Join Goodreads: Day 28 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

Yesterday, we completed our final #platchal chats of October on Twitter. As part of that, many folks expressed an interest in staying connected past this month, which I think is a great idea. If anyone has ideas on how to make that happen and want to take the lead, send me an e-mail at, and I can help get the word out. After all, this is a great opportunity for y’all to form a writing support group of sorts.

Join Goodreads

Today’s platform-building task is to join Goodreads. Just go to and sign up.

As we’ve gone through this month, I’ve often said that not every site will appeal to or work for every writer. I have to admit that this particular site has not worked for me, but it has definitely helped many writers propel their writing and sell more books. In particular, self-published authors have found great success, but traditionally published authors too.

So I won’t share any of my tips on this site. However, I did find “5 Ways Writers Can Get the Most Out of Goodreads” on Brian Klems’ The Writer’s Dig blog. It includes five great tips and bonus advice from Patrick Brown, who served as Community Manager of the Goodreads site.


Goodreads: The Venue That Can Make Your Writing Career

Goodreads: The Venue That Can Make Your Writing Career

Make Your Writing Career With Goodreads!

Goodreads is “the” site for readers to share their love of books, so a natural place for writers to build an audience. But how best to maximize all it has to offer can overwhelm even the most savvy social networker. What’s more, if done improperly, you may end up alienating rather than gaining readers. Learn how to make Goodreads work for you with the Goodreads: The Venue That Can Make Your Writing Career webinar.

Writers will learn how to:

  • Build a Goodreads author page for maximum effectiveness
  • Utilize Goodreads’ pre-release to generate “book buzz”
  • Avoid pitfalls when interacting in groups that can get you banned (or worse)
  • Develop a Goodreads giveaway that stands out from the crowd
  • And so much more!

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. A published poet, he’s the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53) and a former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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88 thoughts on “Join Goodreads: Day 28 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

  1. Lindi Stammann

    I am already on Goodreads, but it’s not my favorite social media site…mostly because I see it mainly as a tool to keep track of all the awesome books I’ve read. But I will definitely check out the kinks you posted! Maybe I’ve just been missing something…

  2. KarenDoll

    Done! I’ve had a Goodreads account for a while now also. Haven’t really navigated around much. Mainly started it to get recommendations for good books to read! Thanks for the tips and will definitely read Brian’s blog post!

  3. Suzanne Adair

    I’ve been on Goodreads for more than five years. During that time, I’ve done all the things that Brian Klems recommended. I also did a Goodreads giveaway of a new book in 2013. I never got any readership traction on Goodreads and finally quit wasting my time there. IMHO it’s a platform that works for a few niches but not all.

  4. lmurban20

    I’ve heard of Goodreads but had no idea it was a social media site – honestly, I always thought it was nothing more than a site listing top book recommendations. Boy, was I wrong…looking forward to exploring & learning more about the site. 🙂

  5. semayawibeth

    Done, but it’s huge and I’m going to have to set aside some major time to get more deeply involved. Just an idea, but could we all stay connected via a particular closed facebook page set up for us?

  6. Pam

    I’m so glad today’s challenge is one already completed. It was a long 12-hour day at work, so this is the first I was able to check to see what today’s challenge was. I’m on Goodreads as a reader but will probably wait to establish a writer’s account until I have something published.

  7. Carli Fierce

    Done! I’ve heard of it, but had never even been to the site. I logged in with Facebook and found that 13 of my friends are on there. I’m not sure how much I’ll use it, but it certainly good to be aware of new avenues.

  8. tracycorral

    Just joined, but this seems like a whole new animal compared to Twitter, FB & G+. I’m going to go back and read that article, since I have NO idea how to navigate this one. How does one connect with people on Goodreads??


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