My new sci fi romance, Galaxy Girls, is just out, my shiny new baby. I wanted to learn how to use Goodreads for promotion and thought some of you might want to know more about this, too. I put a call out, and a few people contacted me. If you’ve had any promo experiences on Goodreads, I hope you’ll share them in the comments.
What’s amazing is that I found out almost everything important by reading the How To Use the Author Program directions on Goodreads. Thanks to Amy Atwell for pointing me to it. The directions are easy to read, and everything appears simple to set up. By viewing my friends’ Author pages, I knew some of this, but not all.
You can do giveaways on Goodreads. Each giveaway that I looked at had hundreds of people commenting for a chance to win the books. But even more exciting, you can sell your books on Goodreads. You’ll get 70% royalties and Goodreads keeps 30%.
(Correction. Thanks to Michelle Diener, I found out that the giveaways are for Advanced Reading Copies and must be print books. You can see the directions here. I plan to do a print copy of Galaxy Girls, which will probably be out in the fall. Until then, I’ll have to do my giveaways elsewhere.)
You can also link to your blog so it shows up on Goodreads (I’d done that already), post excerpts (I didn’t know that), quizzes (I’d like to do that – if someone figures out how to add five hours to each day), and start a Q&A group (again, the hours thing).
Of course, you should set up your author profile, if you haven’t already, and add your books ( give them a 5-star rating!). You can add videos if you have them.
Goodreads offers advertising, too, but I’m passing on that for now. So is Marcia Colette. This is what she says about it:
For The Spider Inside Her, I purchased a $30 ad campaign (for Bittersweet it was $60) that will splash my book and a very short blurb up for various users who are interested in urban fantasy or similar genres. I can tell you for the time it ran I didn’t make my $60 back. Instead, I made it back after I put out The Spider Inside Her, which tells me the campaign (regardless of how many clicks) did nothing. Still being hopeful is the only reason why I tried again with TSIH, but with half the money this time. One thing I will say is that it was very easy to set it up.
… I think the best thing Goodreads has been good for is getting the word-of-mouth out without the ads or events or anything like that.
From L.J. Charles:
I do use Goodreads to promote my books. I’ve done three giveaways and had hundreds of people sign up for each one, many of whom added my books to their TBR lists.
I also have a couple of blogs available on the site. They didn’t get much attention until I decided to share my first paranormal experience with readers. This was a suggestion from a friend. Her thinking: if you tell readers you’ve experienced some of these things first hand, they’ll want to read your books. I can’t say that I’ve suddenly had a jump in sales, but that post got 19 hits on Goodreads and the most I’d had on a few previous posts was 4, so something happened.
LJ told me that the giveaways were easy to set up. “I just click on the word ‘giveaway’ and fill in the information and Goodreads does the rest.” (The giveaway link is on your Author Dashboard page. You just need to scroll down and click on it.)
That’s all I have. I’ll probably do a giveaway soon. If anyone is interested, I hope you’ll follow me on my Goodreads author page. And let me know how many hours you’d like to add to each day.