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Monday Marketing Tips: Goodreads Giveaways

GoodreadsIf you write novels, short stories, or nonfiction, and don’t know about the Goodreads site, you should really make some time to explore it Goodreads1here.

Goodreads is a site that brings authors and readers together. Readers put books on their “to-read” shelf, tell their friends how far along they are, whether they’ve finished it or abandoned it, and most importantly, what they think of it.

If you have a book that needs to be marketed, the best way of doing that is via Goodreads Giveaways, which are FREE! The only cost to the author is the book itself, and a nominal amount of money to mail it to the recipient. (For this to be a nominal amount, I suggest you mail only to people in the country you live in, as international rates can get very expensive.)

As an author, you get the excitement of the buzz about your novel, and then you get valuable feedback about your book. And all for a nominal amount of money.

Have a fabulous week!

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News & Notes: My blog tour starts today!

Everyone,

I’m taking ThwartedCreateFrontTHWARTED QUEEN on a HISTORICAL FICTION VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR today.

To start it with a bang, I’m doing a Goodreads Giveaway. Valued at $18.99, this paperback will be yours for FREE if you enter the giveaway.

Click below to enter for your FREE SIGNED copy of the paperback version of THWARTED QUEEN (all 495 pages).

Good luck and have a wonderful week!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Thwarted Queen by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Thwarted Queen

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends February 14, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Tidbits from the Internet

Here are a couple of sites that I’ve found useful recently:

Red Room. Like Goodreads this site acts as a place where authors and readers can interact and chat about books. Unlike Goodreads, this site has a more self-conscious literary feel to it, with plenty of black-and-white photos of famous authors. I’ve put my novels up on it, and am currently trying it on for size. To take a peek, go to http://redroom.com/

Critique Circle. As someone who has never taken an MFA course (but might do so in the future), it is currently hard work getting anyone to read my MSS. Enter Critique Circle. You can sign up for free, and I believe they give you 2 points to get started. To get your MSS critiqued, you need 3 points, and you earn points by critiquing others’ work. I have now had 3 MSS critiqued, and I must say I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of the critiques. To join, just go to: http://www.critiquecircle.com/newmembersinfo.asp

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Monday Tips: More on marketing books

This month, I feel that I am last getting some traction. I’ve done more giveaways on Goodreads, and I’m very pleased with the result. To date, 2,658 people have participated in my giveaways, and 369 people have listed my books on their “to-read” shelves.

I’ve also been busy in the blogosphere. I’ve done two guest interviews with Morgen Bailey and with Stephanie Moore. Stephanie not only came to me to ask for an interview, but she’s hosting a giveaway of THWARTED QUEEN, which ends April 11. If interested, please go to: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/847094-interview-with-author-cynthia-haggard-giveaway.

Have a great week!

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The winner of my sixth Goodreads Giveaway is…Emilia of Minnesota

Everyone,

I want to thank you all  for your support during my recent giveaway. Nearly FIVE HUNDRED of you requested ROSE OF RABY. And one hundred and four of you have put it onto your to-read list. Thank you for your support!

The winner of this giveaway is Emilia of Minnesota, who will get a SIGNED COPY of ROSE.

Enjoy & have a great weekend!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rose of Raby by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Rose of Raby

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends April 06, 2012.

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at Goodreads.

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Welcome to my eighth Goodreads Giveaway!

Everyone,

Here is another chance to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED paperback of THE GILDED CAGE.

What would you do if a sixteen-year-old girl arrived from France and displaced you as Queen of England? Would you befriend her? Or would you keep your distance?

Meet Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) mother to two Kings of England, who brings us the family saga of the Yorks, Lancasters & Nevilles whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses.

“The history that is recounted here is brought to Shakespearean intensity by the depth of description that the author provides.” Raymond Barglow, Author of Hildegard’s Wander Theater.

Giveaway ends tomorrow, so head on over to Goodreads to sign up! And Good Luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Gilded Cage by Cynthia Sally Haggard

The Gilded Cage

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends April 14, 2012.

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at Goodreads.

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Welcome to my seventh Goodreads Giveaway!

Everyone,

Here is another chance to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED paperback of TWO MURDERS REAPED.

What would you do if your husband fled the wrath of the Queen? Face down the whole of the opposing army with three children?

Meet Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) mother to two Kings of England, who brings us the family saga of the Yorks, Lancasters & Nevilles whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses.

Giveaway ends tomorrow, so head on over to Goodreads to sign up! And Good Luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Two Murders Reaped by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Two Murders Reaped

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends April 13, 2012.

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at Goodreads.

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The winner of my fifth Goodreads Giveaway is…Ryan of Missouri!

Everyone,

I want to thank you all  for your support during my recent giveaway. Nearly FOUR HUNDRED of you requested THE GILDED CAGE. And eighty-three of you have put it onto your to-read list. Thank you for your support!

The winner of this giveaway is Ryan of Missouri, who will get a SIGNED COPY of CAGE.

Enjoy & have a great weekend!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Gilded Cage by Cynthia Sally Haggard

The Gilded Cage

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends March 28, 2012.

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at Goodreads.

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Welcome to my sixth Goodreads Giveaway!

Everyone,

Here is another chance to win a FREE AUTOGRAPHED paperback of ROSE OF RABY.

Lady Cecylee Neville (1415-1495) is destined for great things:

 

“And yet Grace fortuned her to be the highest”

 

says a 15th-century ballad. But what of 9-year-old Cecylee? Does she want to marry 13-year-old Richard of York? Does she want to marry at all. For by the age of ten, Cecylee has known too much violence at the hands of men.

Giveaway ends tomorrow, so head on over to Goodreads to sign up! And Good Luck!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rose of Raby by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Rose of Raby

by Cynthia Sally Haggard

Giveaway ends April 06, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Monday Tips: How to Market Your Book

Last month, I told you  that I decided to confine myself to running Facebook ads and doing more videos to publicize my campaign.

This month, I’ve reversed myself. Why? Because the numbers aren’t working for me. As of today, only 22 people have seen my video on YouTube. And the numbers for my last Facebook Ad campaign weren’t that great: For an ad that targeted over 20 million users, I only got 79 clicks. When I looked at the traffic on my website, I saw that it had dropped off when I stopped the Google Adwords campaign. So I re-started my campaign. In the last 14 days, I’ve received 17 clicks. Obviously, I’m going to have to carve out some time to make my ad campaign more successful!

Then I read a couple of articles about Goodreads, and how helpful that had been for getting a book known. At the beginning of March, I started Goodreads Giveaways, and hands down that has been the best investment of time I’ve spent. For about $6 (the price that it costs me to mail the book across the US or Canada), I’ve gotten about 520 people interested in participating in each giveaway (I’ve run three so far), and of those people, on average 70 people have put the book into their to-read list! Stay tuned for updates.

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