How to Win a Free Copy of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

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As you probably know by now, we are giving away five copies of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying on Goodreads in the month of February. We had nearly 1,000 readers enter to win our last Goodreads Giveaway in July. So how do you help make sure that you are one of the five lucky winners? Read these tips to find out!

First – Goodreads’ method of selecting winners:

‘If more people are interested in a book than there are copies available [which is nearly always the case], we will pick the winners at our discretion. The factors that go into our algorithm are: randomness, site activity, genre of books on your shelves, current phase of the moon, and more.’

This is SO important! In order to up your chances of winning a copy of Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, you need to get active on Goodreads. Here are some tips:

1. Write reviews

Did you LOVE Gone Girl? Then write a line or two about it on Goodreads. Better yet, have you gotten into indie books lately? Then do those writers a big favor and tell the world what you think! Even if you didn’t love a book, more reviews give other readers a better idea of whether or not they should try it. More importantly, we, as authors, want to hear what you think!

2. Visit Goodreads more often

If one of the criteria is “site activity,” it’s important that you get on Goodreads and demonstrate that you make good use of your account. Goodreads wants to give books to people who will review them on their website, put them on a few lists, and vote in a few polls. Do all of the above and you might move to the top of the list!

3. Add some books to your shelves

If you add books that are in a similar genre to the one you want to win, many people believe it will increase your chances of winning the giveaway.

4. Rate books

If you have books on your “Read” shelf that you haven’t rated yet, rate them now! It’s an easy way to increase your chances of winning.

And the best way to increase your chances of winning a free book? Follow the Art of Spying blog, “like” us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. That way, you’ll always know when we are hosting new giveaways!

Guest Post: Changed by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter isn’t just a boy nor is it just a story. J.K. Rowling has created a world that continues to shock me. Her wizarding world has brought people of every age, point in life, and from all different counties together! She has united the world! I don’t believe we give enough thought to this amazing fact.

The fandom of Harry Potter is so unique and unlike anything that this world has ever seen. Its members are kind and supportive which I believe is due to all the life lessons in the books.

I have made lasting friendship with people from all over the world due to the imagination of one woman. It’s amazing to think about how much Ms. Rowling has changed the world simply by words. The impact she has had will never be forgotten nor will it fade but continue to grow with each day. I know I am not alone in saying that Harry and Jo have made a true difference in my life. Harry taught me the true meaning of friendship between the pages of the books to my real life friends who were forged over our shared love for Harry. I’m shaking as I write this. This has been in the back of my head for a while now but writing it down makes me think of how words cannot even begin to describe what J.K. Rowling has done for the world.

Ask yourself of how much of an impact Harry and Jo has had on you. I’m betting you can create a list!

As I thought about how many people (basically all of us Potterheads) have been changed by Harry and Jo, I decided to create a site to share your messages to J.K. Rowling on how she has affected you. I didn’t just want to have a whole bunch of messages though. I wanted to continue the line of impact by having fans donate to The Anne Rowling Clinic if they wish to have their message be placed on the top of the list of messages, so that J.K. Rowling herself might just read it! The Anne Rowling Clinic is one of Jo’s personal charities. The clinic provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials. Anyone who donates will also be entered into a contest with prizes such as a signed ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ movie script signed by J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, and Tom Felton. Plus, much more! Tis the season for spreading change! For more information, please visit


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Lynn and Peter, the authors of Art of Spying, certainly agree that Harry Potter changes lives — because it has certainly changed theirs! Our friends at are doing amazing work, and we encourage you to check them out!