GoodReads has quickly become one of my favorite websites. Every writer should know they have to get their book onto the GoodReads site as soon as it’s published. I cruised over there after “Joshua’s Tree” came out last June and put in my ASIN as they requested (that’s the Amazon code for your book) and was disappointed when my novel didn’t immediately pop up on the site like it was supposed to. I fumbled around for a day or so and then found the GoodReads Librarians. If you are having any trouble creating your author profile or getting your book up, they are super helpful and quick to respond. When I requested they put my book on the site, my expectations for their service was low. But to my surprise and satisfaction, they resolved my issue quickly, and I was off to the races.
Shortly after my book was put on GoodReads, a reader placed it on the GoodReads 2013 Summer Reads list. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/35263.2013_Summer_Reads#181 36339
It quickly shot to the top of the list (above over 800 other novels) and has remained there since. Being on the list has gotten me lots of free publicity, something we newly published writers are constantly on the search for.
Another thing I love about GoodReads is I can see when anyone adds my book to their “to-read” list, which happens almost every day and sometimes many times per day. Each time someone adds me, it validates my marketing efforts. I’ve had people add “Joshua’s Tree” to their “to-read” list all over the world, from Singapore to Seattle. Very motivating. And, of course, it is also gratifying to see the reviews of “Joshua’s Tree” pilling up on the GoodReads website.
Many of us know that Amazon purchase GoodReads last spring, and I remember reading some concerns about GoodReads loosing its independence on different blogs I follow. So far, I really haven’t notice any change in the GoodReads platform, though I wasn’t overly familiar with the site before it was purchased. Below is a link to an interesting article from the Washington Post about why Amazon bought GoodReads. It also address a question that should always be on the published author’s mind, how are consumers deciding to buy a book?
What’s your thoughts on GoodRead–the good, bad and ugly? If your a writer, what do you think is the most powerful platform for promoting your work?