Members of the Alliance of Independent Authors are getting together on Goodreads to do exciting giveaways and other events in 2013. We believe that GR is the best social network for all writers, including self-publishing authors.
Often writers say: I can't get my head around it. Usually that's because they want to use it as a straight self-promotion vehicle.
You can do that there, but you'll have to pay advertising fees.
To use it as a social network, you need to think of it as a corner of the world where people who love to read and write come together to chat, enjoy each other's company, pass on news about great books and – only sometimes – connect with writers.
On Goodreads, it's all about the books.
Which is how it should be, right?
You'll do best on Goodreads as a writer if you approach it, first and foremost, as a reader.
GoodReads Author Programme
Perhaps that's why all members of Goodreads must create a User Profile (UP) first. This allows you to review books, add friends, and post information.
If you've published a book, you can then go on to join the Author Programme
and Goodreads will merge your Author Profile
(AP) with your UP. You'll still use the same username and password, but now your user profile will point to your AP. You'll also have access to a special Author Dashboard that contains useful links and statistics about your books.
All books listed in the Goodreads catalog carry a clickable link to the author's name, which takes the reader to their AP.
Having an Author Profile gives you special privileges on the site. You can edit profile information, add book cover images, post events, write a blog, upload videos, and start featured author groups.