I’ve been really lucky this quarter, with publishers sending review copies for many of the books I mentioned looking forward to in the Futuristic Friday post I did with Tamara of Traveling with T. This also means lots of giveaway copies for all of you, since I always promise publishers that these are books I’ll promote and pass along. Since this has meant a lot of me running giveaways and often paying (the small amount) of shipping myself, it’s made me think more about what motivates me to run giveaways. I’ll share with you some of the reasons I’ve thought of, but then I’m curious about your perspective on giveaways too!
- Love of the book – Although I can’t know for sure I’m going to love a book at the time I request it for a giveaway, many of my Futuristic Friday picks have turned out to be books I’m incredibly excited to share with you. It’s a lot of fun for me to be able to pass the book on to someone else who will hopefully love it too. I’m also happy to be promoting books I’ve loved.
- Just because I like you – The people who I interact with on my blog are some of my favorite people, so even if I didn’t love a book, if I think one of you might, I’m happy to pass it along. This is primarily why I run gift card giveaways on blog birthdays too.
- More followers? – I know this is a reason that people run giveaways, but I’m not sure they work that way for me. I’d really like followers who want to be following my blog, so I always make following optional for entering my giveaways. As is, I think I get a few twitter followers because of my giveaways. I don’t think I get many new blog followers, but I’m not sure.
- Decluttering – I almost never keep books any more – only my very favorites and those I haven’t read – so it’s nice to find some of my books a new home.
That’s all I’ve got, so now I want to hear from you! Do you run many giveaways? And if so, what motivates you to host and possibly fund them?