Self-Publishing Guide: Goodreads for Authors

by Rachel Sawden
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Goodreads is the world’s largest site for connecting readers and book recommendations helping people find books they love. You will want to set up a Goodreads accounts as this is where real readers live.

The first step is to apply for an author profile.

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Goodreads Author Profile

Create an account, and search for your book through their database using its ISBN, ASIN, or title. Once you’ve found your book, click on your name and scroll to the bottom. You’ll be asked to click “Is this you? Let us know”. Hit that and you’ve completed your application.

Within two days you’ll receive an email with approval.

You’ll set up a profile similar to what you did with your Amazon Author Central Page. Once set up you can interact with readers by talking about books you love and are reading, linking your blog, and completing Ask the Author interview questions, and writing reviews.

This will be another place you’ll ask your reviewers to leave reviews. Goodreads users are readers at heart so people you didn’t know knew you existed will find your book and review it. As avid readers, I’ve found that Goodreads reviewers can be harder to impress than Amazon reviewers. But any feedback is great to improve future books!

Goodreads Giveaways

Goodreads has a great program where you can run a giveaway. This is a very powerful method to promote your book and get reviews either before or after publication.

With packages starting at $119 for access to their extensive reader database you can offer giveaways of Kindle formats or print formats. With Kindle format giveaways you can get your story in readers’ hands faster and avoid postage costs.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You set the number you’d like to giveaway (100 is the maximum for Kindle books).
  2. You set the length of time you want your giveaway to run (e.g. 30 days)
  3. Your title will be listed in Goodreads’ giveaway section that readers can access.
  4. Readers enter to win your book. The title automatically added to their “Want-to-Read list”.
  5. Goodreads will choose winners at random, alert them, and sends them the Kindle copies. If you are running a print promotion, you’ll be given shipping information
  6. Wait for your reviews to hit your page.

I discovered the importance of Goodreads and their giveaway program after publishing and if I could go back in time, I would have set up my profile and run a giveaway about a month before my launch date as part of my promotional period.

Next step in my Self Publishing Guide: Social Media for Authors.

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