As I write this, it is 3:30 Sunday afternoon, the last day of my experiment with a Goodreads Giveaway. With just 11 ½ hours remaining, there are 785 people who have entered to win one of two copies of my book, “Do Svidanya Dad.” This has far exceeded my target of “5,” or the 400 people who had already entered on Friday morning when I posted “More Than Just a Liner for Your Birdcage.”
I think I will learn the names of the two winners this week, and then I will wait and see if this contest begins to generate any sales. Goodreads provides stats, which shows that 363 people have added my book to their shelves, so my hope is that someone will decide to purchase it one day. The thing is, I have been able to look at the shelves of the people who have placed it on theirs, and I have noticed that some readers have huge virtual bookcases, with as many as 72000 on their shelf! (Do they have a life besides reading?) Somehow, I doubt they will make it to mine.
But I am encouraged, because at least 785+ people have heard of my story. With Russia being a particularly hot item in the news these days, I am hoping that readers will be interested in learning the story of an American family who willingly moved to the Soviet Union during the Great Depression Era, believing it would be the answer to their poverty. I know that it was a huge mistake, and you will too if you read it.
I will report back with the effect of this experiment on my sales.