If you have a few minutes to join me here on the swing, I need your help.
What kind of prize most interests you when an author is doing a drawing at a booksigning?
This week we gave away a $10 gift certificate to Salon Z. I had thought of doing a gift certificate to Kingfish. But here's the thing. On my form, people are invited to sign up--if they wish--for my newsletter. I had lots more completed forms than I had book purchases, which is fine. But sometimes I wonder if people think that signing up for the newsletter makes them more likely to win. (It doesn't; winners are chosen completely at random.)
And then someone raised the question of whether it would be better to give a book as the prize, thereby encouraging entrants who actually wanted to read a romance novel.
Some problems with using a book as a prize are that either the person needs to be present to win, or it should be an ebook. Paperbacks are expensive to ship. Another problem is that I think I'd be dissuading people from buying the book, if they had a chance to win it. What about a $10 gift certificate toward the purchase of a book? I'm currently carrying three titles in the Booksigning on Wheels.
I also have baskets--I showed you some the other day--that I can put stuff into, to create a prize. Do you like to win a basket? If so, what kind of stuff is best to put into the basket?
I'd appreciate feedback and suggestions, if you have the time. Thanks for listening.