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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 robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com, 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 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.

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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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Catch up on some recent Platform Challenge tasks here:

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Margaret Verble: On Combining Facts and Imagination in Historical Fiction.

Pulitzer Prize-finalist Margaret Verble discusses the process of writing her new historical fiction novel, When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 586

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a scary poem.

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

Creating Space to Ponder Your Bliss and Relying on Your Inner Compass to Guide Your Writing

What do you do in a world perpetually in fast forward? You create spaces for contemplation. Author Terry Helwig offers advice on creating spaces to ponder your bliss and how to find your inner compass.

comfort

Small Comforts

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write about a small comfort.

Gayle Forman: On Challenging Your Gut

Gayle Forman: On Challenging Your Gut

Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman discusses the start-and-stop process of writing her new middle grade novel, Frankie & Bug.

One Story: Market Spotlight

One Story: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at One Story, a literary publication that showcases one story in each issue.

Peer vs. Pier (Grammar Rules)

Peer vs. Pier (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between peer vs. pier with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Rhys Bowen: On Knowing Your Characters Inside and Out

Rhys Bowen: On Knowing Your Characters Inside and Out

New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen discusses how knowing her characters so well made for an easier writing process in her new book, God Rest Ye Royal Gentlemen.

Marjorie B. Kellogg: On Climate Fiction as Its Own Genre

Marjorie B. Kellogg: On Climate Fiction as Its Own Genre

Author Marjorie B. Kellogg discusses the decade-long process of writing her new science fiction/climate fiction novel, Glimmer.