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Goodreads is one of the more popular communities for avid readers. It is also a community that has embraced Author participation on their site. While you should certainly create an author page and make sure that your books are properly showing in Goodreads, authors should know that there are more ways to attract readers besides publicizing an event.

Here are five simple ways for authors to get more out of Goodreads.

1. Establish Friendships.

You’ll get a lot more out of this community if you are an active participant. But don’t just send out massive friend requests or only rate your own books, the key is to participate. Track what you read on Goodreads.  Participate in discussion about books authored by someone else. Post reviews of books you’ve read; not your own! I’ve found several authors on Goodreads because they’ve posted reviews of books they were interested in.

2. Engage Reviewers.

Getting reviews can be hard. Finding a reviewer knowledgeable in your genre can be extremely difficult. Authors can reduce the search by using Goodreads’ People section. With a little leg work you can find active book reviewers willing to read your work and post reviews on Goodreads and blogs. Again, show these reviewers that you know a good book by posting your own reviews. Here are just a few categories in Goodreads’ People section:

3. Contest giveaways.

If you are willing to give away a copy of your book in order to get a book review you must look at Goodreads First Reads section which promotes book “giveaways” and requests that readers then post a review on Goodreads.  In addition Goodreads also provides an instant blogging code of published reviews so that readers can promote your book not just on Goodreads but on their personal blogs and websites.

4. Hook them with a quote. 

Sometimes all you need to capture reader attention is to show them one really good line from your book. Goodreads has an entire section devoted to book quotes. Make sure that you or some of your readers publish their favorite lines from your book on Goodreads. It’s a little teaser that could go a long way toward book sales. Also don’t forget to Tweet your quote and link to it on Goodreads; which has links to booksellers but it a softer sell then chancing a reader gets offended when sent directly to Amazon.

Currently I have 193 book quotes saved on Goodreads including these from:

5. A picture tells a thousand words.

While Goodreads is about books, it is also a very visual site. Just browse their Genre section to see how your book cover compares to similar books. By uploading a quality book cover image you too can attract new readers.  Here are some of the books that I read because their covers hooked me:


Vixen (Flappers, #1)

Vixen by Jillian LarkinMy rating: 2 of 5 stars
India Black (Madam of Espionage, #1)India Black by Carol K. Carr

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Gargoyle in the Seine
The Gargoyle in the Seine by Dee GarretsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars
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