Promotions, advertising and marketing can be a real pain, especially for those who aren’t social media savvy, or have no money to advertise. I’ve tried different things in the past to promote my work, once asking readers to translate the title of a novel using only the moves of a chess game (tying it into the events of the book) to setting up an online scavenger hunt (again, because it related to the plot of the book). Both failed dramatically. But that’s not going to stop me from trying new things to get the word out about my books and encourage reading, reviewing and sharing.
With that said, this holiday season, in order to encourage reviews for all of my novels (and even for my short stories, which can be found on this site under the “Stories” tab), I am running a Swag-Bag Giveaway through Rafflecopter. The main entries are focused around reviewing my novels, but there are multiple ways to enter, including following me on Twitter, sharing the giveaway and posting pics of entrants with one of my books. I’m also giving away one entry per person for free, just for visiting my site and checking out the giveaway.
What do you get if you win? The Grand Prize is a Swag Bag of goodies related to my books or to books (reading and writing) in general, worth about $75. All items included are secret right now, but may be revealed slowly throughout the month. One additional winner will receive a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.
Like all giveaway’s of this nature, restrictions do apply. The contest is for U.S. and Canada residents only, and family members are ineligible to win. There is no purchase necessary to play and win, and a purchase or a review of any of my books does not guarantee a winning entry. The odds of winning depends on the number of participants and the number of entries per participant.
The giveaway lasts until December 31, 2016. Winners will be announced on January 2, 2017, and have one week to claim their prize. Should they fail to do so, a new winner will be picked until someone claims one or both prizes. Should no one claim their prizes by March 31, 2017, all prizes are forfeit.
Where do I enter? Simple: Head on over to bryancaron.com.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Succeed or fail, I’m very eager to see how this exciting giveaway plays out!