January 25, 2010

how to give away a book

i could just have my visitors leave a comment and then i'll draw names, but i'm also trying to get a few more blog readers, so doing the plain comment thing seems a little boring.

any ideas? anything you've seen on the internet that would be a fun way to give away a copy of my book and get more people here?


Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Perhaps if you offer extra entries to those that tweet or blog about your book? You can also work a theme around the book(s) you're donating, using that to create a question that readers can answer in their comments (mostly for fun, but it gives the followers something to comment about, maybe?) Good luck with your book giveaway!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Give additional entries for things like follower +2, new follower +1
blog post
Side bar link
facebook link
and comments

Then people use random.org to choose a winner

Susan R. Mills said...

I saw someone give away a book to their 100th follower. In that day alone, she had eight people follow her. It seemed odd to me because the 93rd through the 99th person knew they weren't going to win, but somehow it worked. You could try something like that. I still think that the best way to build up a following is to participate in active and sincere interaction. It may be a slow way to get there, but it works. And the relationships you develop along the way are wonderful, not to mention long-lasting. Just my two cents. :)

Jen Chandler said...

Hi Michelle!

I don't have any ideas for give aways (I've only done one so far), but I did want to thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I really appreciate it!

I'm interested to learn more about your first book. It sounds intriguing. I love a good adventure/fantasy. That's probably why I write it :)

Have a wonderful day!

laurel said...

Carol's ideas are great, as are Shannon's. For maximum participation, I think you want to make entering not too huge of a time investment for your readers.

Christine Danek said...

I am still building my followers so that might be a good idea-- Give something away to your 100th follower--as Susan said. I am interested in your book --sounds interesting. Thanks for visiting my blog and I gave you an award :)
Check my blog www.christinedanek.blogspot.com
Have a great day!

Michelle Gregory said...

wow! great responses. i'll wait a few more days before i decide. maybe i'll give away 2 copies!

Susan, i agree that's it's all about the interactions.

Christine and Jen, i've sent you info about my novel.

Shannon, i never thought about having other bloggers help me promote my blog (and book).

Nisa said...

Commenting on my blog got me here! *grin* It seems like you've gotten some good advice for your contest, but you could do a search of the web for book giveaways and see what other bloggers are doing. :)