Use Goodreads to market your book and connect with passionate readers. Goodreads is a great book marketing tool.

It’s #ThrowbackThursday. Join me as we look back at a blog post from April, 2017:

Goodreads is a great book marketing tool

Goodreads is a great book marketing tool.

Use Goodreads to market your book and connect with passionate readers.

Goodreads is a great book marketing tool for writers. Who would you rather target? Someone on Twitter or Facebook who might be interested in reading your book, or an avid reader? An avid reader, of course. Fifty-five million of them. Bing, bing, bing, we have a winner!

Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. Why wouldn’t you take advantage of this FREE site to market your books?

Connect with passionate, influential readers who can discuss, share, and promote your books. Join groups, find new authors to read, conduct a poll and host a giveaway—it’s a virtual party!

How to get started:

  • Go to Goodreads.com and create an account. If you have an existing reader account, search for one of your published books and click on your author name, listed below the title of your book.
  • You will be redirected to your basic author profile page. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Is this you? Let us know” to send a request to join the Goodreads Author Program.
  • You will receive an email confirmation in a few days. The Goodreads librarians will merge your member page with your author page.

What you can do on your author page

  • Fill out your bio, including a call to action to visit your website. Your bios should be consistent across all social media platforms.
  • Add a current photo. This should be a photo of you, so your readers can make a connection.
  • Add your website and blog URL.
  • Link your blog to Goodreads. Once linked, Goodreads will automatically import your newest post.
  • Pose a few questions to yourself and answer them in the “Ask the Author” section. This is a great way to get a head start on connecting to your readers.
  • Embed a video. Add book trailers or a video from your YouTube channel.
  • Add an event. Do you have a booksigning or talk scheduled? Add it to the events calendar.
  • Post quotes from your books.
  • Add your books! Rate them. Review them. Get the party started!
  • Add at least 20 other books to your bookshelf. Don’t worry, Amazon (owner of Goodreads) can help. Every time you purchase a book on Amazon, it will appear in your To-Be-Read section of your bookshelf.
  • List a giveaway to get free exposure to your book.
  • Conduct a poll.
  • Connect the Goodreads app to your Facebook page.
  • Add a free book excerpt (.pdf)

How can you promote your books?

  • Be active
  • Join a group or groups and participate
  • Write a review
  • Comment on existing reviews
  • Respond to friend requests
  • Host a giveaway
  • Conduct a poll
  • Update your writing progress on a book you’re reading
  • Vote on a list
  • Click “want to read” on a book
  • Run a Goodreads ad to promote more readers
  • Add an excerpt of one of your books

Goodreads is a great book marketing tool

Do you have your Goodreads Author Page set up? What’s stopping you?

Did I miss a tip? What’s been your experience with the Goodreads Author Program?

Why not use it to promote your books?



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Draft2Digital is a viable means of distributing your ebook

Draft to Digital #ThrowbackThursday

It’s #ThrowbackThursday. I’m dusting off a post I wrote in April, 2017 as part of the AtoZChallenge.

**Update notice—Draft2Digital now uploads to Amazon***

For today’s #AtoZChallenge, the letter “D” is for Draft2Digital.

#AtoZChallenge is a blogging challenge that takes place in April (except on Sundays). Participants blog every day around a theme of their choosing, in alphabetical order. Throughout the month of April, I’ll share tips, links, and insights I’ve learned in my writing career.

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What is your book nyet factor?

Throwback Thursday

It’s #ThrowbackThursday, and I’ve picked a blog post that originally ran on Sept. 1, 2009. I talk about a book’s nyet factor, or say No to bad books. Life is too short to waste it reading bad books.

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor? How long do you read into a book before deciding to give up on it? Click To Tweet

Or do you suffer all the way to the end? Don’t laugh—if Amazon reviews are any indication, there are tons of reviewers who force themselves to read those terrible books they give 0-1 stars to.

I ask because I recently picked up a new book at the library, a novel I’ve heard good things about. I’m barely 40 pages into it, and wonder at the wisdom of plunging in any further. Maybe I’m put off by the daunting size – almost 800 pages. Or maybe the Hero’s Journey style of storywriting strikes a chord with me.  This book has no gripping hook or invitation to the other world, and I haven’t related to the myriad characters introduced so far.

I once read you should use the following formula in determining how many pages you should read before giving up : 100 minus your age. I think that’s about right. There are too many good books out there that are more worthy of my time. Goodness knows, I have lists and lists of them, not to mention my TBR pile (currently outweighed by my discard pile.)

What is your book nyet factor?

***2017 Cheryl returning. I hope you’ve enjoyed the flight in the wayback machine to 2009. Have you thrown a book against the wall because it’s so bad? Driven a steak knife through it? (Don’t laugh, I have a friend who boast about stabbing a book). Do you worry the book you’re writing will earn the nyet award? Post your comments below and share your story (or stories)  of reading bad books.



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