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Goodreads is good for authors

GoodreadsGoodreads is a great place for readers to share information about books they’ve read, they’re reading and they’d like to read. Everyone can post reviews, share interests and follow other people such as friends or people with similar reading interests. But Goodreads is also a great place for you as an author to market your book. You can create an author page for starters and promote all your books to the millions of members.

Here are some of  the things you can do as an author (info taken from the Goodreads website):

  • Add a picture and bio.
  • Share your list of favorite books and recent reads with your fans!
  • Write a blog and generate a band of followers.
  • Publicize upcoming events, such as book signings and speaking engagements.
  • Share book excerpts and other writing.
  • Write a quiz about your book or a related topic.
  • Post videos.
  • Add the Goodreads Author widget to to your personal website or blog to show off reviews of your books.

You can also promote your books by:

  • Sign up to advertise your book to up to the Goodreads Community—15,000,000 readers!
  • List a book giveaway to generate pre-launch buzz.
  • Lead a Q&A discussion group for readers.
  • Participate in discussions on your profile, in groups and in the discussion forums for your books.

As you can see Goodreads can do great things for your book marketing and most of it is free (even better!). I would definitely recommend it. Unfortunately I don’t get any royalties from recommending Goodreads which means I recommend it because I really believe it’s good. And I don’t seem to be the only one – see links below. 🙂

What do you think? Have you had any experience (good or bad) with Goodreads?

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Have a home for your reviews

reviewI’m assuming you already have an author website or even a special website for your book. You might have put the odd review on there as well.

My recommendation for today is to create a page especially for your reviews.This could be reviews written by journalists, book bloggers or reviews that readers sent to you after reading your book. Put them all up, even the not so favourable ones, it makes the review page well rounded and honest. Invite your readers to email you reviews I with the promise to put them up on the website. Everyone likes to see their work published, even if it’s just a review. Also, collect any reviews you have received on places like Amazon or Goodreads, just make sure you credit exactly where they came from, and add links where appropriate. This is especially important for blogger reviews.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about a great way of getting more reviews for your book(s).

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