Got two minutes? Then check out this week’s quick tip ~ A day by day Goodreads plan
Hello and welcome…I am a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, as well as an author. I often struggle with my own writing, and I have found that sometimes, a little reminder of ways to improve the process can be helpful, so, I like to share these moments of brilliance with others :). But, in this busy world of ours, who has time for pages and pages of writing tips? That’s why I’ve condensed mine down to quick flashes you can read in (approximately) two minutes. Enjoy…
Disclaimer: All of my tips are suggestions, and are only my opinion. And, for the most part, there are exceptions when going against my advice will make your story read better. Take what works, leave the rest.
I haven’t been very active on Goodreads, but I am a member of several groups. The problem is, I do not participate in any of them. I intend to make some changes, and while I’m not sure how beneficial they will be in terms of marketing (and therefore you might be wondering why I’m sharing them now :)), I am still going to do it, because not only am I an author, I’m a reader. And, if participating in Goodreads never leads to sales, it will still give me the opportunity to meet other book lovers and discover new authors/books. Since we are all SO busy, we don’t have time to try all of these at once. My recommendation is to try one per day. In a week’s time, you will have dabbled in each one. 🙂
Here are some steps I plan to take…
Day One: Offer a giveaway. Goodreads provides the opportunity for authors to do a giveaway of a PRINT book. I did so a while back, and it introduced me to some new readers. My writer friend Kathy L Wheeler has been utilizing this promo tool recently, and she inspired me to try it again. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/new
Day Two: Join a FEW select Goodreads groups, preferably related to the genre you enjoy reading and writing, and actually participate in discussions, rather than pushing your book. You will eventually make some nice contacts with whom you can share that you’re an author. This type of promo is more like a seed you plant and give it time to grow. Don’t drown it immediately, or it will die. (Nor should you give it to me to care for, because I am a notorious plant killer, and it’s demise will be imminent). As I mentioned above, I belong to too many groups. I am going to pare that list down and participate in just a few that truly interest me. A tip: Choose a group or groups that are recently active. I’ve noticed some groups haven’t had any activity in a year or more.
Day Three: Make sure you mark on your author profile that you accept author questions. And, it might be a good idea to ask other authors questions from time to time. This page will show you how to set up an author discussion: https://www.goodreads.com/author/featured_groups
Day Four: Link your blog to Goodreads. This can be done from your author profile page. Be sure to make your blog description engaging.
Day Five: Update your bio from time to time and make it current and engaging.
Day Six: Recommend books. You can recommend books to your Goodreads friends, which is not only fun and will help you interact, but you are also helping out your fellow authors. https://www.goodreads.com/recommendations/new
Day Seven: Update your ‘My Books’ frequently. My shelf is very old, and I need to pay more attention to actually listing the books I’m reading and have read. You can easily add and rate the books you have in your Kindle library: https://www.goodreads.com/amazon_purchases?source=r – Which reminds me…don’t be afraid to review on Goodreads and to ask for reviews there. Unlike on Amazon, your reviews will not be removed. And, the more reviews, the more attention a book will get. Even negative reviews will bring your book more attention.
I know that some authors shy away from Goodreads because of nastiness and trolls, but I don’t think we should let them keep us away. They may or may not target you, but if you do what’s right and don’t push yourself on others, that shouldn’t be an issue. And, if it is, just ignore them. Intelligent, discerning readers can recognize trolls as well as we can.
So…what do you think? Have you or will you try any of these? If you have any tips or feedback, or just plain comments, be sure to share in the comment section.
Until next time…Happy Writing (and marketing)!
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Wanting to write and actually doing it are two very different things. I am well acquainted with the sometimes grueling process of churning out a story. Over the years, I have tried many methods for creating and completing manuscripts, and have tweaked and honed it down to a workable (for me) process.
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13 responses to “Tuesday Two-Minute Writing (Marketing) Tip – A Week’s Worth of Goodreads Suggestions for Authors”
Another good one to put into my Alicia’s wisdom file! And you reminded me of the giveaway option. The last time I did that I had a lot of entrants! Thanks for sharing!
Ha, I’m flattered you have an Alicia’s Wisdom file. 🙂 You’re welcome…thanks for stopping by!
I haven’t been very active on Goodreads. I do keep My Books fairly current, and I post reviews (but only if I like the book). I should participate in some of the groups. Like you, I may have to pare down the number. Good post, Alicia.
I haven’t even been THAT active, but I plan to start. You’re welcome…thank you for stopping by!
Great tips. I have been intimidated by the trolls, but NO MORE, thanks to you!
who are these trolls? I need to know more…please 🙂
They are spiteful reviewers who target an author and post nasty, nasty reviews and comments. Especially if an author replies to a review or tries to defend herself or himself. And, they get a bunch of their friends to post negative and one star ratings. It’s not good. But, it happens pretty rarely.
Ahh! You have inspired me to be more active on Goodreads. I, too, have joined many of their groups and I have not participated at all. I do check my own and colleagues’ reviews, however. Thanks for the nudge!
You’re welcome…I needed a nudge myself. And still do! 🙂
Alicia, if this post was near new years, it would be my new years resolution to take your goodreads challenge! I am going to try and take it anyway though 🙂
Thank you for another awesome post!
Aww, you’re welcome! Ha, yes, that would be a great New Year’s resolution. 🙂 I haven’t even taken the time to try it myself! Good luck and thank you!
I’ve read enough negative stuff re Goodreads to give me pause but OTOH, joining as a reader first would be a good plan – esp since my books aren’t ready for primetime 🙂 What do you think of Librarything?
Might as well try, right? As for Library Thing, I joined that and found it a little less author friendly than Goodreads. Or, maybe I just couldn’t add another thing to my plate and didn’t give it a chance. I’d love to hear other opinions about it. Thanks for stopping by!