If you're an author and have a book to give away for free and are interested, here's a link to a site the owner sent me on Facebook last night: http://authorsandtheirbooks.blogspot.com/
I like to target sites, like romance sites, that cater to readers who would more than likely enjoy my books, rather than sites that are a free-for-all. Which is another key to promotion--target the right audience.
Oh sure, sometimes you'll snag a reader who might not ever have been interested in your work, and in fact on the Casablanca blog I did yesterday, a reader said she thought she'd never be interested in a werewolf, but now wants to give it a try because of the excerpt I posted. So you never know.
Even on Link Referral, I've had comments from people who have very different kinds of websites check mine out just to review and get interested in the kinds of books I write. So it's a gamble. For link referral, no problem. I don't give anything away so exposure to different readers is fine. Just like being on other book sites. Anyone can pop in and see what I'm doing and it doesn't cost me anything.
But for something like this Authors and Their Book Sites, I would be obligated to ship a book for the contest. When I see inspirational books mixed in with fantasy and other kinds of works....then it gets to be too much of a hodge podge. And no one's trying to get just my book, but whoever's. I like to think if I'm giving my book away, it's because someone really is interested in the kinds of books I write! :)
Tomorrow on my regular blog, I'll be posting a guest blog for an author friend of mine. By posting on my blog, the author will reach readers that she might not, and some of her fans may drop by my blog and check out my own works. Guest blogging is a win-win situation. http://terry-spear.blogspot.com/
And a good author friend of mine sent this to me--so if you're interested in entering an unpublished mss, here you go:
Yesterday, I watched my mother have a bone biopsy done. Not that I wanted to. I thought they'd take her somewhere else. :) And they didn't have me leave the room. But the doctor is extremely good, and we've been pleased with his concern over her case. We're still praying we will have good news, though the doctor is warning us it might not turn out good at all, which I don't want to dwell on now--hoping that the good news will still come.
But in the interest of writing, I now can say I've actually watched a bone marrow biopsy take place and if I ever need to put it in a story, I can. :(
Hoping everyone has a great Thursday. :)