Friday, June 8, 2012

Goodreads Giveaway Tips--Don't Learn the Hard Way

I just posted my first book giveaway on Goodreads and already discovered 2 things I'll do differently next time.  Please remember these if you plan to set up your own Goodreads contest in the future.

1. Give yourself a couple days of lead time. I didn't realize until I'd filled out my giveaway form, and hit submit, that a Goodreads Librarian has to approve all giveaways before they go live which can take a day or two. This is a problem because you might lose a couple of days of your contest while waiting for approval, and more importantly, giveaways appear in order of start date--most recent first--so mine went up just this morning but was already buried by giveaways with a June 8 start date.

2. Those tags they make you enter are IMPORTANT. I just came up with some that seemed appropriate to my book. What I should have done was looked at how the book giveaways were set up. If you look at the sidebar of the giveaway page, it shows a list under "Brows By Tag" that you can click through to find books you might be interested in.  Luckily I included "young-adult" as a tag on mine, so my contest is listed under that link, but I failed to include "ya" or "teen" or "family" which would have helped make my book more visible.

I hope these tips help some of you!  Don't make the same mistakes I did. Of course, this may be common knowledge and I simply missed the memo, but if I'm not the only one who did please consider this your memo. :)

And I will say, despite the mistakes on my part,  I've seen a big jump in interest this morning with dozens of people adding my book to their "to-be-read" and other shelves. High-fives to everyone who did!

If you'd like a chance to win a signed hardcover of RAPE GIRL, please enter via this link:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rape Girl by Alina Klein

Rape Girl

by Alina Klein

Giveaway ends July 07, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Thanks, as always, for your support. <3


  1. Sometimes when I am tagging books, I will go to the LC Authority page ( and look for corresponding subject headings...or what you think the library might catalog your book under. Just a tip from your friendly neighborhood librarian.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you, Kate! That's a great resource. I added it to my bookmarks. :)

  3. Well, I have no book to giveaway...but thanks for the great advice in case I actually get a book published while GoodReads is still in existence. ;)


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