A great place to learn more about what’s going on at Goodreads is the site’s blog at http://www.goodreads.com/blog where Goodreads staff discuss everything from the recent readers’ choice awards to site updates.
Recently on the blog, yet another article was posted about that popular question all of us authors ask about Goodreads: How can we get readers to notice our book? You’re an author, you’re on Goodreads – now what?
In the post, Otis Chandler, the CEO and founder of Goodreads, noted that self-published books are adding to the growth in the number of books being published (and noticed on Goodreads). There’s a lot of competition to get your book before readers. He cited Bowker, who said of the 350,000 books published in 2011, about 150,000-200,000 were self-published.
Here’s how one debut novel, Slammed, by Colleen Hoover, became successful with the help of Goodreads. Hoover’s book was released. And during the first few months not much happened. But then the author ran a pair of Goodreads giveaways. (Of course, giveaways are only for paperback books, so if you don’t have a print version of your book, you’re out of luck here.)
For Hoover, “a few prominent bloggers in her genre wrote about the book, spreading the word to their many followers on Goodreads through their reviews.” A few of the bloggers raved about the book, and their influence and enthusiasm about the book, began a wave of attention.
Because of the blogger’s raves and attention, even more readers picked it up, and the ratings and reviews on Goodreads really began coming in. And then – then the book was picked up by the Goodreads Recommendation engine. Chandler notes that “on average, a book needs to have several hundred ratings before it starts to be included by our algorithm. From that point forward, it became the dominant way that Goodreads members discovered the book.”
When, a few months later, the book hit the New York Times ebooks bestseller list, a publisher picked it up. The book was added to some Goodreads lists, including one for the best books of the year – attracting even more attention from readers. Ratings were high, and the book was nominated in the site’s choice awards, again continuing sales and getting the book noticed by more readers.
That’s one success story.
Another way I find out about books through Goodreads is through book clubs. Our We Read Indies book club on Goodreads is reading Dale Amidei’s The Anvil of the Craftsman, and we’ll be discussing it through January. Here’s the link to our Goodreads group where our discussion will be located once readers finish the book: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/62304.
How about you? How do you find books through Goodreads?
The Best of Goodreads Wishes — Tamara Ward
Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.