A Writer's Guide to: Goodreads

Let me start today's post with a great big ol' "Thank you" and a group hug. Your support and congratulations on Monday's post about becoming an agent absolutely made my day. You guys rock!

Now on to business. Specifically, the business of reading ... on Goodreads!


Michael J. Sullivan had this to say about goodreads in a comment on Reddit: “The most important thing to remember about goodreads is that members of this site REALLY hate self-promotion. Primarily because too many authors come to the site and do drive-by posts and leave. This makes their radar on such matters very sensitive. The key to goodreads is to become a member of the community first…and mention your writing only in context and when appropriate.”

Sounds savvy to me. After all, goodreads is a site for readers. If the authors show up and get all spammy, the readers will leave and authors will be faced with talking to each other. This is what a lot of blog tours have turned in to and should be avoided.

Not to be outdone, Michael's wife, Robin Sullivan, put together an entire series about writer's maximizing goodreads. You can find the full list of her posts on this great Galley Cat article.

One of the most under utilized and probably most complicated aspects of goodreads is their author program. Never fear, the good people of Savvy Book Writers put all the essential steps into one handy post. Like I said, good people. 

In case you're not convinced, check out this great goodreads infographic from the same good people at Savvy Book Writers. It's a by the numbers frying pan to the head that should convince even the most techno-phobic writer that good reads is the place to be.

Still to come in the "Writer's Guide To" series: tips on maximizing your blog and tackling the email list. After that, I'm open to suggestions. Let me know if there are social media sites out there you want to learn more about or parts of the platform that leave you a bit hazy.