Some authors actually give away a Kindle as a prize to someone commenting on a blog post during a blog tour. I've seen a few that have given away an Amazon gift certificate. Most give away a copy of the book that they are promoting on the blog tour.
I have given away a copy of the book I'm promoting if a blog host has asked for that. However, since I'm on a blog tour to promote a particular book I'd rather that the readers following the tour would buy the book, I prefer to give away and earlier book in the series.
Lately though, the most popular prize on my blog tours has been to have the winner's name used for a character in the next book. How do I know it's the most popular? Because I have so many people who make comments on nearly every blog I'm visiting.
And yes, sometimes the winner turns out to be a fellow author, and I've had several reader end up being a character in the book.
I write down each and every name that is posted on each blog and keep track diligently of how many times a person commented. The one who commented the most times is the winner.
I've had a lot of fun doing this and will probably continue for my next book.
At the moment I'm finishing up a book with a winner's name as a very important character.
What do you think? Would you take the time to follow a blog and commenting hoping to have a character in the next book named after you?
If not, what kind of prize would keep you commenting?
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith