When I posted the following on Facebook, I had assumed I would get some varied responses… but I have to say I was more then surprised, and unpleasantly so, by reading some of the responses that simply blew me away.
This was my FB post:
“This has been on my mind for quite a while as we run quite a lot of blog tour/ blog posts. I am surprised to see that it is becoming more and more that there isn’t even a general giveaway attached to a blog tour/post. As a blog we take the time to put up the post and promote the author, the author takes the time to provide the blog with nice posts or exclusives. Am I so wrong in thinking it would be really nice for the reader to have a chance to win something when reading the posts? Facts are that it does make a lot of a difference when a giveaway is attached (and to be clear the giveaway doesn’t even have to be huge often an ecopy or a small gc makes the difference) #confused”
Some great authors , bloggers and organizers took the time to reply to my post and what they told me made me really see that there are so many different angles to this whole situation.
Where I honestly believe in what I said, and that is wondering why the situation is how it is, my eyes definitely were opened to other viewpoints.
It absolutely blew me away to read that winners sometimes ask for other things because they don’t like the author, don’t read “gay” fiction, or simply want a gift card instead of the free book that is offered as the prize. That is beyond rude and to read that people who won a free book don’t even take the courtesy to say thanks… WOW!
I am first and foremost a reader. When I win something I am over the moon and feel really lucky; first because I won a book by an author I really want to read, as otherwise I wouldn’t have entered the giveaway; and second, I am very appreciative of the author having offered a copy of a work they spent countless hours and money on… and they gave it to me for free in a giveaway.
To hear and see proof that honestly it is a rare thing to give thanks still blows me away while typing this. Even on giveaways I have run myself, I spend hours and hours of time talking to people asking them to donate something, putting the posts together, and then apparently even those prizes don’t get claimed. This really makes you reconsider things.
Another issue was raised on the post that I want to share. That is the issue about ARC copies and reviews. Well… I stand strong in my beliefs on that one. If you receive an ARC you need to deliver a review. In the very rare occasion it might happen that there is an issue, you contact the author and talk with them to see how to get a workable solution. If authors send out ARCs and they don’t get a review, why would they want to keep sending them out??
On the bloggers part, as I mentioned in my FB post, I do believe it makes a difference when there is a giveaway attached to a post and I honestly believe it doesn’t have to be a big one because a real fan and lover will appreciate even the tiniest gesture. Not denying the fact that it indeed draws a bit more people to the posts which also is nice for the blog, for the work they also put into it.
To be clear, my post was not in any way meant to ‘shame’ anyone and try to get more giveaways. A giveaway is not an obligation, nor is it automatically expected. I am merely saying that for a blog there are also things that are considered worthy. (if that makes sense)
On the issue of the same people entering and winning every time, I have seen new people visiting posts, finding new blogs, and getting interested in different authors. For me, that is a win win as a blogger and as a promoter for the author. Of course reading that it doesn’t do anything for sales is sad, but I do hope that it is also about connecting with a blog and its readers.
Thank you all for listening and for the insight 🙂