Just wanted to let you know that I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for five copies of my new book, Social Media for Writers, over here.
I guess it’s completely appropriate because there is a section on Goodreads in my book, and running a giveaway is one of the promotional opportunities mentioned.
If you’re an author, giveaways are a great way to get your book known among people who genuinely love books and reading, since Goodreads is basically an enormous global book group. Here are the guidelines for what authors can and can’t do on Goodreads.
Anyone can launch a giveaway like this on the site, though you have to have physical copies to give away (not ebooks) and you have to be prepared to post them to the winners.
Launching a giveaway is very easy. It’s a great opportunity for authors who don’t have their own blog or website to host a competition. I see some very big name publishers and authors offering to give away copies of their books, so clearly it’s seen as a good way to get the word out there.
There is no stipulation that winners have to review your book, but chances are they will. It’s that kind of site. It’s also owned by Amazon, and they want to sell your books as much as you do.
**UPDATE – It’s a year later and as yet none of the winners have (to my knowledge) reviewed the book. All of the winners lived in the USA, and so it was very costly to post from the UK. If I was running a giveaway like this again then I would restrict entrants to UK only.**
And if you like reading, these giveaways are a great way to find some new eyeball stimulation.
This is the full list of Goodreads giveaways. You can enter mine via the widget below.