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You’ve probably heard that your reading habits can help your writing technique, but did you know that reading can also help your writing career?
Thousands of writers are interacting with their readers and establishing themselves in the writing community on Goodreads, a website that functions as an online book club, bookstore, and your own personal bookshelf.
If you are looking for an easy, fun, and free way to promote your writing and connect with people who have similar taste in books (i.e., fans, readers, editors, agents), Goodreads is for you!
1. Goodreads is Facebook for books!
Goodreads allows you to organize your own virtual bookshelves. Connect with other writers and readers who have similar tastes! You can share recommendations, follow others’ reviews, and create personal relationships with people in the industry. Network with other writers and meet potential readers of your work.
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, this site is EXCLUSIVELY for those in the writing/reading community. Establish yourself as part of that community by becoming a member.
2. Show off your writing (and great literary taste) by writing book reviews.
Write fantastic, memorable reviews that show off your personality as well as your writing. Build your review portfolio and get a Goodreads following. Establish yourself as a well-read connoisseur of your genre and others.
3. Drive traffic to your author website.
In your Goodreads profile, you can link out to your author website or blog. Once you’ve established yourself as a Goodreads regular, other Goodreads members will be interested to learn more about you. That’s when you pounce! Only write snippets or teasers of your reviews and then link to your own blog for its entirety (this is a common Goodreads technique). Refer to a discussion, article, or post on your own site and provide a link in your review.
Don’t have an author website? Now’s the time. We can help.
4. Become a Goodreads Author.
Goodreads WANTS you to use their site for promotion—how cool is that? They have a specific program designed to help authors reach their target audience. If you are an author with either a traditionally published or self-published book, you can register on Goodreads with a special “Author” account.
Authors on Goodreads can make their profiles an engaging and attractive destination for readers. Add a picture and a bio. Publicize upcoming events. Post videos. Share your favorite books and quotes, recent reads, book excerpts, and other writing with your fans.
5. Promote the Goodreads way.
You can promote your book with Goodreads goodies like book giveaways, Q&As, and discussion forums. You can even create quizzes about your book! Add a Goodreads Author widget to your own website to show off the reviews of your book.
Goodreads boasts 6,800,000 readers. That’s almost 7 million potential readers and promoters.
Convinced? Join Goodreads today! Use this link to sign up and instantly become our friend!
Find info about the Goodreads Author Program.
QUESTION: What are you reading right now?