Saturday, November 14, 2020

Goodreads Participation Helps Amazon Best-Selling Authors


Contributed by Carolyn Wilhelm

 Dublin author Clare O'Beara writes award-winning mysteries, quarantine lit, science-fiction, multicultural children's novels, as well as horse books. O'Beara likes to share a slice of her life and inspirations with other writers. As a past show-jumping champion in Ireland, tree surgeon, member of MENSA, World-Con volunteer, and journalism student, she comes by her knowledge with a depth of experience. She is an example of leveraging Goodreads to a writer's advantage. She credits the platform with some of her book success. 

O'Beara suggests getting involved in Goodreads Groups, which should reflect an author's genuine interests, like horses in her case or green (environmental) matters. If an author joins Groups, which are about promoting books, he or she will come across as 'all about me.'

O'Beara also writes a monthly column on Goodreads, such as her post about Ireland's Octocon. First, an author page on Goodreads is required, which has to be completed by the author. So many authors have not completed their free Goodreads author pages. Writers must then select to enter their blog feeds or could write posts on the site. While the post text area is tiny, pulling the corner out will provide a larger space to allow a lengthy article.

Of course, blog posts alone are not enough; O'Beara advises authors to read books, rate, and review them on the site. Reviewing helps other authors as well as potential readers of those books, so the author comes across as the keen book lover they are, and not just about him or herself.

Goodreads offers book lists, as well. Lists may be reviewed by authors who might include one or more of their books. Goodreads won't let you add your own books to any lists, but it's always nice to find someone else has added them. For instance, YA New Releases for October 2020 might grab your attention. Goodreads offers some tips at the top of lists, such as to double-check the book's release dates make sure that they are classified as correctly. If you see a book that doesn't fit that description, you may comment. The Goodreads librarians will check comments from time to time. 


Be sure to check favorite genres from the pop-up menu under your photo to select which to follow. Goodreads will choose for a writer, otherwise, and it might not be correct. If a person has been on Goodreads for a while and not checked on genres, it is a good idea to edit those choices, perhaps. Shelving read books can be individualized by naming shelves according to what an author wants.

Authors without Goodreads author pages are advised to set one up. If you are wondering how here is the information. (https://help.goodreads.com/s/article/How-do-I-start-a-blog-on-my-author-profile-1553870941102) Authors who already have such pages are advised to make use of the opportunity.


Carolyn Wilhelm
is the curriculum writer and sole owner of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12. As a retired teacher of 28 years, she now makes mostly free educational resources for teachers and parents. Her course about Self-Publishing from the Very, Very Beginning is available on UDEMY.

 

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5 comments:

Kayleen Reusser said...

Great post. I've posted my books on Goodreads and done an author profile, but not done much else. Is it a good idea to copy my regular blog text to the Goodreads blog? Or will potential followers think that is too much of a shortcut?

Karen Cioffi said...

Carolyn, great advice on Goodreads. I'll have to check if I created an author page on there. Thanks for sharing!

Karen Cioffi said...

Kayleen, thanks for stopping by. It shouldn't matter whether you create a blog feed which will bring your blog posts to Goodreads, or you manually republish your articles to Goodreads. Your reprints are fine.

Terry Whalin said...

Carolyn W

Thanks for these great insights about Goodreads. I'm active on Goodreads and have 5,000 friends there I(the maximum). In my profile I connected Goodreads to my blog and I know people read my blog entries over there on Goodreads (which I can tell from their comments). Millions of people use Goodreads and there are many tools for authors.

Terry

deborah lyn said...

Thanks Carolyn W--for this informative post. I'm happy to be a Goodreads author, and am looking to enlarge my audience there. Looks like I'll connect Goodreads and my blog posts. Thanks again for this topic.

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