transparent FAQ about prizes and the future of them.

  1. Why didn’t I receive my prize? Publishers, companies, individuals…they’ve all flaked out at some point. Are we sorry when this happens? God, yes. It’s embarrassing to us and feels like a failure. On the flip side, there’s not much we can do about it. We solicit donations because we cannot shoulder the cost of providing prizes or shipping them beyond what we donate ourselves, so that falls to the individual donors, their preferences, and their means.
  2. Doesn’t selling swag help cover the costs? Nope! We made $14 off the last Readathon and those funds are long gone to a very small portion of the cost of running the site.
  3. Why are there fewer prizes this year? Publishers are not as forthcoming with their donations as they used to be. We’ve been very lucky for a very long time, but now we have to reach out to more publishers, more vendors, and more individuals to garner half the prizes we used to have. Also, there are never any volunteers…aside from one or two individuals (Kerry, Irish)…who help solicit prizes.

Having fewer prizes this year was also a strategic move. No joke, sometimes it takes six months, the whole duration of time between Readathons, to get prizes squared away.

  • People forget to claim their prize for a few weeks
  • A lot of things have to happen in spreadsheets to pull all the info together for distribution to donors
  • Donors don’t notice the email alerting them to their winner(s)
  • Follow up has to happen when people contact us that they haven’t received their prize(s)

In short, we went for fewer prizes this year, but still great quality with an emphasis on e-gifts and “prize packs.”

A couple of years ago we did a very large survey after the Readathon and asked people to rate different parts of the event by importance, and prizes came in dead last. It seems that to the majority of us, READING and COMMUNITY are more important than prizes, and at the end of the day that gives us some solace if prizes just aren’t going right. In the  future, we may decide to phase them out, but because of the feedback you’ve given us, we know that wouldn’t be a deal breaker.

We thank you so much for being here for your love of reading and each other more than the love of swag. 

I also need to add an extra thank you to all of the individuals who consistently donate to this event. People like Ciska, Irish, Rachel, Katja, and Jenn (To name a few. So sorry to anyone I’m forgetting). Even when they don’t participate, they’re right there donating prizes and keeping a special eye on making sure our international participants have items to choose from.

 

 

October 2015

Thank You Now for PRIZE Donations!

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

prizes

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect close to 1,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! This year we’re trying to streamline our prizes behind the scenes so we’re more focused on e-gifts and prize “packs.” Less shipping (and potential flaking out) for everyone!

Here are some ideas:

  • A gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • A small pack of ARCs you’re finished with
  • E-gift card
  • A bookmark bundle
  • Something handmade
  • A puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, we like to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 (or euros) or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

 

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

April 2015

April 2015: Prize Donations

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

colorbooks

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect close to 1,000 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! Here are some ideas:

  • a gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • some ARCs you’re finished with
  • an individual book
  • an e-gift card
  • bookmarks
  • something you hand-make
  • a puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, this time around we want to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner BookDepository! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

You’re my angel!

If you can’t donate a prize, please consider being an angel — a US resident who will have a prize shipped to them and then ship the prize to the international winner. This can cost between $10 and $30. We typically have 20 international winners and four angels. Womp womp.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

October 2014, readathon

October 2014 Prize Donations!

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! Prizes are hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

colorbooks

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect close to 800 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate?

You can donate whatever is within your means! Here are some ideas:

  • a gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • some ARCs you’re finished with
  • an individual book
  • a gift card
  • bookmarks
  • something you hand-make
  • a puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, this time around we want to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner via your BookDepository purchase! It’s low-stress and less work for you! We get a lot of prizes donated from publishers, but the US ones (the majority) are often unable to ship internationally.

You’re my angel!

If you can’t donate a prize, please consider being an angel — a US resident who will have a prize shipped to them and then ship the prize to the international winner. This can cost between $10 and $30. We typically have 20 international winners and four angels. Womp womp.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!

April 2014

April 2014 Prize Donations!

Well hello there guys and dolls, readers and cheerleaders, and LOVELIES! You all made it very clear in the reader poll after the October 2013 readathon that prizes are not your #1 priority. However, we do think they’re hella fun, so it’s that time of year when we ask for PRIZE DONATIONS!

gifts

Why do we ask for donations?

We expect close to 500 participants, we try to give away prizes every hour, AND we want to make sure that there are more prizes than we need so that no one has to settle for something they don’t really want.

What should I donate? 

You can donate whatever is within your means! Here are some ideas:

  • a gently-used book or bundle (say, a pack of 3 or 5 YA or mysteries or sci-fi or fantasy or whatever)
  • some ARCs you’re finished with
  • an individual book
  • a gift card
  • bookmarks
  • something you hand-make
  • a puppy! (maybe not)

Honoring international participants!

For additional ease, and to honor our bevy of international participants, this time around we want to put special emphasis on donations via BookDepository.com. For example, you might offer a book of the winner’s choice for $15 or less. This is a really easy option since you simply have the prize shipped to the winner via your BookDepository purchase! It’s low-stress and less work for you!

You’re my angel!

If you can’t donate a prize, please consider being an angel — a US resident who will have a prize shipped to them and then ship the prize to the international winner. This can cost between $10 and $30. We typically have 20 international winners and four angels. Womp womp.

For the previous two readathons, Andi has given over $100 per event to make sure prizes get to their international homes. She would love to spread this around a bit more with your kind help.

The last step!

All you need to do is fill out this form. I don’t know if we’ll have time to email to confirm your donation, but please know that if you fill out this form, your prize will be included!