Question for all your reader/writer types:
When an author is trying to promote a book, what works for you? What doesn't?
Do contests for gift cards and Kindles really prompt you to consider buying a book, or at least putting it on your to-be-read list? What about blog tours and interviews? Goodreads and Amazon reviews?
Cover reveals? Excerpts from the book? Tweets about the book? Release day countdown widgets?
Are there things you see that you find effective? Annoying? Whatever? Ideas that you'd always thought, "Hey, I wonder why no one does ___________?"
This is something I've been curious about for awhile, having followed a lot of writery blogs/twitter feeds. Any thoughts you might want to share would be greatly appreciated. For anyone who doesn't want to publicly comment, shoot me an email and I'll share your (name-free) suggestions on the old blogaroo for the greater enlightenment of us all.