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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Results are In!

My first giveaway on GoodReads has completed, and twenty people will soon be receiving signed copies of Under A Broken Sun.  I'm humbled to say over one thousand people signed up, and the twenty winners hail from four different countries, as far away as Australia! 

Can you imagine?  Your book in Australia!?

Well, GoodReads Giveaway is a great way to do that.  While it's only for print copies, and usually reserved for new releases, it increased my exposure tremendously and added five hundred people to my "Want to Read" list.  Even at 10% sales rate that's an additional 50 copies sold, and the giveaway was free to post.  Ok, so shipping and handling is on me, but it's well worth it, and well worth the potential reviews (hopefully positive!)

So if you haven't checked out advertising on GoodReads yet, and possibly going for a giveaway, take a look at the results below:

NOW, I should note, that I did do supplemental advertising while the promotion was going on.  Only spent about $13 though.  GoodReads fans are avid book lovers, and can't pass up a freebie.  I do have to sign them all, but c'mon, what fledgling self-published author doesn't love signing books?  Every signature is another copy in someone's hands.

Oh, and by the way, yes I still get nervous every time I send one out.  Self-published authors have absolutely no one else to blame.  Spelling errors?  My fault.  Missing words or chapters?  My fault.  I've gone over the book a million times, but I still worry.  That'll never go away.

Anyway, take a look, and WRITE ON!

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