Are you familiar with Goodreads?
There’s Amazon, there’s Smashwords, there’s CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble and plenty of other resources for authors.
And then there’s Goodreads. Now, the above are all fantastic for not only marketing, but also for publishing your print books and/or ebooks. I use CreateSpace and Amazon for publishing, myself, until some famous traditional publishing house or another picks up my as-of-yet, non-existent contract.
But there’s just something special about GoodReads. I don’t know if it’s the community, which is made up of some of the most down to earth people I’ve ever ‘met’, or if it’s because there is so much you can do when your there, but it’s one of my favourite author resource sites to just sit and visit!
Goodreads is not a publishing platform, although there are places for authors to “publish” excerpts, samples, and updates, on their WIPs (Works in Progress) and even their published works, as far as that goes.
There are newbie and established authors who are traditionally published, indie/self pubbed authors and even some pretty famous authors who maintain accounts on Goodreads, too…like Stephen King. Pretty cool, huh? And almost all of them are open to communications from readers and writers alike.
One of the things I really appreciate about Goodreads is that anyone can leave a review, or comment on any book or posted comment, and all that’s required is an account.
A free account.
The only purchases that can be made on Goodreads are from links to booksellers (or services) that you find there…so you can participate fully – no purchase of anything is necessary!
Goodreads has two basic accounts:
As a reader/reviewer you can search for and review any book you’ve ever read. You needn’t have purchased it, in any wise, from the Goodreads website.
As a Goodreads Author you can connect or post links to your Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Wattpad or other purchasing pages and blog, create yet one more author profile, utilize the ‘My Writing’ option to get started on your Great American Novel (or book of poetry, anthology, or whatever genre you’re working on) and get feedback throughout the writing process…and…
…you can promote your book with their Goodreads Giveaway platform!
Like I did, right down there at the bottom of this page (hint hint😁)
Unlike Amazon’s Free Book promo, which is for ebooks only (unless you win or otherwise receive a gift card), Goodreads giveaways are, currently, strictly for the print version.
So if you enter one of the Goodreads giveaways, you can expect a lovely physical copy of the book in your hand…sometimes autographed… within a couple of weeks of winning!
With my latest Goodreads Giveaway, you have a chance to win 1 of 10 print copies of the first edition of my book, Folded Dreams – the Beginning. And this time it’s not only open to the US, UK and CA. I’ve included other countries as well.
Hop on over to Goodreads and check out the site. Create a free account, get to know everyone and start sharing what you know!
Oh, and I wouldn’t kick if you entered my Goodreads Giveaway and Follow me, either😁
And if you’re one of the lucky winners, or if you’ve already read it, please leave a review on Goodreads…it would be much appreciated!