Well, that was disappointing

I was just checking up on the winners of the Goodreads giveaway I did for Catskinner’s Book.  I sent out the copies on October 10th, and so far not one of the winners has so much as listed my book as read, much less rated or reviewed it.

Between printing and shipping costs, that promotion cost me about $100, and it has resulted in the least actual exposure.  All told, I can’t really recommend it as a promotional tool.  Despite Goodreads saying “Winning members are encouraged but not required to write a review of the book they receive” they really have no way of enforcing it.

I may do a follow up message to my winners, asking if they at least received the copies.

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About MishaBurnett

I am the author of "Catskinner's Book", a science fiction novel available on Amazon Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008MPNBNS
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9 Responses to Well, that was disappointing

  1. lala1966 says:

    Don’t lose heart that it hasn’t been read yet. Stay confident in your talent and your book. Some times it just takes time to catch on xx

  2. If you follow-up I’d be sure to word it well. I wouldn’t say “at least review it”. I know as writers we are usually avid readers as well, reading books in a day or two. We would like to think that everyone else is too. For some, with life getting in the way, a month is not that long. I would write something like,
    Congratulations again on winning a copyof “Catskinner’s Book”. I wanted to do a 30 day follow-up to see if you had the time to read the book and get your feedback. I would enjoy hearing what you thought of the book, both good or bad, through email or by adding a review on Good Reads. It is hard to know the direction to take in future books or to know the areas to focus on for improvement without feedback. Thank you for your time. Best wishes, (Edit so it sounds like you)
    If they send you personal email you can ask if you can have permissio to post their comments yourself with or without their name.

    • MishaBurnett says:

      Yeah, I wouldn’t put any pressure–just a quick note to make sure they got the book. If it jogs their memory and gets some response, fine. We are coming up to one of the big reading weekends of the year, and I think Catskinner makes a nice antidote to spending time with family.

  3. emmawolf says:

    Ugh, that is frustrating and annoying. I’ve won 4 things from Goodreads, and I felt compelled because I won to write a review (not in a bad way. In a way, it was like an honor to win the book, so I felt like it was a duty….I can’t think of the word I’m looking for. Like a responsibility, but one you are proud to have.). One of the books I read was self-published, so I felt strongly about giving her a good review. Not a review that says “this is great” but I mean a review that says a lot about the book. If the book is not actually about skinning cats, I’ll check it out.

  4. It’s frustrating when you don’t get feedback on these promos. I just did a couple of free download days on one of mine and I’m waiting to see what the results will be. It would be really great if out of the 100 or so copies downloaded someone would post a review, or maybe buy the next book in the series. It’s hard to sit back and wait for a response. Good luck with yours.

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