Today’s guest post is by Amanda G. Stevens, debut author and Goodreads ninja.
If you love books, you’re probably already on Goodreads. It’s the most obvious social media platform for book lovers, and it’s a great place to show love to your favorite authors—in both obvious and not-so-obvious ways.
Top 10 Ways to Show Goodreads Love to Authors:
1. Rate books. This is a straightforward process. Add the book to your “read” shelf and give it a star rating.
2. Review books. Goodreads reviews vary a lot in length. You can post two sentences or ten paragraphs. Reviews can be text only, or you can get creative with gifs. Be engaging and detailed. So you loved the book—why? What makes this book different from others in its genre? What makes this a book you will remember forever? How did it make you feel?
3. Recommend books. Do this thoughtfully: don’t recommend one book to your entire friend list. Choose the friends who read similar books, who would most likely enjoy this one. The more reliable your recommendations are, the more friends will trust them and check them out.
4. Talk about the author and book in discussion groups. If you haven’t joined a Goodreads group yet, why not? This is where you get to chat with people about the stories you all love. Be sure to use “add book/author” when you comment, so readers can click on the book rather than having to search for it. Update your reading progress. Every time you do this, the book shows up in your friends’ news feeds. And don’t post only the page number you’re on. Include an intriguing comment. Make fellow readers curious about the book. Tell them why you can’t put it down (without giving spoilers).
5. Update your reading progress. Every time you do this, the book shows up in your friends’ news feeds. And don’t post only the page number you’re on. Include an intriguing comment. Make fellow readers curious about the book. Tell them why you can’t put it down (without giving spoilers).
6. Become a fan of the author. Again, this shows up in your News Feed and on your profile page and gives the author a nudge of visibility. And it’s easy. Go to the author’s page and, under their picture on the left, click “Become a Fan.”
7. Interact when you see someone else reading the book. Like their progress updates and ask questions relevant to where they are in the book. Let them know how much you enjoyed it.
8. Vote on lists. In Listopia, you’ll find everything from “Books With Boys on the Cover” to “Sigh-Worthy Kisses” to “Greatest Literature of the Twenty-First Century.” Voting a book onto (appropriate) lists is especially helpful if a few of your friends will vote, too. One vote won’t help a book stand out, but five or six can make a surprising difference.
9. Share the book’s Goodreads page on your other platforms. Goodreads makes this wonderfully easy with their “Share This Book” feature, which includes Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
10. Create fun stuff! Goodreads allows readers to create quizzes and trivia questions. This is a fun way to engage other readers of the book, and again, when you take a book quiz, your results show up in your News Feed.
One of the most helpful things you can do for an author is simply to remind fellow readers that this book is out there, and you read it, and you loved it. Now it’s your turn: how have you shown Goodreads love to an author?
As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English and has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn. Amanda’s first novel, Seek and Hide, will be available September 15, 2014 from David C Cook. She can be found online at her website, on Twitter, and of course on Goodreads.
Congratulations to Amanda on her debut! Be sure to add Seek and Hide to your Goodreads “Want to Read” list today!
©2014 Amanda G Stevens and Kim Vandel