I was reminded of a giveaway this afternoon, when the person e-mailed me telling me I’d won the ARC.
I don’t tend to keep track of which giveaways I’ve entered, most people e-mail you if you’ve won, so to cut down on needless clutter, I don’t bookmark the pages after entering. But then I tend to not remember that I’ve actually entered a giveaway. Which is fine, I’ve only won twice in the 6 months I’ve been blogging.
I don’t enter every giveaway I see, only ones for books I’d actually want to read and don’t have yet. And of course, for gift cards. *grins* Even when I was first starting out, I’d only enter if I actually thought I might want to read the book.
I’ve seen others comment that when they first started entering giveaways, they’d enter any they saw no matter what it was for. They just got so caught up in wanting to win something, they went for anything, even if it ended up not being a book they actually wanted to read.
I can understand that, it’s fun to win! And the excitement of getting an ARC (maybe your first ever?) would certainly add to the appeal. But I just can’t do it unless I actually want to read the book. I’d feel bad about taking it away from someone who actually wanted it if I won a book I didn’t care about. Plus it would just end up in my TBR Pile Of Doom, and if I wasn’t very attached, it might be years before I read and reviewed it.
So when I see a giveaway, I make myself read the book description. And then think about if I actually wanted to read it. If it sounds perfect for me, I’ll enter. If it sounds like I might like it, I enter. If I read the description and I’m all “meh… maybe…?” I skip it and move on to some other website. If I’m not sold on the description, but it’s an author I love? I’ll enter. It’s always possible the description isn’t all that great but the book is awesome!
And if it turns out that everyone I trust is telling me I have to read that book, but I missed out on the giveaway, I’ll buy it or borrow it from the library.
How do you all handle giveaways? Do you enter all of them? Just the ones in the genres you read? Only the books you think you’ll actually like? Or do you skip them all?