Thursday, April 30, 2015

GoodReads—Not Another Social Media Outlet!

with guest Cindy Green.

When I became a published author over eight years ago, I didn’t realize I was going to need a Marketing degree or to go outside of my introverted comfort zone and create a social media presence. The term ‘social media’ hadn’t even come into common use in 2006 when my first book came out. (Although, they say the term was coined in the 1990’s.)

Today it is commonly assumed that as a published author you will be visible on social media. There is no place for the reclusive author who holes up in their secluded cabin and just pumps out books one after the other. But wouldn’t that be nice! No, today you should be spending 20% of your time (and no more) on Marketing which is now primarily social media. 

Now that we have accepted the reality that we have to engage in social media, what do we do and how do we do it? The wisdom I hear from book publicists is that you should pick three types of social media and stick with those and be consistent on them. I’m very present on Facebook and blogging, a little less on Twitter, barely on Pinterest and Google+, but I am becoming more and more active on GoodReads (although, I’m still learning). However, my journey with GoodReads was not always so agreeable. 

GoodReads launched right about the same time as my first book, but it wasn’t until around 2008 that I noticed every author I knew starting to set up an author account and getting listed on this ‘social catalogue.’ So, I did the same. I wrote up a biography, posted my picture and listed my books under my name. And then very honestly, I lost interest and very rarely went on GoodReads again. In 2011, I made a change in my career and pulled several of my books to Out of Print status. I’d wanted to remove those books from GoodReads too, but they wouldn’t. That’s because they are a ‘social-catalogue.’ They want a record of every book ever published. So I closed my account and left GoodReads. 

About a year later, I went back and set up a new account and started all over again. Still, I didn’t quite like it and so I stopped using the medium. In fact, I dropped out of writing and everything for a few years. This past March, I had a new book release, Andrea and the 5 Day Challenge (Book 1 in the Aubrey Christian Academy series). It’s a new genre too. I was reinventing myself as a Christian Young Adult author. It was going to be like starting all over again. 

My publisher listed my new YA title on Amazon and GoodReads ahead of release. And I started to think of how I could start getting reviews ahead of time. One piece of advice I receive was to look at the books which were were similar to my own and the people reviewing them. If you can contact them, send a message and see if they might want to review yours as well. Here was that moving out of my comfort zone thing again, but I thought what could it hurt. 

I tried that at Amazon first, but it seemed most of those reviewing in my genre hadn’t left any contact information on their profiles. So, I thought I’d try GoodReads because you could at least message users on GoodReads. I ended up contacting seven review writers and each one of them responded back positively. They definitely wanted to review my book. And (here’s the important part) They Did! In fact, I got into some really fun conversations with teen girls about books and even met some book bloggers while contacting reviewers. It was refreshing actually interacting with readers. And that is what you will find on GoodReads. READERS!

Here is the thing that is different about members on GoodReads compared to many other social media outlets. There are readers there! They review the books they like and don’t like. This is what they do! It’s not even like when a group of your friends read your book for book club. They liked it. They enjoyed talking about it with you, but getting them to put up a review on Amazon, etc…is like pulling out teeth, right?? But the reviewers on GoodReads are terrific! This is what they do and why they are there on the site. 

Here are my GoodReads Author Basics:

1. Set up an author page. Not just a basic account but make sure it is a GoodReads author account. And include a picture and a biography.

2. Use all the features: the blog, Ask the Author feature (I’m currently accepting questions about my new YA novel), link all your books to your page, list books you’ve read and are reading. Be a member of this community.

3. Post reviews. Show readers you are a reader too. List what you are currently reading and review them. I find readers ‘Like’ my reviews of other books. Review your own books—as in give it 5 Stars and post something about your book. For Andrea’s book, I wrote a message to the readers and told them a little bit more about my heroine Andrea and the hero Luke. You can read it here: 

4. Join Groups. I joined several that were specific to Teen/YA books and even Christian YA. I go in there occasionally and interact with the members. They are getting to know who I am and adding my book to their lists. You can post your book on the ‘Bookshelf’ in most groups. There will likely be an Author Promotion folder and you can post about you and your book in there. But mostly just interact like any other member of the group, and they will discover that you are an author too. Friend the members who interact with you.

5. Make friends and friend those who review and add your books. They will in turn follow you which means they can see everything you do including what you post on your GoodReads blog.

6. Do a GoodReads giveaway. If you have a print book less than 6 months old, you can list it as a giveaway. The smartest way to do this is to have a giveaway that last 30-90 days. This will give you time to get the word out and for it to spread. Also, start on an odd day and end on an odd day. I started mine of the 7th of the month on a Tuesday. There will be less competition and you will have more visibility. Entrants will then add your book to their lists. If you offer more than 1 book, you will usually attract more entrants too. This brings more notice and exposure to your book which is what you are looking for in this type of giveaway. Readers who did not know about you or your book now do, have listed your book in their To Read list and may at some point read and review your book. They might even start following you. (If you haven’t entered my giveaway it is going on NOW!)

7. Create your Street Team. GoodReads is where I found the majority of my Street Team and created a private group on GoodReads for it. The readers I found here were motivated and ready to be a part of the team and use their social media contacts to talk about my book.

8. Ask a Librarian. Make sure to join the GoodReads Librarian group. Here is the link: If you have any problems or account issues, they are very helpful and quick to take care of it. For example: if one of your titles is not joined to your account or if you need to replace an old version of a book (like if it was traditionally published and is now Indie published) and so on.

This is a very basic article on using GoodReads. There is so much more, but I hope it will encourage you writers to look into GoodReads and educate yourself into using it more. Like most of social media, you have to remember, it isn’t just a big commercial. People don’t want to see that all the time. It’s about building relationships with your readers. 

Here is an article which has some great info for Authors on using GoodReads. This link will take you to Part 1 of 4: Here Is The Link!

So, which social media works best for you? Do you think it has to do with your genre/sub-genre? I have found there are a lot of Christian teens including homeschoolers on GoodReads (the kind that read).

Any other thoughts or questions on GoodReads specifically? Lets discuss and I’ll enter your name into a giveaway for a $10 Amazon giftcard. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

A Bible Study Challenge, A Prayer Journal, and Homecoming—the combination just might change her life.

Dear Lord,

I need Your help and sooner would be better than later. Wouldn't you know it, just as soon as I decide to attempt the 5-Day Bible Study Challenge, my parents start heaping on loads of pressure to get me into Julliard. My friend Amy isn't any better, urging me to ask Luke Ryan to homecoming. As if the cute, transfer jock would actually go out with me. I mean, we're kinda friends, and I've enjoyed our Geometry study sessions, but in case Amy hasn't noticed, I'm the invisible one at Aubrey Christian Academy, and I like it that way. On top of that, I have a feeling Luke's concealing something behind those chocolate-brown eyes of his. I know I can be self-centered and a bit melodramatic, but I really do want to seek Your will for my life. Then maybe I'll even figure out which direction points up.


Andrea Jamison
High School Junior
Change-o-phobic & complete neurotic

Cindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she's a multi-published, award-winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two cats named Chloe & Kassey. Visit her website at and join the Newsletter.


Melissa Jagears said...
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Melissa Jagears said...

Grrr, let's see if I can code right this time.

The write to Publish article Part 1 of 4 link didn't work for me, there's some gobbledegook in the actual link.

Here's the link for anyone that gets her before someone fixes it.

Melissa Jagears said...

Well, I made the code work, but didn't check for typos, oh well.

I do wish Goodreads was a bit more user friendly in finding things. The classes I took on web design make me so much more annoyed when I see a site that needs improvement.

I'd probably be on more if it was. I have gotten several readers off of there that have become fans because of my interacting with them, and yes, if a Goodreads user gets on your street team, you know they know how to do the social media/reviewing around the internet thing!

Here are the goodreads groups I belong to that I chose based on size and activity. That's how I decide whether I'll likely get good interactions/ROI of time in groups.

Christian Fiction Devourers

Christian Historical Fiction

Clean Romances NOte: this group is not interested in Christian Romances, just clean ones.

Mary Preston said...

I'm a reader. I have found lots of amazing authors & their books through Goodreads.

Cindy W. said...

In reviewing books, I used to just post to my blog, Amazon, and then one day I realized Goodreads was a great venue to post reviews. I started posting my reviews there and continue to do so. It could be a little more user friendly but once I learned to maneuver through it I do just fine.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome, Cindy! You've already taught me things I was clueless about.

I'll fix that link Melissa. THANK YOU!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good news, Cindy!

Today you will be FB'd, Pinterested, Tweeted, Google +'d and Blogged.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Cindy, how many books have you got planned for this new series?

Tina Radcliffe said...

So I am looking madly for typos, Melissa J..then I realized you made a typo. LOL.


Mary Hicks said...

I guess I need to work at learning more about Goodreads. I have found it to be a bit confusing in the past—maybe it's partly me.

Thanks for a good post, Cindy. It makes sense to hang out where the readers are! :-)

Thank you Melissa, for making the link work—I really wanted to read that.

Mary Hicks said...

. . . or Tina, whoever fixed the link, I did go read the article. :-)

Kelly Bridgewater said...

I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I have been reading for the current year. I have followed a number of authors on Goodreads. BUT I currently am on a number of author's street teams. I found them through Facebook and met them personally at the ACFW conference where they approach me to join. I basically do Facebook, Goodreads, and I have a Google + account that I rarely visit. Not interested in Twitter. Have a blessed week!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I am a Goodreads FAIL.

I've tried. And I've tried.

Somehow my e-mail got messed up and it's never worked right since.

They keep saying I'm already registered, but I need to answer the e-mail they've sent me...

But I never get the e-mail so there's a snag somewhere and it's most likely ME!

Thank you so much for this reminder, because I should just tackle this problem like a prize fighter!

I am now emboldened!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Tina is inside, scrambling, but I already fixed the link #eastcoastgirl

Melissa, thank you for the proper address!

Coffee is here! Have a cuppa!

Rose said...

Hi Cindy!

I love the Goodreads site. I'm not as active as I should be and I don't know why because they have a very user friendly site. Their book giveaway program couldn't be easier.

Best of luck with your book!

cathyann40 said...

I am a reader and love Goodreads. It's a site a go to every morning while drinking my coffee.

Tracey Hagwood said...

Hi Cindy, as a reader, I love Goodreads. Not only do they keep track of my books I've read but the books on my to-be-read list.
I've found great new books to read and they have a giveaway link I've just started participating in.

RUTHY, I figured there was something going on with your Goodreads page, I left you a comment back in March but I think it fell by the wayside. I hope you get your account fixed, I think the site is a great resource for readers and authors alike.

I follow all my favorite authors there, so I recieve their latest blog info, a very easy way to keep track of a lot of info in one place.

I'm still learning to navigate around the site, but all in all it really works well for me.

Tracey Hagwood said...

I forgot to mention I post reviews on Goodreads too. Amazon won't let you post a review before the book comes out but goodreads will. So if you receive an ARC you can help create some good feedback for the author in advance, always a plus.

Cindy K. Green said...

Good morning everyone! You all are bright and early posters. I was up until 1 am working on my manuscript but I'm here now!

I agree there is a definite learning curve when it comes to GoodReads and trust me I am still learning myself.

Cindy K. Green said...

Tina, there are 4 novels planned for the Aubrey Christian Academy series. Each of the 4 girls will get their own book. Book 1 Andrea & the Five Day Challenge, Book 2 Amy & the Trouble with Fathers, Book 3 Angie & the Purity Oath, Book 4 Alisha & the Road to Forgiveness.

There are also novellas planned between the novels which will be from the young men's perspectives. Luke's book is planned for this Christmas. Luke's Crazy, California Christmas.

Cindy K. Green said...

Mary & Ruth, I hope you can get things figured out over there and see if it's place for you. BUT it's not going to be for everyone. You've got to find what works for you when it comes to the whole social media ocean.

Cindy K. Green said...

Hi Rose good to see you here. :)
Morning Cathy Ann & Tracey!

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Cindy. Thanks for the excellent tips for utilizing Goodreads! I've been away for a long while, but definitely never knew how to use this site effectively.

20% of my time is not spent on social media. I must do better.

Your YA looks like a fun read!

I brought chocolate chip pancakes heaped with whipping cream for the teenager in us. :-)


Connie Queen said...

More social media?
I'm still trying to figure out the little number signs on Twitter. LOL.

I've never been on Goodreads but you've got my curiosity up. I need to read more books.

And I really want to thank Seekerville for all the wonderful books and goodies I've received lately. Sandra Leesmith box of goodies and all the other books. I've got some serious reading to do!!!

Cindy K. Green said...

Janet, chocolate chip pancakes sound awesome right about now. I kid you not, my stomach is rumbling. Time to get the kids going and make some breakfast over here.

Hello Connie, I know more social media! It's taking over.

Jackie said...

Hi Cindy,

What a great post. I've noticed once you sign up for a giveaway, the book goes on your shelf that you want to read. Then when the author starts a new giveaway of the same book, I get an email asking if I want to enter again. These emails remind me of that author and her/his story. Free publicity.

I think you're brilliant to find reviewers who reviewed other books in your genre.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Jill Kemerer said...

Cindy, this is so incredibly helpful to me!! Thank you!! I've mainly used Goodreads as a reader for the last five years, but my debut novel just released, and I did the basics on Goodreads.

I'm jotting notes on creating a reader's group (street team) and this info is exactly what I needed. Thank you!!

Jeanne T said...

Cindy, I loved this post! I'm on Goodreads, but I am not real active on there. I guess that will need to change. :)

I loved how you were able to find good reviewers for your book on there, and that a majority of your street team came from Goodreads. This girl is taking notes so when I'm at that point of publishing, I'll have some of these pieces in place.

I'd love to be in the drawing.

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Jackie, Jill, & Jeanne! Glad the article has been of help to you.

Myra Johnson said...

Wow, thank you, Cindy! I've learned so much about Goodreads from your post than I never understood before! Must bookmark this post and revisit it often while I get better acquainted with all the possibilities!

Sarah Claucherty said...

I've just recently started getting into Goodreads, and I think I'm a little bit in love with it. So many books and giveaways, it's like a book nerd's dream in there!

I find that I really enjoy the opportunities to interact with authors and other readers, and I'm more aware of new releases too. Maybe I haven't quite got it yet, but I think the giveaway system could be a little easier to navigate...

As a prolific reader, I'd love to get into reviewing books via ARC and interacting more with authors.

I'd love to be included in the giveaway!

Caryl Kane said...

I'm a reader and I have recently begun to use Goodreads. Your post has encouraged me to become more involved on the site. I enjoy interacting with authors and getting to know more about them. It has given me a GREATER appreciation of ALL the hard work that goes into writing and publishing a book. Thank you for this wonderful post!

Happy Friday Eve!

Sarah Claucherty said...

Oh and whoever brought chocolate chip pancakes, you get five stars! Perfect breakfast :)

Barbara Scott said...

Cindy, WOW! Such fantastic information!

As an acquisitions editor for Christian publishing, I was always so frustrated that every book didn't get a hefty marketing budget. Execs would ask me which book would become a bestseller so they could put most of their money behind it. Whaaat? That's like asking a mother to pick which child she loves most. Not gonna happen.

Special thanks to you for the helpful info about GoodReads. Now I'll know how to use the site. I had no clue before.

Pam Hillman said...

Oh, this is good stuff, Cindy! Bookmarking and will read this one again. Goodreads is an amazing resource that I've not explored nearly as much as I should have.

There's that little factor of time... or lack thereof!

Wilani Wahl said...

I use goodreads to post reviews for the books I read. if a book I read is not listed, I find it hard to figure out what to do. I fear a major learning curve is in the works when I have a published book. Most of the authors of my street teams expect goodreads be used. I haven't joined any groups yet so that may be a next step for me.

Cindy K. Green said...

Wilani Wahl --Good question! What do you do when you don't see the book you want to review Or Authors what if your book is not listed?

It's real easy! You can add it manually. After you search and it says it's not there, over on the right you will see a button that says 'Add Manually". Click that and put in the information. And then it will be added to GoodReads. You can also contact a librarian in the GoodReads Librarian group that I mentioned in the post and they will add it.

Cindy Regnier said...
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Cindy Regnier said...

I use Goodreads to keep track of the books I plan to read. So much on my Kindle I haven't gotten to yet. All I have to do is run the thingy on Goodreads that connects to amazon and all the stuff I purchased shows up on my want to read list. Easy peasy. I also like Goodreads for connecting to author pages. I sign up to be a follower, fan, or whatever it's called and then I get emails whenever the author updates something. If I ever get published despite my lack of platform (big loud sigh of frustration), I will go to Goodreads first. IMHO it reaches the "right people" easier, quicker and more efficiently than FB or Twitter. Thanks, Cindy - appreciate this helpful post.

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Cindy R, thanks for your comment. Thats great that Amazon connects your Kindle purchases to GoodReads. I did not know that. I'll have to try doing it. :)

Julie Lessman said...

CINDY!!! Welcome to Seekerville, girl -- I've been waiting for you all of my life (my author life, that is!)!!!

As a multi-published author, I can barely navigate Facebook, much less Twitter, Pinterest, and yep, Goodreads is right at the bottom. I mean, seriously, can anybody tell me why I would want to "favorite" a tweet? And what does that do over and above retweeting it and do you have to do both??

SHEESH!! But, you, oh great one, have opened my eyes to Goodreads, and for that, I will be forever grateful. This post is not only getting printed by me, but put in my "MUST DO" file on my desk, so BLESS YOU for taking pity on us who are socially-media inept. God will definitely bless you, and it sounds like He already has!!


Cindy K. Green said...

Hi Julie! I'm so happy I could help. (Total fan girl here, LOVE your books!)

Twitter is a whole different animal. When I see people tweeting me, I will favorite and retweet. That is partly to say THANKS! and the retweet is to share it with your own followers and the news gets out again.

Keli Gwyn said...

I've been on Goodreads since 2008 and enjoy interacting with readers there, especially in the LIH Readers Group. I'm currently running a Goodreads giveaway for my first LIH, Family of Her Dreams. I'm offering ten copies! I tend to get a lot more entries on a Goodreads giveaway than I do any other.

LeAnne Bristow said...

Hello Cindy! I've been a member of Goodreads for a while, but I'm sad to say that I haven't really utilized it yet. I guess this is one more thing I need to get familiar with! Thanks for the info.

Janet Dean said...

Keli, I've experienced the same. Hundreds of readers will sign up to win copies of my books. The LIH readers are very supportive.

I've had a few winners that were upset when my story turned out to be Christian. Perhaps they thought inspirational meant something else.


Janet Dean said...

Cindy, your series addresses terrific issues kids face today. Love that you're doing novellas from the guy's POVs! Luke's title is a fabulous hook.


Meghan Carver said...

Welcome, Cindy! I'm on Goodreads, and I love the name of that site, but I haven't done much more than list the books I've read. Thank you for the information! I'm printing this out to work through your list point by point.

Mary Connealy said...

I have utterly failed to fully use Goodreads. I know that makes me BAD

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Leanne! Yes, thats where I've been in the past with GoodReads. But I've seen how useful it can be.

Thanks Janet. I had the hardest time coming up with the title for Luke's book but I thought this one really hit it all on the head.

Hey Meghan, I hope those tips will help.

Laney4 said...

Never got into Goodreads. Have finally started reviewing on Amazon, but I need to kick it up a notch and get on Goodreads too. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

Sandy Smith said...

Thanks for this post on Goodreads. I really didn't understand much of what it was. I am not published yet so don't have need for creating author pages, but it is good to know what is out there. Please enter me for the Amazon card.

Deanne said...

Goodreads, what can I say ? I absolutely LOVE IT ! I visit on a daily basis. I follow authors and get daily updates from all my friends on there. The updates include what books they have added to their to read list in the past 2 hours, what they are reading,what groups they have joined on there. It's a great way to get book recommendations. I also love that I can put in a book or author and find very similar ones to that one. I have found many excellent books that way. What can I say , Goodreads is my go to place. I can't say enough positive things about them !

Cindy K. Green said...

Excellent Deanne! I love how much you are using Goodreads and reaping the benefits of that community. It's a great place for readers!

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Great post Cindy! Very informative!

Big SHOUT OUT to my Seekerville friends, haven't seen you in a while!

Good luck & God's Blessings to ALL!!!

Heidi Robbins said...

Goodreads is amazing!!! I started using it to keep track of the books I wanted to read and quickly got addicted to the other features. I signed up to be a Goodreads librarian so I can help fix any inaccuracies I come across. I find that I mostly combine editions of books, but I recently discovered two authors with the same name and half of each of their books were listed under the other author. Call me crazy but it was actually fun figuring out how to get it fixed! Now that I have a review blog I always make sure to post my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. I love that I can see the reviews from my friends at the top of the list so it's easy to see how our reviews compare or to see if a book I'm thinking about adding is one they recommend.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Pam! Thanks!!

Heidi, thank you so much for posting about what you do as a librarian. I think that is very important for authors to know. I've had great responses from the other librarians. I'll have to look for you over on GoodReads. :)

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Mary Connealy one of my favorite authors! Thanks for stopping in today. :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

I will admit it... goodreads terrifies me. But now that I know Heidi is a VIP I might give it another shot

Tina Radcliffe said...

Careful, don't want Connealy's dead to swell.... again!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Um. Head not dead. Horrible visual. lol

Sherri Shackelford said...

I'm still scared of Goodreads as an author! After my first book was published, I was still reviewing books. Then I got hate mail and tagged as a 'fake' because I was an author - therefore all my reviews must be fake reviews for friends. I was such a newbie author I still considered myself just a reader! Plus, I don't have that many friends :)

The reviews from giveaways are risky for me- generally because people aren't used to reading Christian fiction and don't understand the restrictions. Not all of them are negative, mind you, but there's confusion no matter how carefully I tag the book.

And NEVER attempt to promote a book. I've never made that mistake, but I've seen the backlash.

I'll answer questions and occasionally visit a group - but most of my experiences have indicated that Goodreads members want to interact with other readers - not necessarily authors.

Is this a trend? Are readers wanting more author interaction on Goodreads?

Cindy K. Green said...

LOL Tina!

Cindy K. Green said...

I think readers do want interactions with authors but they don't want you promoting yourself. Let them know who you are, and let them come to you. Be there as a reader too--list your current reads and post short reviews. As readers interact with you and get to know you, they will want to know what you're reading and eventually look at what you've written too.

Debby Giusti said...

Cindy, great info! Thank you. I've been standing outside the window and looking into GoodReads, but have never gotten the nerve to open the door and step inside.

Your info is just what I needed today!

Thanks so much!

DebH said...

Seekerville is about as social media as I get. Have heard tons about GoodReads but never visited. I think I'm afraid I'd lose myself there and never get back to real life.

Good post info here though. May have to dip my toes into the water. I'm a social media hermit.

Missy Tippens said...

Cindy, welcome!! I love to read more about what I can do on Goodreads. I already have an author page, usually add books I've read (although I've tapered off some), and do giveaways with my new releases. I'm really going to consider setting up a group. Thanks for the advice!!

Cindy K. Green said...

Hey Debby G & DebH! Hope you will give GoodReads a try and see if you like it. I can be a social media hermit too. I have my highs and lows. Sometimes you just need a break from it.

Hello Missy! Thanks for the welcome. I've heard authors will start their own groups and then you can send direct messages to your members and interact with them. It's a great way to gain fans.

Cindy K. Green said...

I've had so much fun with all you Seekers here on Seekerville today. I'm going out for a bit with some homeschool moms for dinner, but I will be checking in periodically so keep the questions and comments coming. Thanks!

Becky Dempsey said...

I haven't used Goodreads much. I don't have any books to list yet, but I have posted some reviews.

Please throw my name in for the drawing.

Valri said...

I love Goodreads! It has been almost life changing for me, as a reader! I have been introduced to so many new authors, but more importantly, connect with other readers like myself who LIKE the same authors! I've made so many wonderful friends! It's been fantastic! I don't know how it is for authors but for me, as a reader, it is wonderful!

Rhonda Starnes said...

Hi Cindy! Thanks for an excellent post about GoodReads. I'm as yet unpublished, but I've set up a Facebook page and Twitter account for my writing connections.

I've tried and failed at mastering GoodReads. I'm sure I'll have another go at it when I do publish. In the meantime, I'll bookmark your post for future reference.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Hurrah for all you readers who post reviews on GOODREADS!! Hugs to you!

Mary Curry said...

Thanks for a great post, Cindy.

I have a GoodReads reader account but since I'm publishing under a pen name, I guess it's time to reinvent myself on GoodReads.

This article is really really helpful.

Tanya Agler said...

Thanks for the post. I'm an unpublished writer so I don't have a Goodreads author page. I am in the process of becoming more active on Goodreads. Thanks for the information.

Olivia said...

Thank you, Cindy, to opening a different social media outlet for us. Shame on me, I have never been on Goodreads, but will explore it as a reader at first. Please put my name in the drawing for your generous gift.

Cindy K. Green said...

Sorry for the late response. I've had poor internet connection all night. Great comments tonight. There have been many I wanted to push the Like button on if we had one here. Hope you've all been encouraged to try other venue for connecting with readers. I've had such a good time today with you here. Thanks for having me.

Edwina said...

I don't have an author page on Goodreads yet, but I've posted numerous book reviews there. I need to explore the opportunities there!

Please enter me in the drawing!

The Artist Librarian said...

Haha, I joined goodreads in 2010, with the intent of logging all the books I've kept track of since high school. I still haven't finished. In 2013, I started doing the goodreads yearly reading challenge and a goodreads group Outread Aubrey that helped me to start recording as I read. However, I usually do my updating every quarter or so. I started blogging last year, which also helps me populate my goodreads account, since reviews are usually posted on my goodreads account after reading.

If it's not too late, I'd love to hear back from authors doing giveaways. I know goodreads encourages you to review if you win, but the couple books I have won from goodreads often end up at the bottom of my review pile since there isn't an official "review by" date. Do authors expect goodreads giveaway winners to review?

Thanks for the chance to win!
I love =)

Cindy K. Green said...

Yes, I can definitely say authors desire their GoodReads winners to review!

Julie Lessman said...

Aw, CINDY, thank you SO much ... that blesses me, my friend! It's still always a shock to me when I meet someone who actually READS my books, but when that's a respected peer, it's always a little mind-blowing, you know?

Thanks again for the kind comment AND for explaining Twitter to me. With that and your invaluable GoodReads advice, I am now a far less dangerous person ... ;)


Maria said...

Thanks for this article. I have been warned countless of times by other authors and those who help authors to create a Goodreads page and then try to stay away! Indeed, not only is the site not user-friendly (and I do fine with most everything) but there appear to be a great number of so-called "trolls" on Goodreads. It is also quite easy to leave "rankings" with no review. I once was in a group and just made the statement that I'm an author and I do both read and write the sweet books, and someone on the group warned me. For mentioning I'm an author? Of course I didn't post buy links or anything! But maybe I should given them another chance.

Deanna Stevens said...

I do review & list books I want to read on Goodreads. I like to be friends with authors there & I am on a few street teams. I like that I can list the books I have & check them off with read & reviewed :) please toss me into the drawings :))

Sparks of Ember said...

Goodreads has become my go-to site for reviews, next to Amazon. And their author page is much more friendly than the Amazon one. I especially love how every edition of a book can be seen with all the different covers and so on.

Crystal L Barnes said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm new to Goodreads and will definitely keep these in mind.