Giveaways and Twitterviews

They weren’t kidding when they said that writing a book would be the easiest part—marketing would be the hardest.

So as you know, I recently tried KDP Select. I recommend it to any new authors out there. Just remember that because you’re giving away your book for free to thousands of people, it may not always end up in the hands of people who necessarily like your genre. But that’s the risk you have to take. Overall, I think it’s a great way to get your book out there, especially if you’re just starting out as an author.

Goodreads giveaway:
A couple of fellow-bloggers and authors have highly recommended Goodreads giveaways to promote my novel, HIGH. So a month ago, I decided to try listing my first Goodreads giveaway. I was hoping to at least get a hundred people to enter to win a copy of my novel. I was surprised last night to learn that 846 people entered! The contest ended today, so three winners have already been picked, and I’ve already sent out their copies of HIGH.

Ever since I listed the giveaway, I’ve noticed a small spike in ratings and reviews. Sales hasn’t been spectacular, but it’s better than it was before.

So would I recommend Goodreads giveaways? Absolutely. It’s free and effective.

Have you heard of Rafflecopter? I just learned about it about a month ago during my HIGH Blog Tour. It’s an easy way to run a giveaway. I tried it during one of my Blog stops, and the experience was definitely painless and fun.

Yes, I’d recommend it.

Let me start by saying I am still getting used to Twitter. I honestly don’t know how to use Twitter to advertise my book properly. So if you have any tips, please share. I’ve posted a few things here and there, but that’s about it. Sometimes, I even forget I have a Twitter account. Anyway, I’m working on it.

So because of my poor Twittering skills, I decided to try for a paid advertising service for a twitterview.

What is a twitterview? It’s a live interview done via Twitter. Followers can ask the author questions, etcetera. The idea is that it’s supposed to attract more readers and followers. $75 later, I gained 3 new followers, and no added sales.

Would I recommend it? It depends. It may work for others. Unfortunately, it didn’t for me. I say, save your money.

And so, the marketing journey continues. I still have a lot to try and learn along the way. I’ll keep you posted on how things go.

In the meantime, have you tried any of the above marketing services? How was your experience?

Any other marketing suggestions?



0 Replies to “Giveaways and Twitterviews”

  1. I gave away five books on GoodReads and didn’t get any reviews out of it–I was very disappointed with the return. I got a much better return on

    I have recently decided to pull my book from B&N (six months and not one single Nook sale) and put Catskinner back into KDP select.

    1. I haven’t heard of I need to check that out.
      By the way, I just picked up Catskinner’s Book. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Thanks for this very candid post. I appreciate it. I self-published on Amazon two months ago (and B&N for the Nook). My e-mail blast to friends and family, and my Facebook friends, helped me get a nice number of sales the first month. I have not done KTP select because it rubs me the wrong way – giving my book for free. We worked hard at our books, and for $3.99, if a person doesn’t want to read it, they’re not going to for free or $.99. (in my humble opinion). I think getting good review is important. And I’m told, soon publishing a second book is a good idea. So that’s what I’m working on. I’d rather write than promote any day! Best of luck to you. I just bought your book for my Kindle. See? Promoting on your blog works. 🙂

    1. I was actually a bit skeptical about KDP Select at first, but thought I’d give it a try after reading a few positive articles about it. I’ve heard the same in regards to publishing a second book. I’m working on that too. By the way, I just bought The Right Wrong Man. I look forward to reading it soon. 🙂

    1. I need to check out the library too. Glad you mentioned it. Let me know how that goes. Can you ask your mom to tell all her friends about my book too? Kidding. Word of mouth definitely helps. 🙂

  3. Highly suggest Laura Pepper Wu 77 Ways to Find New Readers and We Are Not Alone Social Media For Writers by Kristen Lamb, both will inspire and educate on Twitter, blogging and fun marketing.

    1. Thanks for the tips, Sarah! I’ll definitely check those out. By the way, thank you for reading HIGH and leaving a review on Amazon. I just bought Taking Flight. I look forward to reading it. 🙂 I really love that cover.

  4. I posted a request for reviews on Goodreads Making Connections, but only heard from two people (one was my college buddy). What else did you do, to get the word out about your Goodreads giveaway?

  5. Hi Vince,
    I didn’t know about Goodreads Making Connections until you mentioned it. Going to check it out soon.

    I actually did not do anything to get the word out about my Goodreads giveaway. More because I really didn’t know how. All I did was set up the giveway and hoped people would enter. Luckily, a good amount of people did. Now that I think about it, I could’ve tweeted about it or mentioned it on my Facebook LIKE page, but I didn’t even do that.

    There is still so much I need to learn about marketing my book, especially since I’m a newly published author. I’ll make sure to share what I learn on my blog, so check back soon.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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