Friday, April 13, 2012
I enjoyed running a contest of my own last week, as it was a chance to read so many nice notes from readers as they entered it. Interestingly, there have been some discussions lately among authors as to the value of running book giveaways, with some writers fearing that running a contest may actually discourage potential readers from buying the book as they wait to see whether or not they've won. I guess that's a valid concern, but maybe that's more a question of the timing of the giveaway.
For me, running contests is definitely a worthwhile activity. I'm sure it exposes my books to people who might not have read them yet, and that can only be a good thing! I'm a big fan of libraries for a lot of reasons, but that's one of them. The library patron who borrows one of my books might very well decide to buy the next one, and even if he or she doesn't, I've had an opportunity to speak to them through my book.
So I'm pleased to announce that Berkley Books is offering five copies of my upcoming book in the Pleasant Valley series, HANNAH'S JOY, in a giveaway running now on Goodreads. If you haven't found Goodreads yet, I hope you'll pop over and take a look. It's a great site for anyone who loves books, with plenty of interesting discussions on book-related subjects. Whatever your particular book likes and dislikes, I'm sure you'll find someone there who shares your tastes!
And if you'd like to enter for a chance to win a copy of HANNAH'S JOY straight from the publisher, do go to http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/23815-hannah-s-joy and enter the contest. I hope you win!