Ran a Contest and Discovered a Survey

Hands At WorkFor those who may not know, I make it a habit to run a contest of some kind with every newsletter I sendIf this interests you, feel free to sign up in the sidebar next to this blog to receive occasional e-mails from me.  I promise not to send out more than six in a year, and as I already stated, I always run a contest when I do.


On April 1st, I mailed a newsletter with a different kind of contest – multiple books (5) and multiple story tropes to choose from.  Normally, I use Rafflecopter for my contests, since I get so many entries, but this time I took a different route.  I was very specific about how to enter – here’s what I wrote:

Send me an e-mail. Include in your e-mail whether you would prefer a print or e-book and include your address if you want a print copy. Then tell me which one of the following you are interested in reading: 1.) Western setting, 2.) Adoption theme, 3.) Road trip, 4.) Reunion story, 5.) Not the hero’s baby.  I will randomly choose one winner for each of the five choices and contact the winners before April 10th.  The winner’s names will be listed in the June newsletter. 

As the entries came in, I realized I had the perfect opportunity to turn my findings into a survey.  Of course, this, by any means, isn’t a scientific survey, just anecdotal findings. Nevertheless, I think the results are interesting, and they will make me think twice before I plan my next books!

Here are the results:Story SurveyNot Hero’s baby 7%; Road trip 14%; Reunion Story 19%; Adoption theme 19%; Western Setting 28%; Happy with any 13%

It seems that the western set romances are a big hit with the most readers.  I was sorry to see that “not the hero’s baby” isn’t as popular because I have written 2 or 3 such stories and find them both satisfying and challenging.

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree with these findings?  Let me know what your favorite trope is in the comments section.

Until next time, make it a great one!




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2 Responses to Ran a Contest and Discovered a Survey

  1. robena grant says:

    I adore friends to lovers tropes because the couple has a long history and the romance gets to simmer until a situation arises when one or both take that first leap. I love the consequences of taking that risk too. Other than that, I’ll read pretty much anything that is put in front of me. Ha ha.