Why authors should join Goodreads

Book promotion for self-published authors can be expensive, time-consuming and frustrating, so it makes sense to use a wonderful site like Goodreads that does a lot of the hard work for you.

 

What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. We have more than 14,000,000 members who have added more than 460,000,000 books to their shelves. A home for casual readers and bona-fide bookworms alike, Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they've read and would like to read, find their next favourite book, form book clubs and much more. Goodreads was launched in January 2007.

 

How it works

Most book recommendation websites work by listing random people’s reviews. On Goodreads, when a person adds a book to the site, all their friends can see what they thought of it. It’s commonsense - people are more likely to get excited about a book their friend recommends than a suggestion from a stranger. We even created an amazing algorithm that looks at your books and ratings, and helps you find other books based on what fellow Goodreads members with similar tastes enjoyed. Ultimately, it’s all based on our foundation of true-blue readers. Our members also create trivia about books, lists of the best books, post their own writing and form groups and book clubs.

 

Benefits for Authors

  1. IT’S FREE
    All you have to do is sign up http://www.goodreads.com/ and then join the author program.
     
  2. PROMOTE YOUR BOOK
    Join the author program http://www.goodreads.com/help/show/180-how-do-i-join-the-author-program to promote your book. It’s designed to help you reach your target audience with a range of marketing tools. 
     
  3. SELL YOUR BOOK
    You can create links back to the sites where your book is listed for sale. Don’t forget to include a direct link to your page on the Palmer Higgs Book Store.
     
  4. ORGANISE AND KEEP TRACK OF BOOKS YOU’VE READ
    You’ll receive three default bookshelves for read, currently reading and to read books. You can also customize your bookshelves by sort books into categories and featuring your favourites.
     
  5. RECOMMENDATIONS
    Hear about great books your friends have read or recommend a good book yourself.
     
  6. REVIEWS
    Reviews help new readers discover your book because the more reviews you have, the more visible your book will be as they used on sites like Google Books, Sony Ebook Store, Alibris, USA Today, Kobo, Better World Books, Powell’s Books and more.
     
  7. LINK TO YOUR BLOG
    You can either host a blog directly on the Goodreads site or link it to your existing blog so that your posts show up there.
  1. CREATE AND PUBLICISE EVENTS
    Use this feature when you’re having a book launch, signing, speaking engagement etc.
     
  2. HAVE A GIVEAWAY
    A giveaway is a great way to get publicity and reviews for your book.
     
  3. DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR WEBSITE OR BLOG
    You can create links to your website or blog under your author profile.
     
  4. JOIN OR CREATE A GROUP
    There are hundreds of groups with different interests where you can add books to the groups shelves, invite other members and join discussions.

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