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What Writers Need to Know About Goodreads

The New York Times has profiled Goodreads, undoubtedly sending hundreds of writers and publishers flocking to the site. This bustling community of readers seems perfect for writers, but it is very easy to make a bad impression on its members.

After a long Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit, novelist Michael J. Sullivan collected some advice for writers using Goodreads. His advice can spare many writers some bad experiences on the network.

Here is his most important piece of advice: “The most important thing to remember about goodreads is that members of this site REALLY hate self-promotion. Primarily because too many authors come to the site and do drive-by posts and leave. This makes their radar on such matters very sensitive. The key to goodreads is to become a member of the community first…and mention your writing only in context and when appropriate.”

In addition, his wife  shared a complete set of posts helping writers get the most out of the literary social network.

Goodreads 101 – Part 1: Setting up your profile

Good Reads 101 – Part 2 Tell me about your book…

Goodreads 201: Part 3 – Introducing yourself

Goodreads 201: Part 4 – Introduction emails (content)

Measuring your goodreads results

Putting your best foot forward

Editor’s Note: Readers Angela James, Heidi Belleau, Ridley, Lorenda Christensen urged writers not to use the “Private Message” function to contact readers. Follow those Twitter feed links for more specific discussions about Goodreads etiquette.

On the Morning Media Menu, Social Times editor Devon Glenn talked about why these guidelines matter for all writers. Press play below to listen…

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