Book Giveaways (How to + Chance 2 win)

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This post has two parts:

  1. Quick tips for hosting a book giveaway
  2. Several contests by a variety of authors that you can enter

I’ll give the tips first.

Find the contests that you can enter below. There are many cool books there by different authors.

Entering those contests is quick and easy.

And the last one on the list is free to everyone.

So you’re guaranteed to get at least one free book.


Tip #1 Trust & Convenience

Most readers are familiar with Goodreads and Amazon, and trust these companies. This helps to get reader participation.

Running Goodreads and Amazon giveaways is easy and convenient, provided that you have a print edition (you can publish in paperback for free using CreateSpace). You can quickly setup a Goodreads giveaway from your author dashboard. Find the option to run an Amazon giveaway at the bottom of the print edition’s detail page (US only).

Check out this post for everything you ever wanted to know about Amazon and Goodreads giveaways, and more.

For e-books enrolled in KDP Select, you can run a free promo, but you really need to find websites and bloggers with a large following in your genre or category to really get the most out of the exposure. See tip #2.

Update: When you publish a Kindle e-book through KDP, now you can run an Amazon Giveaway for the e-book.

Tip #2 Promoting the Giveaway

For Amazon giveaways, tweet about it using the #AmazonGiveaway hashtag. Don’t add a photo to your tweet and it will likely be included automatically. I’ve received excellent exposure for a few hours tweeting with this hashtag without including a photo in the tweet.

For Goodreads giveaways, it’s all about the tags that you enter. So here’s what you do first. Visit this Goodreads giveaway page. Look on the right column for the tags and click the More link beneath it. This will show you the 1000 most popular tags in order. Although you can enter several tags (separated by commas), only use tags appropriate for your book.

To help advertise free e-books, you can find a list of promotional websites here.

Tip #3 Group Marketing

Sure, you can mention your own contest on your own blog, social media, or email newsletter.

Or you could get together with 19 other authors, and all of you could promote all 20 contests to your much larger combined following.

It’s a great idea for readers, too. If you learn about one contest, you have to click on the link, login, enter the contest—it’s kind of a hassle, especially when you were busy doing something else when you learned about the contest. And your chance of winning one contest is outrageously slim.

But if you have a list of 20 Goodreads giveaways for related books, a reader can login once, click on all the links in succession, and enter 20 giveaways in about a minute. And your odds of winning are 20 times better. it’s a win-win-win situation.

(That’s not quite what I’ve done. I have a few contests running. I thought that instead of just mentioning my own books only, I could invite others to get a little exposure on my blog. But maybe my example shows you how 20 authors could get together and get a lot more exposure out of their contests.)

Tip #4 Beyond Self-Promo

You could just write one post about your contest. Or a few posts and several tweets about it.

Or you could write posts all month long about other things, and simply mention your contest at the end of your posts.

For example, my current post includes several contests that you can enter (see below), but it also provides tips for running a contest.

Most of my blog’s followers are authors with interests in self-publishing. A hundred or so people might read my post when it comes out. But if one of my posts generates search engine traffic, it can generate hundreds or thousands of views over the course of a year, and from an audience who didn’t previously know who I am. A post that includes tips about a contest has better search engine potential than one that simply promotes a list of books.

You probably don’t have the same audience as I do, but you can similarly mention your contest as part of posts on other subjects.


These contests are easy to enter.

Most of these are Goodreads giveaways. So you could login to Goodreads once, click on the contest links in succession, and quickly enter as many of these contests as interest you.

The more contests you enter, the better your chances of winning. Good luck.

And the last one is simply free. You’re guaranteed to get that book free (unless you discovered this article after Wednesday, June 17, 2015, probably according to Amazon Pacific time).

Cursive Handwriting for Math Lovers by Julie Harper and Chris McMullen

a Goodreads giveaway; expires June 30, 2015

You can also win it through an Amazon Giveaway here

Try both and you improve your chances of winning.

Learn or Review Trigonometry: Essential Skills by Chris McMullen

a Goodreads giveaway; expires July 15, 2015

Why Do We Have to Go to School? by Chris McMullen

a Goodreads giveaway; expires July 7, 2015

Also, see the last contest on this list below.

Weary of Running by Adrienne Morris

a Goodreads giveaway; expires June 20, 2015

from the author: “Weary of Running is about Cadet Buck Crenshaw and his less than successful life at West Point Military Academy in the 1880’s.”

The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale by Michelle R. Eastman

a Goodreads giveaway; expires July 4, 2015

a children’s picture book

from the author: “It’s the story of a dust fairy who doesn’t quite fit in with the others… This story will have families looking at dust bunnies in a different light and may give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms!”

Island in the Clouds by Susan M. Toy

a Goodreads giveaway; expires June 21, 2015

also, see the author’s blog here for additional contest info

Ridgetop by Carol Ervin

a Goodreads giveaway; expires July 4, 2015

thriller, suspense

Time Shifters + 3 more books by Shanna Lauffey

contest hosted by the author through Facebook and Twitter

Blood and Bane: The Dragon Sage Chronicles by CK McKee, narrated by Wendy Anne Darling

audio book

10 free Audible codes to give away (US & UK codes)

Wacky Stories (10 Short Stories for Kids) by Julie Harper, narrated by Michael Pauley

audio book

25 free Audible codes to give away (US & UK codes)

M.J. Moore is looking for submissions for an anthology from Canadian residents

Find out more here.

This last one is FREE via Kindle Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (probably Amazon Pacific time).

Why Do We Have to Go to School? by Chris McMullen

Not a contest. It’s just free for two days.

I guarantee that you will enjoy this book. If not, please let me know, and I’ll happily gift you another book (not necessarily my own).

Where else will you find a guarantee like this? (Especially, a guarantee when you’re getting a FREE book.)

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

Copyright © 2015

Chris McMullen, Author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers

  • Volume 1 on formatting and publishing
  • Volume 2 on marketability and marketing
  • 4-in-1 Boxed set includes both volumes and more
  • Kindle Formatting Magic (coming soon)

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