Most of you know that I’m a huge Goodreads fan. I think their free services to authors and readers are invaluable. Not to mention how awesome I think it is to have a digital library with bookshelves, my want-to-read books marked, etc.
According to Goodreads it is a “free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.”
If you’re self-publishing or you have to do most of your marketing, I want to show you today how to add your book to Goodreads. It’s free, easy, and will be a big help in getting your book in front of new audiences and at the very least, in the hands of new readers.
Check first to see if your book is up on Goodreads – If your book is being published through a publisher, they might add it for you. Before you add your book and accidentally create a duplicate, make sure that you check to see if your book is already up on Goodreads. You do this by searching for your book on the site. Type in your title into the search bar and hit enter, as shown below. The results will show up below.
If your book is not already there, it’s time to put your book up on Goodreads! Be sure to have information ready about your book for when you add it, such as the cover art, the blurb, publish date, publisher, etc. If you have the information and you’ve searched your book and it isn’t already there, choose the option to the right on the screen that says “Manually Add a Book.”
Once you click “Manually add a book” it’s time to add your work of art!
Fill in the information on your book, such as title, author, isbn, publisher, number of pages, format, edition, official URL, and book blurb under description. It doesn’t require all of the fields to be filled out but fill out as much as you can. Once you’ve entered all needed information and upload your book cover (link on the right hand side of the page), select “Create Book.”
When you’ve hit the “Create Book” button, VOILA! Your book has been created on Goodreads! The nice thing too, is if you add your book to Goodreads before it comes out, users that have added your book to their To-Read list will receive an email when your book comes out reminding them to pick it up. You can’t beat that!
My book is uploaded. What now?
Once your book is uploaded, there are a ton of different ways to promote your work as an author. Make sure you join the Author’s Program: If you’re not sure how to create an author profile, here’s a How-To.
Run a Goodread’s giveaway! Get your book into the hands of eager readers! Information on how to run a Goodreads giveaway is here (and actually this whole slideshow is super helpful for any author).
Enjoy Listopia! Go a step farther by adding your book to Goodreads lists. There are a million and one book lists such as YA romance or Adult Vampire Books, or whatever the niche your book may fall into. Add your book to as many lists that qualify and it will help with your book’s visibility.
If you have any questions or have anything to add, let me know in the comments below! I’m happy to help.