A few blog posts back, the thought entered my head that contests are great things for writers; not real ground-breaking news, no. Writers have been entering contest forever.

But for me, it IS a new thought.

Come to find out, the contests are not just all about a writer sending in short stories to various people in order to win $50 and gain one more star on the chart.

Authors give their own books away in contests, too!

The idea intrigued me, so I’ve been investigating a few contests lately and thanks to Jody Hedlund, author of The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady, I’m going to learn a great deal about this marketing tool!

(I’ve decided that once my own book is in print, I’m going to do this, too. Right at this moment, however, my debut novel is still on my editor’s desk and  I have no idea how to host a book giveaway!)

Many authors use this marketing tool with great success; I just entered a book giveaway contest this morning hosted by Sara McClung, where she has 5 signed copies of various books for the winners.

It sounds like an easy thing to do … just ask people, “Do you want this book? Which one would you like? Fine. Here ya go … happy reading!”

You’ll hear more about my findings and discoveries along the way. This is going to be fun!