I currently have more than 760 friends at the "world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations." I joined Goodreads a number of years ago in order to keep track of the books I was reading and to list an occasional review or two. My account lists 185 books, but I haven't been updating it lately with my latest reading accomplishments or opinions.
What I can't understand, and here I'm hoping that you can help me, is how to leverage Goodreads as a platform for a self-published author of fiction.
Limited success promoting my books
I have listed both of my books on Goodreads. Valley of Thracians has 22 ratings (4.27 average) and 14 text reviews, and 15 people have the novel on their "to be read" list. The Virtual Kibbutz has 6 ratings (4.00 average) with 5 text reviews. The short story collection is listed "to be read" by 11 people.
Okay, great. So where do I go from here?
Here is one thing I previously did on Goodreads. Shortly after I published Valley of Thracians, I joined a Goodreads group called "Read 4 Review". I listed my suspense novel and connected with readers interested in reading the book in exchange for an honest review. I gave away 7 digital copies and in return, two readers wrote reviews. Not exactly a huge success.
I receive occasional messages inviting me to events and giveaways, and with recommendations of books to read. I'm sorry, but I don't have a clue what a Goodreads event even is.
And so, readers of my blog, in the past I have given advice based on my experiences in writing, editing, and marketing a self-published book. Now I am turning to you for advice.
Please tell me, where are all these friend requests coming from? (How do people find me on Goodreads?). Here's another question I have: Goodreads was purchased in March by Amazon, so are you allowed to post the same book reviews on the two different websites?
As an author, have you had success promoting your book on Goodreads? If so, what did you do? Please explain to me what an event is, and how you organize a giveaway. What else can an author do? Any and all advice is warmly welcomed!
Please comment below with your Goodreads suggestions!