Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jennifer is running a giveaway... I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for my new book, Miriam’s Surrender. You have to have print copies in order to do it (seems a bit dinosaur-ish) and mine arrived last week. I ran one for one of my other books, Skin Deep. The good thing about the contests is that they draw a lot of attention to your books. I always get more than 100 people who add it to their TBR lists. But like most mass promo things, I think there are people who troll the sites looking for ways to get free stuff. The same thing happens with the blog tours in which I partake. Because Goddess Fish runs giveaways with them, there are people who follow the tour just to get the gift card or the free books. I’ve even seen the same people comment this time around as the last time I took part in a blog tour, and some of those people comment at every stop (makes me wonder what they do in real life, since that has got to take a lot of time). But despite this, I really believe they’re good things to do. They get my name out there, and my books. It’s like that old shampoo commercial, “You tell two friends and they tell two friends and they tell two friends…” and pretty soon there are a lot of people hearing about your book. I do get people reading and reviewing. And I do see sales spikes. Do I think all 164 people are going to buy my book? No. But I’m hopeful that the added exposure will allow people who normally wouldn’t see my book to see it. And read it. And buy others.