I own a huge number of romance novels and can no longer keep the due to space issues. I'd love to give them to people who will appreciate them and since I now have a blog I wanted to ask, would it be a good idea to have giveaways with these books as the prizes? I'd like to introduce people to some of my favorite authors and since people cannot afford to buy 9 or 10 books at a time just because they seem like good reads, I wanted to help.
So to come to the point, what are some steps to hosting a successful giveaway? Would it be okay to use my books as prizes?
Absolutely! People do that all the time. Just be sure when making the giveaway to say that books have been gently used, or read once, or something like that - so people don't think they're getting something brand new. Not an issue really, but you don't want to misrepresent.
Giveaways are easy to do, really.
- You decide on the prize and who you are willing to ship it to (US, US&CAN, INT, etc). Then you make a post introducing the giveaway, the prizes, etc making sure to include a start and end date as well as any restrictions (age, location, etc).
- Then you decide on what you want the entries to be. It can be as simple as leaving you a comment to have a list of options including following, google plus, facebook like, tweets and more. Whatever you feel comfortable with. You can have entrants leave comments or use Rafflecopter. RC is free and easy and I personally love it since it does almost all the work for you.
- Then advertise! post about it here, on facebook, on twitter, on giveaway linkys (frugalityisfree.com, moneysavingmom.com, twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.com are all good ones that are weekly). Tell anyone and everyone you cna.
- When it's done, email the winner to get their info and send out the prize. (Make sure to let them know that they have only a certain amount of time to respond before you pick someone else in case you get someone who doesn't check their email but once a month).
That's about it really. I have done a ton of them on my site - feel free to check them out and see how I do it. I have a couple running right now (right sidebar has a link to all active giveaways).
Thank you so much for your help. I'm really new to this book blog community and there's a lot I don't know. I'll check out your blog ASAP
Step #1 to a successful giveaway - give away something many people want :)
Why don't you contact the authors / publishers see if they are willing to mail away and give the prizes while you host the giveaway.
Giveaways are great promotions (posts with giveaway on my site get many more views) and for them it's a tax deduction.
Hmm, I'll have to work up the courage to contact the authors. The only problem I see is that my blog is very new, with only 24 followers so far and I don't know that authors/publishers would take a chance on such a new blog. But I'll give it a shot. Can't hurt right?
I agree with everything Jennifer said above!
My 2 cents worth?
Make it a weekly or bi-monthly regular event on your blog (clean out my book shelf Friday)
That way your regular readers will know and look forward to it.
Go in with a couple other book blogs and link them altogether (hop style) ex: every other Monday your blog and 6 others have a "makin' room for new titles day"
research postage so you have a good idea of the cost before you start. (paperbacks via media mail to anywhere in the US costs on average $2.35-$2.50)
advertise, advertise, advertise!
Great idea & good luck!
Ooo, I like the idea of making it a weekly event. I forgot I'll have to have a catchy name for the event too. I have so many titles that I have to let go of and most of them are popular authors.
The only thing I have to add other than what was said is to PLEASE state who the giveaway is open to (US only, US/CAN, Worldwide or something else)
Giveaways are easy. I recently hosted my 1st one and I have sponsored some. If you do it through Rafflecopter the process runs smooth. However, I do suggest having the sponsors mail out the prizes to the winners. It is so much easier.
Also, in order to promote your blog, find linky's on other blog sites to list giveaway. Simply Stacie has a whole list of giveaway sites where you can promote your giveaway. Use the free options. It's a win/win for everybody. This will also increase your traffic flow and followers. On a side note, include a widget in your side bar where followers can subscribe via email and/or feed.
I am also looking at hosting my first book giveaway...but I'm not sure where to get the book that I offer! Is there any way to get copies from a publisher or a website online for free?