Giving away a print copy of your book on Goodreads is one way to gain exposure for a new release, bump up your name recognition, and build excitement around your book. Goodreads makes the giveaway process fast and easy, as long as you have that print copy of your book. Goodreads giveaways are for new print books only (those not yet released or released during the last 6 months).
I recently ran a giveaway on Goodreads for one of my new releases. Over the course of about a week, 790 Goodreads members registered for a chance to win one of three paperback copies. Following the random drawing by Goodreads, I received an email notifying me of the winners and their addresses.
Signing up for the giveaway on Goodreads was free, and I believe I gained good exposure for my novel, continuing to build a readership base and perhaps reaching readers who don’t yet have an e-reader. I saw an enormous spike in Goodreads members adding my book to their to-read lists the day before the contest closed.
Paying for the paper books and shipping those books to the winners was a bit more expensive than gifting a few e-books to readers. Goodreads doesn’t allow e-book giveaways. Also, though the contest ended four days ago, either it’s a bit too early to see the increase in paperback sales from the giveaway – or those sales aren’t exactly racing in.
Tune in Oct. 25 for Goodreads Giveaways – Part 2. I’ll let you know if the sales eventually trickled in and give you the step-by-step how-to on the Goodreads giveaway program. In the meantime, to check out current Goodreads giveaways or to list a book as a giveaway, go to http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway.
It’s your turn, WG2E-land! Are Goodreads giveaways something you’ve tried? How did your experience go? Is a print-book giveaway something you think is a good idea on the eve of the e-reader era?
The Best of The WG2E Goodreads Guru’s Wishes — Tamara Ward
Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.