Learning all about GoodReads!

GoodReads is a social network designed specifically for authors and readers. Owned by Amazon, the website currently has over 20 million members and is known as the go-to platform for readers. Goodreads stated mission is to help people find and share books they love by improving the reading and learning process throughout the world. Goodreads addressed what publishers call the “discovery problem,” guiding consumers in the digital age to find books they might want to read. GoodReads is an essential tool that can launch your career to mainstream heights. Our guideline would help you get your GoodReads account set as you thrive to become a successful writer and get the spotlight your writing deserves. 

Setting a successful GoodReads account:

    1. Sign up as a reader. Before becoming a Goodreads Author you need to sign up as a reader and complete your profile. Don’t forget to add a photo of you, no one wants to connect with a faceless icon.
    2. Claim or add your books to become part of the Goodreads Author Program. If you have an existing profile, GoodReads will upgrade it to an author’s profile.
    3. Make use of the widgets provided to you as an author on your website or email signature to let everyone know you are a Goodreads author.
    4. Write a blog or sync your blog page, that way every time you post on your blog all your friends on Goodreads will get to know you automatically. Tell stories of your writing career or your past to connect with readers.
    5. Sponsor a giveaway for your book. Run a giveaway to build buzz around your book and get reviews. You can run a giveaway for a print book or a Kindle book.
    6. Turn on Ask the Author for Q&As. Answer questions as they come in so that you start building a good rapport with fans. Use Status Updates to talk to your followers.
    7. Join a group around a topic or genre related to your book or a group for authors. You can meet people who share similar interests as you.
    8. Set public goals and garner support from those who read them. Post your upcoming events. You can announce a time you’ll be answering questions from readers via Ask the Author or let people know if you’re signing books IRL. People who RSVP get a reminder the day before the event.
    9. Share reviews of recent books you read, especially those within your genre. Try to review a book or two weekly. This keeps your name in front of the people who follow you and enhances your profile.
    10. Establish yourself as an expert.

5 Things Authors should NOT do in GoodReads:

    1. Don’t engage with people who negatively rate or review your books. Goodreads is a community for all readers to express their honest opinions about the books they choose to read and shelve. Engaging with people who don’t like your book will not win you any new readers. Remember that Goodreads is a public space; other readers will see a reaction from the author and interpret it as hostile regardless of how carefully the response was crafted.
    2. Don’t contact members who have shelved your book or related work. We consider this spam, and it will result in Goodreads members flagging your activity for review.
    3. Don’t send mass friend requests. Goodreads is a great place to meet other book lovers. However, be sensitive to the fact that some members are only looking to befriend a small circle. We suggest only adding other members you are genuinely interested in following and interacting with.
    4. Don’t join groups simply to promote your book. 
    5. Don’t attempt to influence reviews of your book.

Creating lists on Goodreads

There are two key ways you can utilize Goodreads lists:

  1. You create your lists for Listopia. A great way to start interacting in the GoodReads community but Listopia doesn’t let you list your book (if you’ve already marked it as your book). However, creating engaging lists that readers will enjoy will show your level of authority on the subject and it can help you build your profile.
  2. You add your book to other people’s lists. You can attempt to bolster your book through association with others. The key to understanding how this concept can work for you is understanding that these lists aren’t static. You get upvotes and downvotes. If you have a good book, your fans will give you an upvote, which will increase your score and potentially move you higher on the list. The more popular your book becomes, the higher it rises. In some genres, this becomes difficult due to the overwhelming number of books on these lists. But in more niche categories, lists can be a wonderful way to promote your book and get those sweet, sweet sales. Just be legit about this. 

Friendly Advice from SOOP:

  1. Do not saturate readers with publicity. Advertising is OK to a certain level, but when you saturate your page with publicity, authors and readers could go away. Add distinction to your repertoire of skills instead. Be creative with the way you sell yourself and take advantage of the many features Goodreads offers to help your page become one of the best out there.
  2. Do not link your GoodReads accounts to your Social Media platforms. If you are counting on the support of your inner circle, then GoodReads might have a problem with that. If you link your Goodreads account to your Facebook, for example, Goodreads reviews left by your Facebook friends may not be usable on Amazon and the Kindle marketplace since they are connected to you. Also don’t use an email that is connected to either your kindle direct publishing or your Amazon shopping account.

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