Tuesday

Listing and Quoting on GoodReads

It's so easy to get swamped by all that your book launch demands. It has been quiet here at Blurb is a Verb because I've been suffering from a book publicity hangover. The symptoms include chronic social media fatigue, click-and-drag carpel tunnel and a twitchy aversion to Facebook's particular shade of blue.

But I want to take a minute to share two little stress-free tips which can help readers find your book on their own, and they don't cost anything.  And both are easier and more satisfying than photoshopping the wrinkles out of your author photo.

Listing

I have spilled some ink in this space before thinking Deep Thoughts about the value of GoodReads to an author. Listing may be, in fact, the most useful thing you can do on that site. Before Julia's Child came out this season, I made a list in Goodreads of foodie novels, and then  "voted" on my favorites.
The lists appear under the description of your book, but above community reviews.

The result is potentially powerful. Not only does a list show up on your own book's GoodReads page, but it shows up on the pages of the other books you included. So readers of the popular School of Essential Ingredients, for example, will also see my cover art.

The list I created took off, and now several people have voted on it and added books. And today there's even a comment: "Great list - very helpful in finding food novels I hadn't yet stumbled upon. Thanks!" And that pretty much sums up why I think you should make sure that you thoughtfully place your own work onto either existing lists, or new ones. (Create a list here.)

Quoting

Another way to help readers get to know your book on GoodReads is to make sure that you include a quote or two, which you can do here. The quote will appear on your book's screen (in the right-hand sidebar), and also in a big quote database. They look like this:


And, hey, one person liked it.

Enjoy!

14 comments:

  1. Sarah, I always learn something new from you. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks Sarah this is so helpful. Both the information (especially since I know I've been underutilizing goodreads) and the sense of identification with respect to the demands of the promotional process and how it takes it out of you between guest blog posts, interviews, facebook promotions, direct mailing (and responding to responses to said mailing :-), planning and promoting the launch activity, web page updates across all your networks, planning travel (and budgeting for said travel) for personal appearances... so grateful and so very very tired and Oh Gad! doesn't even drop until April 17. I have to remind myself to breathe and take the moment in.

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  3. Hang in there Joanne!

    And thanks, Liz!

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  4. Really helpful!! I still hope to write for Blurb but you so captured the exhaustion, -- and important -- sometimes fun -- activity that book promotion is. More importantly, I have to read your book!!! Truly, the author of LIE (and now to get working on those lists!!)

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  5. I've also been ignoring Goodreads. This will get me back over there. Thanks for the info.

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  6. Thanks, Sarah. Btw, I tried the suggestions... oddly enough the hardest part was adding my own quote, listing my own book...felt too much like self promotion... silly as that sounds.

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  7. This is so valuable. I had no idea.

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  8. Really useful tips thank you! I am also starting to despise that Facebook blue. Does it get any easier? I mean do I have to keep up this pace (which doesn't feel enough anyway)??

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    1. Divorced Lady, That's the thing isn't it...it feels both too much and not enough. Posts by Sarah and recently yours at novelspaces have helped me keep it in perspective in a 'you are not alone' kind of way.

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    2. Too much and not enough! I *live* this contradiction.

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    3. I'm not divorced and will probably never live in Italy, yet I love that title.

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  9. Hi Sarah,

    Have you ever done a goodreads giveaway? Is it worth it in your opinion?

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    1. Hi Joanne! My publisher did a 10 copy giveaway. Personally, I don't see why the 10, when 3 would suffice. Whether any one strategy is "worth it" is so hard to say. But it will get more people on GoodReads to add your book to their "to read" list, because some believe that it increases your chances of winning. (I'm not an expert and can't say for sure whether that's true!) Caveat: my GoodReads giveaway expired on a day when--no lie--50 other giveaways expired. Many expire on a Tuesday, because that's when books are published, and publishers do these to expire on pub day.

      So if you do one, pick a different expiration day, and more people will see it!

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