I am testing the waters of a Goodreads Giveaway as a means of increasing exposure to my book. Goodreads, for those not familiar with this website, is a place where one can explore the world of books. It is similar to Facebook in that you can find friends and have discussions, but all the talk is book-related. There is no politicking, no comments on who is playing the newest game or cooking the latest recipes. Instead, there are virtual book clubs and contests to win books.
Would someone want to enter a contest to win my book? Why not try? So after careful research, I decided against Goodreads’ suggestion to have a month-long giveaway of “as many as I can afford.” I chose to have my contest for just fifteen days rather than a month, beginning on Christmas Eve, and I am giving away only two books. The reasoning is that there are categories for “Ending Soon” and “Recently Listed,” so an author may get the most entries at the beginning and end of a giveaway, and some studies have shown that the number of books given away does not encourage more contest entries.
Being the insecure writer that I am, my initial target was “5,” so when I had around 60 on the first day, I was shocked and thrilled. I have noticed more activity on the first day than on subsequent days. Now, on day #13, there are 400 people who are interested in getting a free copy of my book! Will they read it, or perhaps line their bird cages with it? Who knows, but in any case, I am hoping that a few of those that entered will one day read my book. We shall see. and I must say, the interest was more than I ever expected. Very cool!