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G is for Goodreads!
Here at Pie Plate Publishing we’re big fans of the website Goodreads, from the perspective of readers, writers, and as a publisher. When we share status updates about Goodreads on our social media pages, sometimes we get replies like “What’s Goodreads”? or “Oh no, another social media page to learn?” Whether you are a voracious reader or a new author, Goodreads is a great resource to share what you like to read and to discover what you’ll like to read next. We want you to know what this site has to offer, so here is an elementary introduction:
Who it’s good for:
- Readers & Bookclubbers
Readers: If you love to read, or better yet to read and to tell people about it, Goodreads is a great place for you. It’s the social media page for books, plain and simple. If you are also a bookclubber, this is a great site for you because you can experience it like a virtual bookclub. You can follow friends and their reviews – the experience, of course, is enhanced when the friends you follow do thoughtful reviews and ratings of the books they read – or simply use Goodreads privately as a place to keep track of your personal reading list. Participate in discussion threads about books or topics or simply enjoy sharing your reading interests with your closest friends and getting ideas from them.
Authors: Aside from the obvious benefits of researching what’s hot in the book world, authors can also make their own pages. Fans and followers can visit your page to see information about all the books you’ve written, read your book reviews of fellow authors, and even read your blog. (You can post blog entries directly to Goodreads or set the Goodreads blog to post entries you make to another site, like WordPress.) If you’re an independent author (i.e., self-published author), make sure to do some of the publisher-type activities below.
Publishers: It goes without saying that a social media site that celebrates reading and writing is going to be a popular place for publishers. It’s a free option for spreading the word about your catalog – set up author pages or become a librarian so that you can keep all your books’ metadata clean and accurate! Nominate your books for awards, run book giveaways, and lead Q&A groups, link the free author pages to your website with widgets, and take advantage of integrated advertising.
How to Get Started:
- Sign up! You can start a new login and password or sign in using Facebook, Twitter, Amazon or Google.
- Seek out friends. Follow the prompts at sign-up to check your address book for friends who are already on Goodreads – or later, click on the friends icon next to your profile picture (upper right corner). You can find friends via Facebook, Twitter, and various email applications. You can also copy/paste a link to send to friends to connect with them.
- Pick your favorite genres. Goodreads will customize your experience based on your likes.
- Start searching out books you’ve read and books you’d like to read. Add them and rate a few so your friends will know a little bit about your reading tastes. Or, after the setup process, just click on My Books (top header) and start adding from there.
- Update your profile. Click on the icon (upper right, looks like a person reading a book).
Remember, Goodreads becomes interesting when you begin to engage with others. Scroll through your friends’ updates and get some ideas of what to add to your To Read list! There are many tools, apps, lists, groups, and features to explore in Goodreads. Take some time to discover them all, but remember, you don’t need to engage in all aspects of this site to enjoy it. Just rating books and reading friends’ reviews may be all you need to enjoy this site!
Pie Plate’s owner and publisher Jennifer Oddo is on Goodreads. Click here to find her! Become a friend or follow her reviews – and don’t forget to check out her bio which includes a list of Pie Plate’s books to search for, rate and review on Goodreads!
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Pie Plate Publishing is an independent, traditional publishing house specializing in the works of new authors of all genres. We are not affiliated with Goodreads, Inc. – just fans of the site!