I know a lot of authors would like to make the most out of goodreads...and for good reason. This is the perfect social networking site as it has exactly what you are looking for...readers. But it is also a potential mine field so in today's post I'm going to clue you in on some of the most important aspects of goodreads.
- Many authors abuse the readers on this forum and so they are 'wary' you need to be very delicate in how you go about your interactions.
- The "bigger you are" the more anxious people are to hear from you.
- There are many different ways to interact.
- You should optimize your goodreads external appearance
ARE ALL YOUR BOOKS LISTED?
First and foremost you should make sure that all your books (and only your books) are associated with your author's profile page. Follow these steps:
- Login (make sure this is the login associated with the author page)
- Click on Visit your Dashboard
- Just below your "Stats" you'll find a My Books Section
- If one or more of your books is not showing up...then check to see if it is "found" on Goodreads at all - do this by performing a search. If the book is not there - you can addi t by using the "manual add" feature (Click on My Books >> add books >> manually add book) and fill out the form.
Sometimes (especially if you have a popular name) you might find books that are not yours. For instance there is more than one Michael J. Sullivan and in many sites this person's book Necessary Heartbreak is attributed to my Michael even though he did not write it. If you find this to be the case then go to GoodReads Librarian group and tell them what the problem is and they can get it fixed up.
One of the things I'm always on the lookout for is multiple copies of the same book. Goodreads does a nice job of being able to group related books such that they share stats. It doesn't make sense to have 2 reviews for your hardcover, 5 reviews for your paperback, and 30 reviews for your ebook all spread around - instead you want 37 reviews all in one place - right?
Multiple copies come from different venues adding books to Goodreads. For instance in Michael's case his upcoming Theft of Swords as the following versions:
- US Paperback
- Kindle Edition
- UK Paperback
BASIC PROFILE INFORMATION
Make sure that your profile has the URL to your website/blog (you want to make it easy for people to find you yes?). Also mention what genres you write in, and who your work is influenced by. Then make sure you're using your best "long form bio". I did a post awhile back on writing bios - refer to that if you haven't gone through the exercise already. Here is an example of the bio on Michael's Good reads Page:
- A bio that gives you insight into Michael and his love for writing (little story about when he was a boy)
- A list of awards (which I notice is out of date - sigh need to update that)
- A list of his books (also out of date - shame on me)
- Contact information (I've recently added a newsletter and facebook page - so I need to update that.