Hi everyone --
I'll admit that I haven't learned everything there is to know about how to use Goodreads. I'm rarely on there, and I just posted my first semi-review. (I say semi because it was just a quick blurb about a book I didn't finish.) I know the basics.
I hear about Goodreads all the time as one of the top social networks to be on. But as someone writing my first novel, I felt uncomfortable leaving a tepid review. So my questions are, what do you all think, as authors, about writing reviews on other authors? Are there other/better ways to use Goodreads than writing reviews and connecting with readers that way--can you be active on Goodreads without writing reviews?
Got back from a vacation and saw this post. I just use goodreads to keep tab of what I've read. I've had reviews posted about my work and that's fine. Amazon and B&N do the same thing. I've not really done much networking. Just found writers.
A group discussion came about concerning e-books and quality. Bothered me because the poster basically assumed all e-books had problems with spelling, etc., and not thinking that printed books do too.
Pooh on that poster!
Thanks for your response.
I think the groups on goodreads are good for networking, especially if you plan on participating regularly in group reads etc.
If you feel funny about reviews I recommend leaving a star rating without text. You can also edit the book to go on your "read" bookshelf without selecting stars or creating text, but that might make it harder to connect with like-minded readers.
I would be happy to connect with you on GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5782208.Tina_L_Hook
Thanks, Tina - I'll go look you up!
Have you tried doing a giveaway? It's great for drumming up new readership and networking with other authors. I had over 800 new readers enter the giveaway for my new memoir Searching for Sassy: An L.A. Phone Psychic's Tales of Life, Lust & Love for just 5 available copies, and followed up with each individually, offering the "losers" other opportunities to interface with me, earn launch day giveaways and freebies, etc. I've met several other writers this way, too, and we have stayed in touch/vowed to help one another in any way we can going forward.
Thanks, Alyson! I haven't published my book yet, but will save your advice for that time...in the hopefully very near future.
Excellent, and good luck!
Thanks, Alyson -- I'm now stalking you and just saw that today is launch day for your book. Congratulations!
Thank you so much. :) I'm about ready to collapse from cupcakes and champagne, the poor man's speedball.
I've found this post http://blurbisaverb.blogspot.com/2012/04/tagging-and-quoting-on-goo... to be useful. Don't know how effective it is but I try to maintain a presence there posting excerpts, lists, quotes, and more including, yes, with some trepidation, reviews.
That was great -- didn't even know about listing. Thank you!
Jessica, if you ever need/want/accept guest blog posts for your series on online networking sites, holler. I'd be glad to pitch in a few for you.
As for GoodReads, I have yet to find anyone who's figured out how best to use it. It's a cool idea with a ton of potential that's hard to figure out... like many social networking sites have become. That's a shame. We've gone from the easy BBs where you could scroll down a list of topics and join in to ... I don't even know what you'd call it, other than an influence from Facebook.
It's too bad. I'd love to do more with GoodReads because it's an easy way for a writer to mix with a reader, and there's no real need to hit people over the head with self-promo. You can go and talk books with other people who like to read what you do. Establish yourself as a reader, first, and then watch how it changes when they realize you're a writer... Or at least, that's how things used to evolve. As we all know, things change daily on the Net. Maybe now you'd get blacklisted for not immediately IDing yourself as a writer, so you've deluded people into thinking you were a cool reader and ... oh, who knows???