Goodreads is the go to place for readers to keep track of and share the books they’ve read, post reviews and chronicle their love of books with others.
Great Post by Cathrine Ryan Howard: Goodreads Giveaways, Don’t do what you’re told
I agree with the article in the top reason an author is on Goodreads is not necessarily to get readers to buy your book. It is a tool for exposure and to possibly get in front of readers who may eventually give you a chance. Personally as a reader, if I do read an excerpt that I find particularly interesting I don’t buy on compulsion. But at Amazon and Goodreads there is a way to save the book quickly to your wish list or to be read shelves for later. So I view this as a good tool to get my brand in front of readers.
Some of the top reasons to not exclude Goodreads from your Promotional Plan:
- Google results on your name and book title
- The audience is concentrated. If your on Goodreads it’s because you value/love reading
- The Goodreads Giveaways is a useful tool to gain exposure and cross your fingers for reviews.
- Give readers an opportunity to add your book to their shelves.
- Entering the giveaway there is an already checked box to add the book to your to-read shelf.
- There is a newsletter that goes out to readers, for new books from authors on their shelves.
Remember: The objective is exposure.
With my new release “The Proposition” I am hosting a Goodreads Giveaway. As a widely unknown title I will be following this giveaway. The stats I will be looking at:
Added to shelves:
Giveaway set for: 22 days
If you have tracked your results on Goodreads? I would love to hear about your results. Leave a comment below.