Always on the lookout for ways to promote “Fatal Forgery”, I have been spending (probably too much) time exploring the Goodreads website. For those of you who don’t know it, it’s the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world, with more than 20 million members. As a reader it’s great fun, and as an author it seems to offer quite a slick and straight-forward way to get your name out there. (Not that it’s led anywhere so far: no-one on Goodreads even added “Fatal Forgery” to their bookshelf of books they would like to read, let alone read or reviewed it.) But then I stumbled across the giveaway programme.
In short – and the name is the clue – authors/publishers offer copies of their books for free. All of the variables are, well, variable, but I have decided to put a toe in the water by offering one signed copy of “Fatal Forgery”, to UK readers only (saving on postage, for this experimental listing – if it’s a success, I shall do a wider offering), during a giveaway lasting three days only. The giveaway went live a few hours ago, and already two people have added “Fatal Forgery” to their bookshelf – so it seems that having a book listed in the giveaway section of the Goodreads website does draw extra attention. If you fancy entering the giveaway yourself – or just to see what it looks like – here’s the link. Please do share it with other (UK) people – the whole point is to get as many people as possible to enter. And I’ll tell you the outcome (i.e. how many people did enter, and how much extra interest it generated on Goodreads) when the giveaway finishes at the end of the week.