Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Today’s Topic: Giveaways: As a blogger, how do you feel about extra entries, required entries, etc? Do you have a system to choose/announce winners and keep prizes organized? What method works best for you when hosting a giveaway? (Rafflecopter/Google Doc’s or other)
What do you do about people who enter your giveaways but don’t follow instructions exactly?
Have you ever had problems hosting a giveaway sponsored by an author or publisher who is supposed to send the prize to the winner and doesn’t? How have you handled these issues?
As a prize winner – what do you do if your prize never arrives? Do you contact the blogger or just let it go?
I’ll try to answer as much of this as I can. I’ve never hosted a giveaway, so I don’t have a system for conducting any aspect of the giveaway process. I’m not exactly adverse to hosting one; I’d just like to get back on track with the blog and grow my follower base. Perhaps I’ll attempt one in 2013 for two possible scenarios:
- If I were particularly passionate about a book I would sponsor a giveaway myself
- If a publisher contacted me about hosting a giveaway for an author/genre
I’ve had one instance where a book was never sent. However, it was for a readathon event and I wasn’t participating to win anything; it meant more to share my love of reading and make new online friends. I’ve won a few books where the publishers sent them later than anticipated, but I usually received emails preparing me for that.
What about you all? How do you feel about giveaways as a blogger/participant?