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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Today's platform-building task is to join Goodreads. Just go to Goodreads.com 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 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!
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.