Do you know Goodreads? The site’s home page poses a terrific invitation: “Meet your next favorite book.” Goodreads, perhaps the world’s largest book club, is a wonderful place for readers to meet, discover authors and books, and discuss their love of literature.
Want to know what others thought of a book before you decide to read it? Goodreads stores reviews of thousands of books. Would you like to discuss the latest cozy mysteries, science fiction novels, or women’s fiction? Goodreads has a group for you to do just that! Interested in reading a novel by your favorite author before it’s released? At any given moment, advance copies of books are offered for giveaway on Goodreads.
Goodreads is also a wonderful site for authors. It has provided me with a platform to introduce All Things Murder and promote the book in the months’ since its release. Two months before the book’s debut, I ran a giveaway of four advance copies. More than 1,300 readers entered the contest, and several hundred added the book to their To Read bookshelf.
Goodreads helps authors reach readers through advertising. Authors can choose their own budget for an ad and direct the ad to readers of specific genres or the fans of specific authors. An ad I placed has been viewed thousands of times and has prompted more than one hundred readers to mark the book for reading.
Goodreads introduced a new feature recently: Ask the Author. Readers can post questions for participating authors to answers. It is yet another way for authors and readers to interact. I’ve answered a few of the “starter” questions Goodreads provided.
I’ve been a Goodreads member for a year now and am very happy to be a part of the site. I have discovered a few authors and their terrific books and have met very nice people in the cozy groups I have joined. Why not pay a visit to Goodreads yourself and check out all it has to offer?
Have a great week, everyone!