Do you know about Booksweeps?
I discovered them last year, when Jeanne included one of her Touched By A Demon books in a paranormal romance sweep. I joined an Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy collection, and it went so well I decided to do it again this year. Here’s the graphic for this year’s sweep:
A Booksweep is a contest that aims to connect avid readers of a particular subgenre with authors who’d like to reach a wider readership. First prize is usually something like an e-reader plus a free copy of every book in the sweep. Second prize is a free copy of every book.
Authors pay to be included. Readers don’t pay to play. They sign up for the sweep by joining the mailing list of the authors they like the look of out of the selection offered. They don’t have to join every list, but each one they join gives them a better chance of winning. Of course they could immediately unsubscribe from every list they choose, but past experience suggests that many don’t—as long as they enjoy the newsletter.
Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy is a nice broad definition and I think the fifty books in the bundle offer something for anyone who enjoys reading this subgenre. There are wizards, warlocks, orphans, slaves, assassins, royalty, fae, dragons, monsters, even a centaur 🙂 .
My book The Seeds of Power is historical fantasy, set in a royal court. It has a strong heroine, chivalrous hero, elemental magic, and life-or-death stakes. I think it will fit right in.
I like stories that highlight a central character—double yay if she’s female—so I’ll be reading the blurbs and Look Inside samples to see which ones best suit my tastes.
Do any of the covers in the graphic above grab your attention? If so I’d love to know which ones, and why.
If you like the idea of Booksweeps, but fantasy isn’t for you there are current and upcoming sweeps featuring romantic suspense, thrillers, inspirational, new adult, paranormal and sci-fi romance.
The Epic, Sword & Sorcery Booksweep runs until Wednesday (13 January). If it looks like your thing, click HERE to join me there (and I hope you win)!
That’s quite a range of books in the bundle! It even looks like one or two of them might be comedies (“White Trash Warlocks,” anyone?), which you don’t see every day.
Glad to hear that Booksweeps is working for you—usually the topics don’t fit anything I write, so I’ve stopped checking it out. But once, long before there was a Booksweeps, there were blog hops, which is the same mechanism, only you did the work yourself and it was signing up for a blog rather than a newsletter. I did those a couple of times, and I did have moderately good results. But the work! It was killer. So glad that Booksweeps is there to take on the chores.