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.
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.)
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.