8 Ways to promote your book on Goodreads

Goodreads is one of the most powerful social networks for authors looking to connect with readers. With 125 million members and over 3.5 billion books shelved, Goodreads is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. It is the world’s largest site for book recommendations, with readers adding 30,000 reviews to the site every day. What’s more, those reviews get syndicated and appear on Google Books, USA Today, the Los Angeles Public Library, WorldCat, Better World Books, and other locations.

As an author, you are probably wondering how you can make use of this popular site, GPO is the site where you can learn more about things you need.

1. Sign up for an account

The first thing to do is to signup; it’s easy. Just go to and enter your name, email address, and password. You can also sign up for an account with Facebook.

2. Create an author account

To do this, search for yourself and click on your published author name. The author’s name is listed below the title of your book in the search results.

If you do not find your book in the database of published works, see who can join. Clicking on your name takes you to your basic author profile page. This page has your name at the top and “author profile” to the right of your name.

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This page is part of their database of books and authors and is separate from your member profile page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click “Is this you? Let us know.” to send a request to join the Author Program.

3. Set up your author profile

Your profile is very important. Anyone who is interested in reading your books (or reviews) will check you out, so make sure your photo is appealing and your bio informative. You can also add a link to your website and videos.

4. Add your blog

As a Goodreads author, you can add your blog to the site. Your blog posts will automatically appear on your author profile when you publish them. Conversely, you can also simply write a blog on Goodreads. This gives the public more insights about your writing career, work, and success.

5. Create events

If you are doing a book signing, giving a talk, or presenting at a conference you can promote your event on Goodreads. Events appear on your profile.

6. Post reviews. Posting reviews is the best way to gain followers. People join Goodreads to share what they are reading and, based on those recommendations, find new books.

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As a writer, you have a unique advantage, not just because you understand the inner workings of composition, but because you can WRITE. Turn that talent to writing about what you are reading, especially books you have found most enjoyable.

7. Run ads

Goodreads offers paid ads. The click-through rate is fairly low (.05%), but unlike Google Adwords, the people who frequent Goodreads are actually interested in purchasing books. The low cost of their ads combined with the huge number of readers makes Goodreads an advertising platform that may be worthwhile. Learn more about Goodreads ads HERE.

8. Do giveaways

Historically, authors and publishers have been allowed to post giveaways on Goodreads for physical books only. But Goodreads has announced that it is now open to Kindle giveaways. (Learn more HERE.)

Goodreads will charge a fee of $119 for Kindle (and print) giveaways. Publishers and authors will set the time period for the promotion, however, unlike print giveaways, Goodreads will select winners and see to it they receive their books. The limit for giveaway books both Paperback (print) and Kindle (softcopy) is 100.

Godspower Oparaugo

Godspower Oparaugo is a Nigerian writer and author of Decide Your Future. GPO is an acronym for Godspower Oparaugo, which has been built as a content brand name.

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