Goodreads is Facebook for people who enjoy life between the covers.
embership in the fast-growing site for readers, writers and reviewers has spiked from 6.5 million to 9 million since we rang in 2012, with 17 million joining each month, says Goodreads Author Program Manager Patrick Brown.
Speaking at the 2012 BookExpo America convention in New York City, Brown said authors should set up shop in Goodreads and spend lots of time meeting the neighbors. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re self-published or represented by a major house.
“The only distinction we make,” Brown said, “is whether you’ve joined Goodreads. To me, an author is an author.”
Currently, 42,000 authors have planted their flag on Goodreads
Most writers, whether self or traditionally published, know one of the toughest problems they face is getting noticed. Goodreads is a better place than most to get discovered, win fans, and pile up some reviews.
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The interest and passion around Goodreads is a great sign for self-published authors. It demonstrates not only a huge interest in reading, but also a demand for new writing talent.
Not that Brown was ever worried.
“I’ve never felt that reading was at all imperiled,” he says. “I think people read more than they ever have before. I’ve never been even the littlest bit worried. This is a very positive statement about where we are.”
What’s doing best on Goodreads? Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, General Fiction and Literary Non-Fiction. Brown reports that there’s a growing interest in business and thought leadership as well.
While the site is pretty intuitive,this is the place to go if you have questions.
You can also follow Goodreads on Twitter at: twitter.com/#!/goodreads, and “meet your next favorite book” on the Facebook page at: facebook.com/Goodreads.
Brown, incidentally, is the 43rd most followed member on Goodreads. See what he’s up to and make an important new friend at his page.
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