6 Ways to Master the Goodreads Giveaways in 2023 – Complete Guide

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The current goodreads giveaway for A Lot Like Adiós print galleys is open for a few more days! Have you entered yet? 📚💕Ends 7/31. Link in bio!And yesterday marked 7 weeks until the release date on September 14th. It’s getting closer! 😱In the meantime, I’m working on the next book and overthinking everything lol. As per usual.I hope you’re all having a good week! ❤️#alotlikeadios #goodreadsgiveaway #bookstagram #romancebooks #romancewriter #latinxrom #romcom
The giveaway has ended and winners have been announced in my Stories and notified. Thank you to all who entered! ❤️✨GOODREADS GIVEAWAY (U.S.)✨
My US publisher harpervoyagerus is giving away 100 print ARCs of DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS on Goodreads, ending on 14 Sept. Enter here:
www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/331195-daughter-of-the-moon-goddess , or see the link in my bio.✨INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY (OPEN TO ALL)✨
My first giveaway! I'll be giving away 4 signed ARCs. Winners will be chosen at random, with 2 from the Global South. Ends on 14 Sept.I grew up in Asia, I know how expensive books can get. I’d never held a physical ARC until my own (we don’t get them here) and I hope in this small way to share some of mine. Thank you to Shelley Parker-Chan (Author of She Who Became the Sun) for coming up with this inspired Global South giveaway idea, and you can find the map at: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_North_and_Global_South.To enter:
🌸Like this post & follow me, and
🌸Comment with anything you like, could even be your fav emoticon. If you’re from the Global South, please include “GS” in your comment.
🌸Bonus entry – Share this post in your Instagram Stories & please tag me!I would also really appreciate it if you could add DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS on Goodreads. Thank you!***
THE BOOK:Daughter of the Moon Goddess is inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess – an enchanting and romantic fantasy of immortals, magic and love, with:🐉 Chinese mythology & legendary creatures
🏹 Fierce female warrior fighting for her family
⚔️ A gentle prince & a ruthless soldier
💔 Friends—Lovers—Enemies...Out on Jan 11th, 2022 in the US and Jan 20th in the UK, with Harper Voyager. DOTMG is currently available for pre-order and can be added on Goodreads (links in my bio).Cover artist: Kuri Huang
Art direction: Jeanne Reina.
.#2022debuts #22debuts #goodreadsgiveaway #bookgiveaway #bookworm #daughterofthemoongoddess #dotmg
Want to read ON ROTATION early? Well now you can, bc my first Goodreads Giveaway is LIVE, & we’re giving away 100 free advanced reading copies! Entry link is in my bio. (US only, sorry!)
#goodreadsgiveaway #bookgiveaway #arc #advancedreadingcopies #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram #22debuts #blackauthors #writingcommunity #writers #traditionalpublishing #publishing #writersofig #writersofinstagram
My publisher berkleypub is running a giveaway for 15 print copies of my upcoming release The Cuban Heiress over on Goodreads. You can enter for a chance to win on Goodreads or through the link in my Insta bio. Good luck! ❤️#thecubanheiress #goodreads #chanelcleeton #berkleybooks #bookstagram #bookgram #histfic #historicalfiction #2023books #bookgiveaway #berkleypublishing #goodreadsgiveaway #historicalnovel
✨DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS – SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY ✨The giveaway has ended, and winners have been announced and notified! Thank you to all who participated ❤️Am excited to be running another international giveaway (and to have found my ARCs after my move last week!) As before, I'll be giving away 4 signed ARCs (US edition). Ends on 10 Oct, open internationally with two from the Global South (you can find the map at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_North_and_Global_South ). A Goodreads giveaway is also underway for those from the U.S.To enter:🌸 Like this post & follow me
🌸 Comment with a recent read which you loved or one you’re excited for. For myself, I can’t wait to receive my copy of ONCE UPON A BROKEN HEART (I wonder which UK cover I'll get 💕), IRON WIDOW, BEASTS OF PREY, JADE FIRE GOLD and THE BONE SHARD EMPEROR! (If you’re from the Global South, please let me know in your comment!)
🌸 Bonus entry – Share this post in your Stories & tag me.I would also really appreciate it if you could add DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS and it's sequel on Goodreads. Thank you!***THE BOOK (for those who haven’t read this before):DAUGHTER OF THE MOON GODDESS is inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, an enchanting and romantic fantasy of immortals, magic, and love with:
🐉 Chinese mythology & legendary creatures
🏹 Fierce female warrior fighting for her family
⚔️ A gentle prince & a ruthless soldier
💔 Friends—Lovers—Enemies...Cover Artist: Kuri Huang
Art Direction: Jeanne ReinaOut on Jan 11th, 2022 in the US and Jan 20th in the UK, with Harper Voyager. DOTMG is currently available for pre-order and can be added on Goodreads (links in my bio)..
.#2022debuts #22debuts #writingcommunity #bookstagram #bookstagrammer#readersofig #fantasybookstagram #writersofig #ukbookstagram #fantasyauthor #yafantasy #yafantasybooks #debutauthor #bookgram #beautifulbooks #bookishlove #booklovers #bookblogger #romanticfantasy #diversereads #diverspines #fantasyromance #retelling #mythology #readersofig #authorsofcolor #goodreadsgiveaway #bookgiveaway #bookworm #daughterofthemoongoddess
🎃 Book Review 🎃⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“I’d lived enough years now to know that there were some ghosts that haunted you forever.“Spells For Forgetting is a deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.“The green teacup was gleaming in the candlelight. The last time I’d held it in my hands was the first time I’d felt the full weight of the darkness that swelled beneath the island. It rushed in my veins, sneaking through me like poison.”I usually start off my reviews with a quote but this story was so good I couldn’t decide on just one!I absolutely devoured this book. It was so good! The writing is so descriptive and atmospheric that I can vividly see the island and I swear I could even smell the herbs and the salt air at times. The characters are well developed and the magic sprinkled throughout was just enough to make this a perfect read for the Fall and Halloween season.Thank you to Netgalley, Random House Ballantine, Delacorte Press, Goodreads, and the author for the ARC and the physical giveaway copy in exchange for an honest review.“It was the time of year when the veil between worlds was thin, and in that moment, I could feel the tingle of the Otherworld tiptoeing lightly up my spine.”
#bookstagram #booklover #booknerd #bookaddict #bookworm #readersofig #bookish #goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #bookstagrammer #adrienneyoung #bookreviewers #bookreviewersofinstagram #booksintheair #instareads #bookwormlife #netgalley #bibliophile #bookphotography #bookphoto #spellsforforgetting #fantasybooks #mysterybooks #romancebooks #romancebookstagram #magicalrealism #ctbookstagrammers #prettybookcover
Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward is a mind-bending tale of friendship and betrayal, and the impossibility of escaping your own story🪞⁣
This is CatWard66's World, we are just living in it 🫡⁣Enter our #goodreadsgiveaway at the link in our bio for the chance to win an ARC 😏
#catrionaward #catward #lookingglasssound #sundial #littleeve #thelasthouseonneedlessstreet #womenshistorymonth #femaleauthor #horrorbooks #horrorbookstagram #psychologicalhorror ⁣
It’s been a while since I’ve shared recent bookmail!⁣
I’ve gotten these few books over the last month or so, mostly from giveaway wins. I started Something to Talk About last night & I’m a little over half way through. ⁣
See any you’re looking forward to reading?
#bookmail #goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #goodreadsgiveawaywinner #bookstoread #upcomingreleases #booksofig #booksofinsta #booksofinstagram #bookstack #bookpile #bookcovers #bookspines #codenamehelene #thesecretwomen #thesundaygirl #somethingtotalkabout #miraclecreek #booksparks #booksharks #bookishgirlgang📚
Enchantment was published last week and if you haven’t picked it up yet, sorry but you’re missing out!!I was very lucky to get an advance copy back in late 2022 (thanks goodreads!) and I flew through this book like lightning while I was on vacation. It truly was one of the most thought-provoking and profound books I’ve ever picked up.I mistakenly assumed this would be some type of self-help book (sorry, I still haven’t read Wintering yet so I probably just missed the memo) and quickly found that it was instead a collection of essays and introspections by the author as she navigates life during the pandemic. As she experienced seemingly relentless anxiety, fatigue, and overwhelm while the world seemed to be in chaos, May started exploring how to bring some calm, wonder, and magic back into her life and how to rekindle her curiosity, joy, and resilience against modern stresses. She invites you inside the workings of her mind as she explores new ideas and practices, with essays organized by elements. The resulting product is honestly one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. It’s clear by reading through her thought processes and musings that May is absolutely brilliant, and her level of reflection is so insightful. I gained new perspectives on life that have since altered the way I view my purpose and the way I engage with the world. I am so much more focused now on seeking out joy and play and curiosity from a nonjudgemental perspective.I also really appreciated this perspective from someone who is autistic. As someone with sensory processing sensitivity, I am also frequently overwhelmed and resonated with so much of what she said. I felt understood and hopeful while reading this book.If you want to reframe your perspective on the world and how we humans live and create meaning in our lives, you will adore this read. It’s a gem that has been hidden among a particularly exciting set of new pubs during this season—I hope you won’t overlook it, as I think it has great potential for healing in each of us. 🦋
✨GIVEAWAY TIME✨ ALWAYS THE ALMOST officially releases in *less than 100 days* (?!) so what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!!My publisher is giving away ~100~ ARCs ALWAYS THE ALMOST over on Goodreads! If you have a Goodreads account, check out the link in my bio to enter. (Note that Goodreads giveaways are only open in the US.)ALWAYS THE ALMOST officially releases on 2/14/23 - Valentine's Day!! - and features:
🏳️‍⚧️ disaster trans boy and his disaster New Year’s resolutions
🌈 marshmallow love interest who draws fat cats
🎶 piano competitions
💔 angst and heartbreak
🧡 and also falling in love
🔥 finding yourself, in spite of everyone else
#goodreads #GoodreadsGiveaway #AlwaysTheAlmost #WednesdayBooks #bookstagram #YABooks #YABookstagram #QueerBooks #LGBTbooks #TransBooks #TransAuthor #queerbookstagram #lgbt #lgbtbookstagram #books #authorsofinstagram
Giveaway time once again! Enter to win one of five copies of THE SPECTACULAR through this goodreads giveaway!
Ends 3/20, U.S. only. Link in bio.From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Magnolia Palace: A thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams, set amidst the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday.#thespectacular #goodreadsgiveaway #bookstagram
It's a giveaway! 📚📚 Goodreads is giving away 15 copies of our book, The Other Side of Special! Enter to win today!Giveaway dates are March 25th - April 24th, 2023! The book releases on May 9th!The link to enter is in my bio."For the special needs mom who yearns for community and support on what can be a lonely road, The Other Side of Special reminds you that you are not alone, your best is good enough, and even on the hard days, there are blessings to be had." (Goodreads.com)#goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #bookgiveaway #bookgiveaways #newrelease #authorsofinstagram #TheOtherSideofSpecial #OtherSideofSpecial #takeheartspecialmoms #takeheartpodcast #takeheartspecialmomspodcast #THSMpodcast #revellbooks #readrevell #BakerPublishingGroup #christiannonfiction #christianbookstagram #christianbooks #christianauthors #specialneedsmom #specialneedsmoms #specialneedsmama #specialneedsparent #specialneedschildren #specialneedskids #specialneedscommunity #specialneedsfamilies #specialneedsministry #disabilityministry #hiddendisability

What is Goodreads?

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Goodreads is a world-famous book recommendation site for book lovers. It was founded in America in 2006 and launched in early 2007 by Otis Chandler and Elizabeth Khuri Chandler.

Essentially the site serves as a book catalog and social tool that allows its users to search its database of books, quotes, and reviews.

Goodreads users can also sign up and register books to generate reading lists, enter book giveaways, or even run their own giveaways.

We will cover all you need to know about Goodreads in this article, including how to master the process of entering and winning their giveaways.

As you’ll soon find out, we have written this article for both readers and authors alike. 

What are Goodreads giveaways?

According to Goodreads, its sole mission is to help people find books they love and easily be able to share them. The giveaways help Goodreads to do just that.

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Goodreads giveaways are free giveaways intended to connect book lovers with the opportunity to win free books, while also allowing authors to connect their books to an audience.

Authors have the chance to give away copies of their books on Goodreads, and the readers are given the opportunity to win a free book. It’s as simple as that.

Authors and readers alike can both sign up for a giveaway on the Goodreads website.

We’ll now cover how to win a book for all of you book lovers out there.

How do you win a book on Goodreads?

It’s simple to win a book on Goodreads, but as we cover in our guide, there are some key ways to boost your chances of winning.

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That aside, it’s not complicated to win. You just need to enter the giveaways. Make sure you follow the guidelines that are stated by Goodreads and follow what we cover in this article.

The book giveaway winners are selected randomly, so everyone gets a chance to win.

Also, note that the giveaways are international, but you need to check the specific guidelines of each giveaway.

Are Goodreads giveaways worth it?

There are two participant groups in Goodreads Giveaways: One are the authors, and the other are the entrants. The short answer is that, yes, for both authors and entrants, the giveaways are definitely worth it.

Goodreads giveaways for authors

For all of the budding authors out there, a book giveaway helps your book to get in front of the right audience. 

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It’s well known that Goodreads giveaways are a powerful platform for authors and publishers to promote their newly written books.

Contrary to popular opinion, book giveaways aren’t about increasing sales.

Book giveaways are fantastic opportunities to increase awareness of you as an author and your book. In turn, this helps you get in front of your audience.

Goodreads giveaways for entrants

For all of you book lovers, certainly, the giveaways are worth it.

If you love reading and want free books, the Goodreads giveaways are a match made in heaven for you. 

Many Goodreads users share their winning experiences online. They boast of having won not only one or two books but multiple books. So how did they win that many?

Here are the fine details you need to know about entering a giveaway.

How do you enter Goodreads giveaways?

It’s easy to enter a Goodreads giveaway, and here’s a short step-by-step process.

First, browse the giveaways page on the Goodreads Giveaways official website, find a giveaway you want to enter and click the enter giveaway button in the listing’s block. Easy, that’s step number one.

Next, enter and confirm your shipping information, accept the giveaway terms and conditions, and hit enter giveaway.

That’s it. You’ve now entered a Goodreads giveaway! Good news there are usually more than one hundred giveaways running every month on Goodreads, as you can see from the screenshot below.

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Now, let’s increase your chances of winning with our 5 key markers for success.

Here are 6 ways for mastering winning a giveaway

Just entering the book giveaways is not enough to win a giveaway. There are a handful of key ways to maximize your chances of winning a free book. We’ve summarised that for you here.

1. Be active on the site

The Goodreads small print for giveaways mentions ‘site activity.’

If you have not been on the website for a few months or so, your chances of winning a giveaway are reduced.

The Goodreads algorithm picks a user who has been recently active on their site, so we recommend keeping your account active.

You can stay active by liking or commenting, voting in a poll, or adding a book to your shelf. All of this activity adds up and changes your algorithm.

2. Write a few reviews of books you have read

Writing a book review doesn’t have to be complicated.

Understandably, your first one may take time, and you may not know where to start. We recommend you start somewhere.

All you need to do is cover why you enjoyed the book or didn’t and if you would recommend it.

You don’t have to write a long review either, and just a simple one will do. Your chances of winning are not changed if you write long reviews.

3. Have lots of books on your shelves

Growing your book list is one of the best and easiest ways to increase your chances of winning. We know how easily book lists keep on growing.

You can also shelve books in genre format, and all of those genres you enjoy. Plus, these books will be the ones you will likely want to win the most.

Goodreads will also inform you if there’s a book giveaway that may interest you on the ‘Want to Read’ shelf.

That’s another reason to keep updating your shelf with books you like the sound of.

4. Join a few groups

There are many groups on Goodreads, so consider joining a few groups. 

Once you’re part of a few groups, don’t forget to participate. You can add comments in these groups and join discussions that may interest you.

You can participate in groups that talk about the genres and types of books you enjoy reading. You can also learn something new by joining a book group you know nothing about.

5. Rate the books you want to win

Don’t forget to rate the books on your ‘Read’ shelf. You should do this for every genre or category in which you want to win books.

You can also find your perfect giveaway by browsing past giveaways by the most popular authors, the recently listed ones, and those which are coming to a close.

You can also search for giveaways by genre and your favorite kinds, so don’t miss out on entering a giveaway you’ll love.

That’s it. Those are the keys to mastering the giveaways. 

Our summary is: be active and stock your bookshelves, learn about rating and reviewing books, and be social in the book groups.

If you do all of this in our guide, you’ll be well on your way to mastering your chance of winning a Goodreads giveaway.

6. Leverage GiveawayListing’s live lists

Giveawaylisting.com features a 24/7 live feed of the most popular, active Goodreads giveaways. This can be seen at the top of this guide, so make sure to check it frequently.

The lists get automatically updated every hour with the best-rated Goodreads giveaway deals. Additionally, on our homepage you can find many more live giveaway feeds, all available for free.

How much are Goodreads giveaways for entrants?

For the readers out there – it’s completely free to enter a giveaway. You can find out more about entering the giveaways in our FAQ below. 

For the authors, there’s a bit more to understand about how much the giveaways will cost you.

As stated by Goodreads, authors and publishers can choose between two options: the Standard and Premium packages.

These two packages are intended to help promote books to readers, build your audience, and generate early reviews for your new book.

We’ll cover that now. 

How much does it cost to run a Goodreads giveaway?

Details of the two options to run a Goodreads giveaway are as follows:

1. The Standard Giveaway costs $119 per giveaway.

Everyone who enters this giveaway automatically adds the book to their Want-to-Read list, which will promote your book via their updates.

Also, the author’s followers and anyone who has added the book to their Want-to-Read list get a notification. This will let them know there’s a giveaway starting and helps to generate even more entries. 

2. The Premium Giveaway (Print or Kindle) will cost you $599 per giveaway.

The Premium Giveaways are designed to give you more opportunities to connect with readers.

In addition to all the benefits of the Standard package, the Premium package also includes personalized touches and premium placements on Goodreads’ Giveaways page, and winners receive an email from Goodreads to remind them to rate and review their book.

Below we’ll briefly cover the process of running your own Goodreads giveaway before this step mentioned above.

Here are 5 ways to master running a giveaway

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1. Set up your Author Profile on Goodreads

If you’re not on Goodreads yet, your first step is to set up your Author profile after creating a Goodreads account and add the books you’ve written to your profile.

2. Choose what book format you’ll give away

From the Goodreads Author dashboard, you can choose what format to give away your books. You have 2 options. You can either choose from print books or a Kindle version of your book.

Consider what you’d like your reader to experience. Many readers prefer traditional “old-fashioned” books, whereas some readers prefer the modern ebook option..

3. Choose a standard or premium package

A Goodreads membership is free, but as mentioned above, there is a fee for running a book giveaway. Standard package ($119) and Premium Package ($599).

Don’t be fooled by the price. The standard package is just as good as the premium one. Even the standard one will begin your exposure as a writer.

4. Consider how many books you will give away

You can choose as many print copies as you like, but for the kindle option, there is a maximum of 100 copies allowed. 10 print copies is a good starting point.

The more books you offer, the more chances you’ll gain good exposure. The costs of printing and shipping will be covered by the publicity you’ll receive.

5. Decide what’s your giveaway timeframe

Next, you must choose the start and end dates for your giveaway.

You’re not allowed to start the giveaway less than 3 days from the time you submit the giveaway form. You also can’t set your giveaway 6 months in advance.

Let’s look at this in more detail.

How long should I run a giveaway on Goodreads?

As per the Goodreads rules, your giveaway can last anywhere between 1 week and 30 days.

Goodreads suggests that somewhere between 1 to 3 weeks is a good starting point to make your giveaway memorable.

If you want people to look forward to winning, you don’t want them to forget they entered in the first place with a drawn-out giveaway.

Find what works for you. If you run your giveaway for a month, this gives the readers more time to discover you and to enter the giveaway.

Now we will briefly cover popular need-to-know FAQs about the Goodreads giveaways.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Goodreads giveaways

How many giveaways can you enter on Goodreads?

There is a limit of only one entry per person and household using only one Goodreads account. 

You can enter multiple giveaways, but you must enter each giveaway separately. The full rules can be found on Goodreads’ terms and conditions.

Can you enter giveaways on the Goodreads app?

Yes, you can enter the giveaways on the app. You can find the official Google Play Goodreads app here.

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All you have to do is visit the Giveaways page on the app and enter the giveaway of your choice.

What happens if you win Goodreads giveaways?

If you win a giveaway, you’ll get an email. This message will also contain information regarding when your book will arrive, usually within eight weeks.

You can also choose to view your giveaway history in the app or on your account. This will tell you if winners have been chosen yet and if you’ve won.

How can I stay updated about future Goodreads/giveaways?

Make sure to check back with us to stay updated about all of the latest information regarding their book giveaways.

You can find the list of current Goodreads website giveaways through the app or their site and find all of the updated rules and information there. 

For future prizes, don’t forget to stay active on Goodreads, and enter to win the books that excite you the most.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our overview and tips about the Goodreads book giveaways. When you do enter, good luck from us at Giveaway Listing!

Before you go, don’t forget to enter our $200 Amazon gift card giveaway:

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