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Are you confused by Goodreads? Have other authors told you that this is the website you absolutely must be using, but you’re hesitant to add one more thing to your to-do list? Or, have you been on Goodreads for a while and you’re just not sure whether you’re using it correctly? This how-to book will: • Show you how to get started the right way. • Explain what an author dashboa Are you confused by Goodreads? Have other authors told you that this is the website you absolutely must be using, but you’re hesitant to add one more thing to your to-do list? Or, have you been on Goodreads for a while and you’re just not sure whether you’re using it correctly? This how-to book will: • Show you how to get started the right way. • Explain what an author dashboard is and how to set it up. • Describe how nonfiction and fiction authors can benefit from this platform. • Explain all of Goodread’s tabs. • Explain features you might not have heard of before. • Learn how to set up your book giveaways • Help you determine how to add friends strategically. • Explain why it’s important to be an active reader, and not a marketer. • Share strategies for marketing your books. So whether you’re an author who's just starting your journey with Goodreads, or you’ve been using it for some time, this is the book that explains everything about this readers’ haven of millions of users.


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Are you confused by Goodreads? Have other authors told you that this is the website you absolutely must be using, but you’re hesitant to add one more thing to your to-do list? Or, have you been on Goodreads for a while and you’re just not sure whether you’re using it correctly? This how-to book will: • Show you how to get started the right way. • Explain what an author dashboa Are you confused by Goodreads? Have other authors told you that this is the website you absolutely must be using, but you’re hesitant to add one more thing to your to-do list? Or, have you been on Goodreads for a while and you’re just not sure whether you’re using it correctly? This how-to book will: • Show you how to get started the right way. • Explain what an author dashboard is and how to set it up. • Describe how nonfiction and fiction authors can benefit from this platform. • Explain all of Goodread’s tabs. • Explain features you might not have heard of before. • Learn how to set up your book giveaways • Help you determine how to add friends strategically. • Explain why it’s important to be an active reader, and not a marketer. • Share strategies for marketing your books. So whether you’re an author who's just starting your journey with Goodreads, or you’ve been using it for some time, this is the book that explains everything about this readers’ haven of millions of users.

30 review for The Author's Guide to Goodreads: How to Engage with Readers and Market Your Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber Schamel

    This book is a short read, but it contains some very helpful information for those who are new to Goodreads and the features it offers to authors. It's great for those that aren't real tech-savvy because it includes screen shots to help you navigate and learn how to operate the site. It also has some good advice on how to incorporate Goodreads into your marketing strategy without becoming one of those annoying salesy authors. This book is a short read, but it contains some very helpful information for those who are new to Goodreads and the features it offers to authors. It's great for those that aren't real tech-savvy because it includes screen shots to help you navigate and learn how to operate the site. It also has some good advice on how to incorporate Goodreads into your marketing strategy without becoming one of those annoying salesy authors.

  2. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    I found a lot of helpful information in this concise guide. Even though I’ve been on GR since 2013, I found I wasn’t fully using the features. One problem with the information though, is that the navigation wasn’t quite the same as in the book. I found no Explore button on GR. Otherwise, this guide gives you the basics, and I found it useful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    This is a nice short guide to the inner gears of Goodreads. Especially for authors looking to get the most out of this social media mammoth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joy E Hancock

    Easy read for basics and ideas Simple, easy basics and ideas on how to participate in Goodreads, including finding good recommendations from friends, groups and others. Quick way to get started and how to continue to get the most out of Goodreads.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Coleman

    Glad I didn't pay for this Got this through my kindle unlimited account. This book tells you how to set up a goodreads account and show that you love reading. The former seems a waste of time (how hard is it to set up n account? If you can download a kindle book, you have the skills to set up a goodreads account!) the latter seems like a moot point. If you don't love reading, why be on goodreads? Why be a writer for that matter? There is no useful marketing advice. I read it start to finish in less Glad I didn't pay for this Got this through my kindle unlimited account. This book tells you how to set up a goodreads account and show that you love reading. The former seems a waste of time (how hard is it to set up n account? If you can download a kindle book, you have the skills to set up a goodreads account!) the latter seems like a moot point. If you don't love reading, why be on goodreads? Why be a writer for that matter? There is no useful marketing advice. I read it start to finish in less than 15 mins, so at least I didn't waste my time on it. It tells you not to be a pushy marketer. Duh. Who wants to be a pushy marketer? I'm reading all the books I can find, to see if anyone's figured out this platform re marketing. So far, there's not much useful advice. I'll keep looking. I'm on goodreads cause I love reading, but with millions of readers on goodreads it seems like an untapped opportunity if only authors knew what to do with it! (In a non-pushy way, of course!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carlton Brown

    This easy to read and pragmatic guide helps us focus on 'best-practice' activities for working with Goodreads and its readers, so as to reach out and engage and share with people, and help us promote our books. This is an invaluable reference guide sensibly directing us to make Goodreads an integral part of our broader marcoms strategy. You will be surprised by the marcoms, promotional, and social media connectivity and tools Goodreads provides authors. I was able to take this key action info an This easy to read and pragmatic guide helps us focus on 'best-practice' activities for working with Goodreads and its readers, so as to reach out and engage and share with people, and help us promote our books. This is an invaluable reference guide sensibly directing us to make Goodreads an integral part of our broader marcoms strategy. You will be surprised by the marcoms, promotional, and social media connectivity and tools Goodreads provides authors. I was able to take this key action info and use it to guide my marcoms plan (in excel); a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly plan of the things i need to do to connect with readers, i.e., participate (+++), give aways, self-serve advertising, and how to use blogs, quotes, and book updates. If time is short for social media then Goodreads should be at the top of our list before facebook and twitter. Why? Because Goodreads members read, talk about, and review books. Well worth a read or two.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Ann

    Goodreads has always been a go to for me, as I love to read and share my opinions with others. After I retired and became a children's book author, I used the site to learn about and share with my fellow authors. Sometimes it is difficult to navigate the hidden features of a social networking site. Often I would give up if I could not find how to set up or navigate. Caballo makes it easy to understand goodreads by presenting screen shots and then listing procedures step by step. Goodreads can be Goodreads has always been a go to for me, as I love to read and share my opinions with others. After I retired and became a children's book author, I used the site to learn about and share with my fellow authors. Sometimes it is difficult to navigate the hidden features of a social networking site. Often I would give up if I could not find how to set up or navigate. Caballo makes it easy to understand goodreads by presenting screen shots and then listing procedures step by step. Goodreads can be used for many purposes: not every user will want to utilize them all, but this guide should be on your shelf when you want to add to your repertoire of skills. Highly recommended to avid readers, authors, and lovers of good books!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steven Northover

    This book was precisely what I needed. I joined Goodreads a year ago. I seldom visited. This year I wrote my first nonfiction book. Suddenly understanding Goodreads became important. I looked for a starter book. I found this one. It met my need. The author needs to write a sequel. Before reading this book I was crawling. After reading it, I can walk. Now I am ready to run!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    Useful for the first-time Goodreads users, with a lot of information about how to better use the account to connect with like-minded readers. Although, for authors, the information doesn't go beyond the basics and therefore, it does not help significantly to fast forward the marketing plans. Useful for the first-time Goodreads users, with a lot of information about how to better use the account to connect with like-minded readers. Although, for authors, the information doesn't go beyond the basics and therefore, it does not help significantly to fast forward the marketing plans.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Burkey

    Very helpful and informative

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    Eric

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martha T. Reed

  13. 4 out of 5

    D.C. Gomez

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan Wilson

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    Claire Gem

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Crowens

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  18. 5 out of 5

    Frances Caballo

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hunter McEgan

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