Epic Giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite

I discovered author Angela Kulig on the KDP community forum.

When I checked out her website, I was a AMAZED to see an epic giveaway featuring a Kindle Paperwhite.

Wow! Now that’s a giveaway.

I guess that’s how you celebrate having 25,000 Twitter followers.

Double wow! I’m blessed to have 3,000 followers here at WordPress (here are 3,000 THANK YOU’s for all 3,000 of you). 25,000 is incredible.

(By the way, Angela has no idea that I’m writing this post.)

You might want to enter Angela’s contest. If you’d like a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite. (Just click the picture for this post.)

You might want to check out Angela’s social media pages while you’re at it.

What are you planning for your 25,000 follower celebration?

I tell you, if I reach 25,000 followers, that would excite me enough to give a similar epic giveaway. 🙂 Heck, I’m already very excited with 3,000.

I remember when I had 3 followers, and 30, and 300. I thought it would take decades to reach 3,000 here at WordPress. But it didn’t!

Wherever you are, you’ll probably get much further along faster than you think.

Want to create your own contest? Well, you don’t have to give away a Paperwhite. At least, not until you reach 25,000 followers, apparently. 🙂

Check out Rafflecopter: http://www.rafflecopter.com. (Be sure to check out all the details before you sign up for a giveaway. It would probably be wise to enter a few contests first, and to find a few authors who’ve done this and ask them about it.)

You know what else would be wise? Starting with small prizes and learning how to do that with mild success before working your way up to larger prizes. The greater the prize, the greater your risk.

Chris McMullen

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Book Contests & Giveaways


Win, Win, Win

Being a winner is a great feeling.

One way to help promote interest in a book is to give something away through a contest.

The winners feel special.

It’s different from just giving the book away for free with KDP Select. With a Select freebie, everyone gets the book for free. Through a contest, only the lucky winner gets something free.

When the book is free for everyone, it tends to be valued less. When you win something, it tends to be valued more.

People who enter the contest, but don’t win, have learned about the book. The contest provides exposure, creates buzz, and helps with branding.

As with all marketing, it works best when readers in your target audience participate.

You still have to promote. People won’t come out of the woodwork, marching zombie-style to your contest.

But promoting a contest or giveaway may be a little easier than promoting your regularly-priced book. You might find bloggers and websites willing to help promote your contest.

The prize can be a free copy of your book, an autographed copy, a special edition, a bookmark, or a t-shirt, for example. The idea is to give something that the target audience will value to help stir interest in your book.

One popular website for arranging contests is Rafflecopter. Charles E. Yallowitz, author of the Legends of Windemere sword and sorcery series, presently has an amazing Rafflecopter giveaway running through the end of February. This was put together by Danielle Taylor.

There are over two dozen prizes, including many great books and a $10 Amazon gift card. (Charles E. Yallowitz has his Legends of Windemere books participating, Danielle Taylor has entered her books, one of my books, A Visual Guide to Extra Dimensions, in color and in paperback, is participating, and there are over two dozen others.)

Click here to see and enter the giveaway.

Another way to give a few free books is through a Goodreads giveaway. Some recipients will post reviews or ratings at Goodreads. Several people will mark the book as to-read. Reviews on Amazon aren’t as likely.

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