1. Thanks for including me in your blog post today, Edie. And for teaching me something new. I had no idea you could sell your books on Goodreads.

    Lucie j.

  2. Great post, Edie, thanks for sharing with us. I can see yet another place I need to get some work done. My hubby really wants my writing to succeed to take some pressure off him, so I’m hoping to talk him into doing some of the initial set-up things to free up some of my time. *grin*

  3. OMG! Galaxy Girls is out. Yayyyyyy! Even though I only crtiqued the synopsis for this, I can honestly say the plot stuck with me for a loooong time. I was scared it might never get published and I’d never get a chance to read it in its entirety. Man, oh man, I love self-publishing and this is the reason why.

    Oh, and thanks for including me in the article, Edie. What a nice surprise to wake up to this morning. 🙂

  4. Marcia, big smooches! One of the great things about self-publishing is that we never have to write a synopsis.

    Thanks for your contribution!

  5. Edie,
    Great post. I’m on Goodreads and have set up an author page and added my books. Please let us know how the giveaway works for you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

  6. Christy, I might wait until I get a review or two before doing the giveaway. Or I could even do one of an older book.

    Lots of choices! Let me know what you decide to do and how it’s working.

  7. Michelle Diener

    Edie, I recently wrote an article on Goodreads myself for the RWA-WF newsletter after using it to run a giveaway for my debut historical IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. The giveaway generated 1500 entries for 10 books and the number of people who added my book to their to-read list tripled. The only thing with the giveaways at the moment is they have to be for a new release and they have to be for print copies. You can see all the rules in the giveaway section of the site.

  8. Michelle, so cool about your giveaways! I didn’t know that about the rules. But I have to say that I looked at the giveaways, and I’m pretty sure that some were ebooks and others weren’t just released.

    I’ll check it out right away. Thanks for letting me know!

  9. Edie, Thanks for the details about promoting my book on Goodreads. I’ve been meaning to do that since the site began, but never got around to figuring out how. Now you have inspired me!

  10. Congrats on the new release, Edie! GG is on my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. I’d like to add at least two more hours to the day, maybe add an entire day to the week!

  11. I also put my new releases out as an “event”. It’s part of the drop down boxes available at the top of your home page. I’m not sure I’ve seen any jump in sales, but I figure it can’t hurt.

    I did a book giveaway but I think people are just trolling for freebies rather than a new author. I know I never saw a review from the person who received my book. I’m not sure I would do it again.

  12. Mia, me, too. Even with the research I did, I missed the part about “Events” that Nina mentioned. And I get Event notices all the time from other authors. So that was a Duh moment.

  13. Hello –
    I just wanted to point out something that you mention here in this article (which is very good) –
    AUTHORS should NEVER give a review (including stars) of their own books (even under another pen name) under any website/review site. This is highly frowned upon by readers and potential readers. It will even make potential readers bypass your book altogether.
    If an author wants to communicate with potential readers, and the ‘review’ is the only means of quickly doing so, then it’s fine to use the area to explain something about the book, but never to ‘review’ it.
    (I do see that at least one person also commented on this – PD Singer on 11/07/11.)

  14. Lea-Ellen, good to know. I’ve never given a review of my books, though I have given stars. I’ve seen that done often by other authors. In the future, I won’t do it.

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