Win a free copy of Someone’s Trapped for kids 8-12, the second book in the Viking Club Mystery series, by entering your name in my Goodreads Giveaway, which started March 3 and ends March 17, 2014. You don’t have to join Goodreads and you don’t even have to answer a skill-testing question. Is this easy or what?
You may not have heard of Goodreads, but if you are an avid reader, it’s time you did. This is a free website for book lovers where readers as well as writers can come together and exchange ideas and can make contact with each other if they wish.
If you decide to join this organization, you can learn about new books that come on the market, find the titles of the most popular books that people are reading right now, and are reminded of classics that have been around for a very long time. You can join discussions about your favourite type of book—mysteries, romance, adventure, etc.—and are allowed to post reviews and ratings of any book you read.
Goodreads helps writers reach out to readers, and one of the services they offer is sponsoring book giveaways. They provide the link, and after everyone interested in the giveaway has entered his or her name, Goodreads uses an algorithm to randomly select the correct number of names to match the number of books the author is giving away (10, in my case), and sends the names and addresses of the winners to the writer.
My role is to mail out the paperback copies to all the winners and, if I fail to do so, I will no longer be invited to the party, as they say. Goodreads doesn’t keep the names and addresses of anyone who isn’t a member, you won’t be contacted by anyone except me, and your identity is not revealed. The benefit to me is that people hear about my book and people who are interested and don’t win a book prize may decide to buy it.
There is a second benefit to me and that is, the prizewinners are encouraged to let Goodreads know what they think of my book by giving a rating and a review, which can be very short—one line will do unless you are a thwarted writer yourself and want to write a lot! I’m told about 60% of the winners will do this as a “thank you” to me, and Goodreads will post the reviews for me. Good reviews generate sales.
As a member of Goodreads, I joined one of the author discussion groups and when I have a question about publishers or writing, or want to know about the experiences of others, I can send a message to the group and any, or many, of the writers will respond to me in the discussion. So, I love Goodreads and wish I had more time to explore all the features, but I’m too busy writing to have all the fun I could have there.
Whether you decide to join or not, you can enter my giveaway promotion. All you have to do is 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 in the draw. If you follow my blogs posts, you will have already read the pitch, which is on my website here, and you know this is the sports-mystery that takes place within a soccer environment and is appropriate for 8 to 12 year-olds.
Click here and I wish you the best of luck!
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