Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Goodreads #Giveaway- a smart step to take before you release your book! #mgtab

I’m getting excited because I’ll be releasing Special Agent Kandice in a few days – April 1st.You’d think that after all the books I’ve put out there, I would have gotten over this tense, giddy-stomach kinda feeling but I admit that – nope – it’s still there.

This is the point where I’m always a bit frazzled. Those of you who are Indie authors, well you know the never-ending chores needed to be done when you get to this point. I have this mental list that seems overpowering, and as I tick each thing off, I know there’s still a lot more – prompting the book being the biggest hurdle to cross.

For instance, I decided with this book to give away a couple of paperbacks on Goodreads. It will give the book exposure and hopefully bring attention to the fact that it’s the 4th in the series. So, being the pro that I am, and having done this before, though quite some time ago, I beetle my butt over to the Goodreads’ Giveaway page and get totally stuck there.

First of all, I’ve never done this promo on a book not already released before. It makes a difference… YEP!!

So after I filled in the form, they stopped me dead and kicked me out (metaphorically speaking). Their excuse was - using an invalid ISBN#. Well… hell’s bells. How would they know it was invalid – see my head was planted firmly up my…ahh ahem! Anyway, duh! It finally dawned on me – after I broke down and wrote to a friend on a loop about the situation (darn) – that if I hadn’t set the book up yet, of course the number would be invalid.

Plus, I couldn’t find any place to add the cover and well… all the other ads had covers – I wanted mine there too…right? So easy once I had the answer.

I did get one benefit from this little trip back down “newbie” lane...

It means we can set our books up on Goodreads before they’re released!! I forced open my inner data base and lodged that into the already over-extended brain that I keep feeding more stuff every day.

Steps to set up unpublished book on Goodreads:

Go to your Goodreads Dashboard

See - Add a book – click and fill in form. (make sure where it says book format – put paperback or when you try to list this book as a Giveaway – it will kick your cute little petoodie right outta there (happened 3 times to me before I caught on……..ackkkk!!!)

Go to top of page and see browse and then click on Giveaways.

On right, see list a giveaway.

Fill in form with the same ISBN# you set up the book with or it will kick you out and you have to start all over again. Also, make sure you choose a start date at least 7 days in advance or again – oh yeah!! It’ll kick you out. In fact, my strong suggestion is to keep a copy of the info for this form as you might have to use it over and over and over and…..grrr!!

Now in case you wondered why I wrote this blog, it’s as much for me as it is for you. Next time I have to go through this procedure, I want step-by-step instructions so I don’t waste my whole afternoon :-))
Here's the page of Giveaways as of today...of course Special Agent Kandice won't show up there for 7 days but at least, after my herculean efforts, it will appear!!

Next blog – other things to do before releasing a new book.

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