Any help to answer a few quick questions for a my blog would be greatly appreciated! I am getting ready to participate in my first blog hop/give-a-way and I want to ask...
I hope this isn't stupid... But when you do a book give-a-way on your blog, can you give away any book that you want or must you get permission from the author/publisher?
I am planning to use a google forms to get people's information and then use random.org to choose a winner. Does this all sound right to you veteran bloggers?
You can give away any book you want. If you own it, you don't have to ask anyone's permission. It's your property to do as you wish! For example, I had bought a book, read it, didn't like it, but used it as a giveaway on my blog because it's a popular book and there are many out there who DID like it. I didn't want it anymore, but wanted to give others a chance to read it.
There are some giveaways hosted by author/publisher, and I believe they are the ones to send the book out. So you may never have your hands on the giveaway book.
Many people use the Google Docs/Random.org. For my giveaway, I used Rafflecopter (http://www.rafflecopter.com/). You have to wait for an invite, but I didn't wait that long. It was really easy to use, everything was in one place and a lot easier on my part! If you want to see what it looks like, you can go to my blog, go down a few posts to my giveaway post and you should see it there.
Hope this helps!
--Carrie Journey Through Words
Any book you want is fine, since you own the book there's no need to get permission. Most of my giveaways come from the author so I just make sure that everyone knows who's providing the giveaway. And I generally use random.org to choose my winner as well.
Something I was told not to long ago is to make sure you have things like a disclaimer and such so people don't come back at you. Just something that basically says where the giveaway is funded and that any personal information given to you by the applicants will not be shared... ect.
The Ink Puddle
You may also want to add a disclaimer as to location, or go with a gift certificate from "The Book Depository," otherwise you might end up having to ship the book internationally, which gets expensive.