Apr 21, 2016
What I Learned From My Goodreads Giveaway (The Results of My Goodreads Giveaways)
I'd heard of them.
I'd even heard good things about them.
I'd even heard that every author should do some Goodreads Giveaways. I'd heard this often.
But when I thought about doing it - meh.
Until I actually did one.
Blew my mind, it did.
I set up the first giveaway and wasn't going to get my hopes up. I checked the numbers the morning after it started, fully expecting to find that no one had entered.
My mouth dropped open in shock. Over a hundred people had entered the giveaway.
And 59 people had added my book to their To-Read list.
Me, a first time independent author, MY book. People wanted to read MY book.
I coudn't believe it.
I had a very, very good week.
Total entries: 827
Total books added: 233
Total entries: 862
Total books added: 427
Total entries: 949
Total books added: 610
To all you lovely writers and authors out there, don't be afraid to try a Goodreads giveaway. It actually works!
Things to do before you start a giveaway:
1. Write the best book description you can
2. Get the best cover you can, this can truly make the difference
3. Put in the giveaway description that you're giving away a signed copy of your book, this is a great incentive
I think all of these things helped in some little way. I know there are much bigger giveaways with bigger results, but this one exceeded my expectations so I count it a success.
K.M. Updike writes young adult and historical fiction and has a frustrating fascination with fantasies that gets in the way a lot. She is the author of the young adult historical fiction novelette, The Life and Death of Terry Dodd. A lover of books and prairies, she lives with her five siblings and inspiring parents in the wilds of the Great Plains. Besides reading books and writing stories, she loves watching old movies and drinking tea in her basement room dubbed "Mole End."