Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why Goodreads is Important for Authors

If you’re a writer and reader, you’ve likely heard of the popular site If you haven’t, you should check it out. The site is devoted to the love of books and has twelve million members. Among those members, 410,000,000 books have been listed on their shelves! But here’s the other reason you should join, particularly if you’re an author. According to one blog, it’s a great way for a new book to get noticed, as demonstrate by new author Colleen Hoover with her first book, Slammed

Hoover succeeded by first offering a pair of free giveaways. From there a few prominent bloggers wrote about the book, spreading the word to their followers (there’s more about these bloggers in the link below). The bloggers gave the book enough ratings for the Goodreads search engine to place it on their recommended reading list. The book came out in January. By summer it was on the New York Times ebook bestseller list, and then Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint took notice.

As noted, one has to have a lot of good ratings. Slammed had 20,000 averaging 4.4 out of 5. Of course, it all starts with writing a good book!! To read more about Hoover’s success story in the Goodreads blog post, go to

By the way, I invite you to visit my Goodreads page at Debra Purdy Kong

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