New ways to rip-off aspiring self-publishing authors.
Incredible. Two years ago I did “giveaways” on Goodreads. They were expensive because they meant buying books and shipping books to anyone who’d asked for one, up to the number you said you had to give away, in my case 5 copies each of three different titles. That was met buying 15 books at close to $7 each and between $3 – $7 postage each. That’s AT LEAST $150. The idea was to get reviews from the people who’d gotten free books.
That didn’t happen. I don’t think my “giveaway” yielded any reviews at all. Maybe one or two, but it’s doubtful. One woman even complained that it “took too long to get the book.” Seriously.
And NOW Goodreads is CHARGING authors for basically NOTHING. So, if I wanted to DO a giveaway for The Price (which I was thinking of since no one reviews it) would have to pay Goodreads (a subsidiary of Amazon at this point) $119 so that I could buy books and pay to ship them. What would I get for that $119? Nothing that I wouldn’t have anyway.
And who looks at Goodreads to get recommendations for books? I don’t know anyone, though I’ve heard it’s an active community of book lovers.
What do you think?