Yes, my Goodreads Giveaways is over. And I couldn’t be happier. In the 9 day run I had 870 people enter my giveaway. 354 people added my book to their bookshelf in one form or another, and of those 314 added it directly to their to-read shelf. The 2 winners were from Alabama and Indonesia. So my book got international exposure, and as a debut author, I couldn’t be more pleased. There are many ways to promote my book and this is just one of them, and as far as I can tell, it’s one of the better options for spreading the word.
There are two other ideas I’m exploring. I’ve sent copies to some of those that are in my book and to a select few friends, and I’ve asked them to take a selfie and post it on Facebook and Instagram. And I’ve got some extra copies I want to get in the hands of anyone that wants to read my book so I’ve been plopping some of them in those Little Free Libraries. You’ve seen them dotting the yards of your neighbor, those little book exchange boxes – Take a Book, Return a Book. Putting a Little Free Library in your yard is a growing trend.
I got curious so I did an internet search and just as I suspected the owners of those boxes can register them online. Someone like me can come to that website and pluck in my zip code and get a map of boxes in my area. Stupendous! In Bloomington, Minnesota, where I live, there are 19 boxes shown on the map. In Minneapolis there are two many to count. Perfect!
I don’t know if any of my ideas will generate all important sales, but they can’t hurt, and they are low cost. Regardless, it does get my name out there. I’m also implementing Mark Dawson’s online course for Facebook advertising for authors. One step-at-a-time, one step-at-a-time. Hey, thanks for listening.