When I first learnt about Goodreads Giveaways, I thought it was a great idea, a wonderful way to get your book into the hands of new readers. So far, I still do see it as a wonderful avenue for writers to explore.
If you’ve never participated in this option in Goodreads, let me share my experience (so far) with you.
Only paper copies of books (hard cover, paperbacks) are permitted in giveaways. I didn’t mind this restriction since I had planned to release a paperback version of Shadows in the Stone. Obviously, paperback giveaways cost more to do than eBook giveaways.
1) New books are put in the spotlight for new readers to discover.
2) The writer gets to pick the time frame. The giveaway can run a day or six months.
3) New readers get to click the ‘to read’ button to put books on the bookshelf where other readers will see it.
4) ‘To read’ and other notes for books appear in email updates and on readers pages, so others can see it.
5) Exposure. Exposure. Exposure.
Books are eligible for giveaways up until six months after they’ve been published.
Writers can choose in which countries they wish to offer the giveaway. I chose Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Iceland. My choices were based more on postal rates than anything else. Well, and that I live in Canada.
Unlike many deadlines that end at 11:59 pm on a particular day, Goodread giveaways end 12:00 am on that day. I misunderstood this when I created my giveaway. I chose October 31st, thinking readers had all that day to enter, but they didn’t. They really only had until midnight October 30th. Keep this in mind if you want the date to coincide with something else planned.
Also, I found many others chose to end their giveaways on the last day of the month, which meant a large number of books filled the page. This can push a book to ‘page 2’ of the listings, a place you don’t want to be. First page, near the top is the ideal position to be on the last day for maximum visibility.
Winners are randomly chosen by Goodreads. To be a winner is to be lucky. I’ve entered many giveaways and haven’t won yet. Goodreads sends the person hosting the giveaway the names and addresses of the winners.
The winners for the Shadows in the Stone giveaway live in:
1) Rockford, Michigan, USA
2) San Francisco, California, USA
3) London, England, Great Britain
Copies of my book are expected to arrive from CreateSpace any day now. As soon as they do, they’ll be packaged and sent to the winners. I had planned to have the books ready when the winners were announced, but a few glitches in the formatting and shipping threw off my schedule.
Next time, I plan to have copies on hand, run the giveaway for a week at a time (instead of three books for five months) and offer only one book each time.
Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners.