The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop: Thoughts and Winners
June 28, 2012 17 Comments
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop has ended and was again a great success, from what I hear from other participants and entrants. Before I announce the winner of my giveaway, I’d like to share some thoughts and other comments with you.
The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop has now been held five times. I, Judith, the owner of Leeswammes’ Blog, started this initiative and have organised every hop so far (and am planning to continue for a while yet).
The hop takes place every four months: February, June and October. There is an invitation to participate about a month beforehand on my blog. I invite people that have participated before (as givers) by email.
Other people, please follow my blog if you want to know about the next blog hop. It doesn’t feel right to keep an email list of people that aren’t subscribed to my blog (as I was planning to do), just to do them a favour and warn them when the next blog hop is coming up. Do me a favor: subscribe to my blog so you’re always the first to know when it’s happening!
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There have been absolutely no negative sounds in the blogging world, but I still feel a little explanation is warranted on the term literary in this blog hop. It feels so snobbish! It’s not meant to be that, at all.
Here’s my story:
I love entering giveaways and I love giving away books! I often end up looking at giveaway blog hops, and I get all excited: lots of books to be won! Lots of international giveaways! (I’m in the Netherlands, so cannot enter US only giveaways). Yay!
Then I start hopping: YA books, Romance, Urban fiction. There are so many blogs offering these types of books. Sometimes I see something I like (e.g., YA Dystopian fiction) but most of the blogs, I have a quick look, and I don’t enter. Next!
There is nothing wrong with those books or those blogs, it’s just that they don’t interest me so much, generally speaking.
So, what could be an exciting blog hop, becomes boring, and I give up. I could list my own blog in such a bog hop, but it would feel out of place. So…
I decided there was a gap in the market: at least one person (me) was interested in another kind of blog hop. One that had different types of books. Its name: I decided for literary to make it clearly different from the other blog hops. It doesn’t really cover the content. As far as I’m concerned, more general contemporary fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, science fiction and non-fiction can also be used in the giveaways. So, while I would not want to see “pulp” books, I’m quite loose on the literary thing.
Anyway, the result is a blog hop where I get all excited and go Yay! And I visit the blogs and, no lying here, almost all of the blogs have books that I would love to read or books I have already read. It’s hopping heaven for me!
So, don’t worry too much about the word literary, as long as the hop is Hopping Heaven for me and similar bloggers, everybody wins!
What others thought
In the form to enter my giveaway, I had a comment box. Just for fun, to see what people would say. I had a great time reading these comments. This is a selection of what people said:
- Thank you!
- I’ve just discovered this blog through another giveaway on a different blog – thank you for hosting and for introducing me to all these other great book blogs!
- I read your blog everyday but I’ve never left a comment or entered your giveaways – but now I’m 50, this may change!
- Thank you for your generosity, and for being the PIONEER in starting the Literary Giveaway Hop. Great selection of books, too.
- If I win, I’d love to pay it forward by reviewing the book on my blog and on GoodReads.
- What a great giveaway! I’m a new follower so I’ll be sure to participate the next time you host this hop!
- Please continue reviewing books!
- Dying to read this book!
The Winner of My Giveaway
I used random.org to find me a winner. From over 200 entrants, the winner is…..
Shelleyrae of Book’d Out!
I will notify the winner by email. The winner needs to answer my email within 3 days, or I’ll announce a new winner.
Thanks everyone !
Thank you to all participants – givers and entrants (although a lot of you were both!). I hope you had fun taking part in the blog hop. As there were over 60 blogs participating, we must have over 60 winners! How great is that? If you’re a winner, leave a comment, I’d love to know.
If you’ve got any thoughts about the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop,
please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.