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Goodreads: The Giveaway

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 25, 2014 in Publishing |

This morning it came to an end: my Goodreads Giveaway of free copies of The Temptation of Words with, to my surprise, over five hundred people signing up for one of the two copies on offer. Equally surprising the high number of people who marked it as To Read when they entered the competition although, to be honest, I am not reading too much into this. Whenever anyone enters a Giveaway competition on Goodreads there is a default box for the To Read already ticked as well as an agreement to the Terms and Conditions which is blank. How many people merely clicked the T&C and didn’t bother removing the default tick right underneath it? How many people think that leaving that default tick there will raise their chances of winning?

Viktoria Michaelis: The Temptation of Words, Goodreads Giveaway

I’ve entered many times for free books, but always remove the default. Does it make a difference? I don’t think so. It adds the title to each person’s profile, but no more than that. I get more publicity across a broader spectrum of potential readers and their followers, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything either. Although, business woman that I am, I would certainly love it if a few of these several hundred people also went out and bought a copy for themselves….

Tomorrow I will find out who I am to send copies to, and then there is another wait. I am hoping for reviews – hoping for positive reviews of course! – but there is no guarantee. No one is required to write a review of the free books they win on Goodreads. I do write reviews, always, but still. Time to wait again, time to see what happens. Every little bit helps!

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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