In my last blog post, I told you about Goodreads, the free website for bookworms and literature lovers through which I’m giving away ten copies of my sports mystery for kids, Someone’s Trapped. This is the second in the Viking Mystery Series and our young detectives have to solve a mystery that takes place in the world of summer soccer for kids.
Goodreads was founded in 2006 for the purpose of allowing members to explore books, discuss them with one another, and to contact authors if they wish. One of the ways Goodreads brings readers into contact with writers is to sponsor author giveaways, which helps writers promote their books.
If you would like to be in the draw for a copy of my latest book for kids 8-12 in a Goodreads Giveaway, you can click on the link at the bottom of this page. It will take you into my giveaway site and there will be directions for you to enter your name. You have until March 17, 2014, to enter and you don’t have to join Goodreads to participate. Goodreads will randomly choose 10 winners on March 18, e-mail the results to me, and I will send the books to the winners.
Now, there is one caveat about winning a book. People who receive a book prize are encouraged to rate and review it for Goodreads as a ‘thank you’ to the author, although rating and reviewing is purely optional.
Here is what you need to know about the rating system:
- A rating of 5 stars means “excellent.”
- A rating of 4 stars means “good.”
- A rating of 3 stars means “don’t bother to buy or read this book.” I didn’t know that when I first started rating books; I thought it meant “satisfactory” but it doesn’t. If you read a book and decide it deserves a 3-star, writers prefer that you don’t rate it at all because a 3-star rating hurts sales. However, you can do as you please, of course.
Goodreads tells me that approximately 60% of the people who win a book will write a review, which is a good thing. With ten giveaways, I will probably receive six reviews, which will help me a lot because people buy books according to the reviews. Or so I’m told. I didn’t know that either—that’s not how I select books, but live and learn.
When I published my first book, I asked all my friends to write reviews because I needed them for sales and all of them said they would and not one of them did. However, they e-mailed or phoned and told me they liked it or their child liked it, and I had good written reviews from strangers—all good or excellent and no 3’s! Lucky me.
My assumption from the lack of response from my friends is that they found writing a review to be a daunting task. However, it needn’t be. It can be one line saying that you or your child or your grandchild or your young friend liked the book. The long reviews usually come from people who love writing reviews and I’ll get a few of those, too.
To enter the draw, click on the link that follows and it takes you into my Goodreads Giveaway site. You’ll see a picture of the book, Someone’s Trapped, and there will be directions on how to enter your name.
Click here and I wish you lots of luck in the draw!
If you are an avid reader, you would probably love Goodreads and it is very easy to become a member. If you want to be able to wander around the site and see what other people are reading but don’t want to be known, you can choose a privacy setting so that nothing about you is displayed to the general public. No worries.
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