Goodreads for promoting books … my experience


I’ve heard mixed opinions about Goodreads – and as some of you are writers and many of you are readers – I thought you might like to hear Susan’s take. What do you think?

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

My books have been listed on Goodreads since they were each published. Those books have been favourably rated and reviewed on the site by many members, both known and unknown to me. I have also been a member of the site and list books that I’m reading, have rated them all when I finish reading, and I’ve even written a few reviews. I’ve found several new-to-me authors listed on the site who I have then contacted and subsequently promoted on my Reading Recommendations blog. And I enter the Goodreads Giveaways all the time and have won a number of very good books over this past year or so.

My best experience with the site, though, has been in offering my own Goodreads Giveaways. My first contest was held in Sept., 2013, and since then I have run three more. A total number of 2998 Goodreads members in 26 countries…

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9 responses »

    • You’re very welcome! Thought this was an excellent and timely article on one of the main sites both authors and readers use – so it will be interesting to see what people make of Goodreads.

  1. Very interesting post. I’ve always been a little wary of Goodreads after hearing about all the bully and troll horror stories from other authors. I do use, but not nearly enough, but reading this does make me think again. 🙂

  2. Right now I only use Goodreads as a reader, and it’s only the past couple months that I’ve been active on it. (I created my account a few years ago but neglected it for a while.) So far, most everyone I’m friends with on there doesn’t use it for trolling. They write fair reviews and share their enthusiasm for stories they enjoy with other users. That’s been my purpose for using it as well. I echo Susan’s sentiments in that it’s a great way to discover books and authors that might have otherwise slipped under your radar.

  3. Yes… I have a neglected Goodreads account gathering dust in the corner of a cyber-cupboard somewhere – the other main complaint I’ve heard is that it is a major timeswallower. But if it is also a way to connect with other enthusiastic readers, then I guess I should consider sharing at least some of the reviews I post on my blog there… If that would work?

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