Many of you have probably already been on Goodreads forever, so I’m counting on you to chime in with your experience in the comments. For those of you who are new to Goodreads or haven’t ventured over there yet… I promise I’m not trying to send you screaming into the street with social media overload. But I really do think Pinterest and Goodreads may be cost-effective ways to use of your time if you want to connect with READERS, not just other writers, as I mentioned yesterday.
So once again, I’ve compiled a list of important things writers should know.
It’s where you’ll find readers and people who like to discuss books. Even if you’re not very interested in the “social” aspect, Goodreads is a fabulous way to keep track of your reading—what you’ve read, whether you liked it, and what you want to read in the future. I’ve been keeping a book journal for over 10 years (in an old fashioned paper journal), writing down every single book I read, which is a practice I recommend to everyone. Goodreads makes this so much more fun because I can easily give each book a star-rating, write a review of it if I want, and automatically have a record of when I read it. (Find me here.)
Goodreads has over seven million subscribers—that’s a lot of people, especially when you take into account the fact that they wouldn’t be on the site if they didn’t love to read. This is your audience!
Goodreads encourages you to set a reading goal for the year, and when you enter the 2012 Reading Challenge, it will keep track of your progress. (Today it informs me that I’m 10% toward my goal, and I’m 3 books behind for the year.) Click the button to the right to enter your goal for 2012!
The folks at Goodreads have done a terrific job of providing ways for you to reach readers. They encourage a friendly conversational approach that doesn’t ever feel like “marketing” but is truly based on relationships between people with shared interests. If you have published books, then one of the first things you’ll want to do when you get on the site is create an Author Profile, where you’ll list your books and begin to learn all the different ways to get the most from Goodreads. Please see my companion post, How Authors Can Effectively Use Goodreads, for idea on tapping their author resources.
Goodreads is one more place to read (or ignore) reader reviews. When people log the books they’ve read, they have the opportunity to assign 1-to-5 stars and write their thoughts. Of course, this has its pros and cons. As an author, it can be equal parts exhilarating and devastating. However as a reader, you may find the reviews helpful in choosing books to read.
Goodreads is open to self-published books, and is one of the best ways self-pub authors can promote their books. The site’s reviews and discussions can be tremendously helpful when deciding which self-published books you might be interested in reading.
You should choose the social networks that work for you. I encourage you to at least get to know Goodreads and make your decision based on knowledge rather than “If-I-have-to-join-one-more-social-network-I-will-implode.”
I love this feature! On the Goodreads site, click Explore, then Quotes. You can see other people’s favorite book quotes or enter your own. You can search for quotes through a list of tags. Below is an infographic from GalleyCat on Goodreads’ most quoted books of 2011. Enjoy!
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