Book Blogger Confessions (hosted by For What It’s Worth) is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Just keep it respectful – no bashing authors or other bloggers!
Giveaways. As a blogger, how do you feel about extra entries, required entries etc? Do you have a system to choose/announce winners and keep prizes organized? What method works best for you when hosting a giveaway? (Rafflecopter/Google Doc’s or other)
Have you ever had problems hosting a giveaway sponsored by an author or publisher who is supposed to send the prize to the winner and doesn’t? How have you handled these issues?
As a prize winner – what do you do if your prize never arrives? Do you contact the blogger or just let it go?
Usually when doing a giveaway, I try not to have any required entries. I didn’t realize at first though that to enter my giveaways on Facebook that you had to follow, but I always did include points for following. Now I try to have one on there and a link to the form directly. I use Rafflecopter because it’s easier to keep track of anyone cheating with the IP address tracking.
The only thing I always make sure is mandatory, is an email where I can contact the winner with. I’ve had issues before when I first started where I had no way of contacting the winner so had to choose someone else. I don’t have giveaways too often since I can’t afford too many, but because I only have one at a time it’s easy to keep track of everything.
I’ve never had issues with any authors/publishers that I’ve hosted giveaways for (they’re usually part of a blitz or tour), I did have one issue with the Book Depository not shipping a book properly to a winner though, but it got resolved eventually after contacting them.
I’ve had one prize that I won never show up, I contacted the blogger and reminded them a few times, but they were having issues outside of the blog so I dropped it, I didn’t want to fight over one book.