Have you discovered Goodreads Giveaways?
It’s a great way to find new books and authors…and it comes with the thrill of winning a prize. It’s also a way for new authors to get their work in front of an audience.
Every day hundreds of publishers and independent authors mail out FREE copies of their (print) books to Giveaway winners. To enter the contests, the only requirement is to be Goodreads Member. To set-up an account, all that you need is your name, e-mail and a password.
You can search Giveaway books according to your favorite genre, by popular authors, or just by browsing through the “ending soon” section.
According to CreateSpace, Amazon’s printing affiliate, there are 1,500 new titles published daily. If you are a writer, you know that those numbers mean a sizable marketing challenge. For authors and publishers, a Goodreads Giveaway is one way to connect with their 20+ million members. It exposes a new title to a target market in a selected state, or worldwide and it gets the ball rolling for reviews…and best-of-all, it doesn’t cost a thing.
In order to run a Giveaway, one must become a Goodreads Author. Once you’ve signed up for a general membership, you can then set-up an Author Profile.
Through the Giveaways, I’ve discovered more than a few new books that I’ve put on my ‘to read’ virtual bookshelf. Recently, I won, Making Art Work: A case study for creative skills monetization in a non-traditional way, by Ekaterina Dorozhkina
I am looking forward to learning some new art marketing tips and I can’t wait to see samples of her body painting (a Pinterest interest).
My first Goodreads Giveaway campaign is off and running – now through March 3rd. Within the first 24 hours, 171 people have entered the contest. Roughly half of them are in my target market (14-25 year olds). That’s 171 people who had no idea that Haylee existed yesterday. Already, I’d say that the campaign has been a success.
If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Haylee and the Traveler’s Stone, click here.
I hope whoever wins the Haylee Giveaway is as excited as I am to win Ekaterina’s book.
[Note: The fine print in the Giveaway states that winners are not required to write a book review. But as an author and independent publisher, I will say that the hope for reviews is a major consideration when running a Giveaway. If you liked the book you won…please DO write your review!]