Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What's So Good About Goodreads?

After stumbling across an article detailing legitimate ways to market your books on Goodreads‬, I thought I'd give the suggestions a try. I don't know how old the article was, but it needs updating to reflect the website's current limitations.

1. It suggests: Add your book to a list
Result: Goodreads won't let you add your own books to a list.

2. It suggests: Giveaways
Result: Goodreads won't let you offer ebook giveaways.

3. It suggests: Advertise
Result: If I had $50-$500 from my book sales to afford this, I wouldn't need to market on Goodreads. Furthermore, I'm sure I could probably find better sites with higher exposure for my advertising dollars.

4. It suggests: Lead a Q&A discussion group
Result: This leaves you stuck trying to market a Goodreads group instead of your book, or spending a lot of lonely time posting things nobody will ever read.

5. It suggests: Recommend books to friends
Result: Goodreads won't let you recommend your own books.

6. It suggests: Asks fans for reviews
Result: Get banned for spamming (which so far looks to be the only good thing to come from all of this).

7. It suggests: Connect Goodreads to MyBookTable
Result: Sure. Because what authors need is ANOTHER social networking site to maintain...

In summary, Goodreads doesn't seem to have anything in place to connect readers with authors. I know what you're all thinking, "But it's supposed to be a social environment where you're meant to interact with readers, not try to sell them on your books." That mentality works, up until the point you remember that most writers don't have oodles of time to spend chatting about the weather on social media, between their day jobs and their writing/editing/marketing, etc. With Goodreads' current policy of frowning on authors even mentioning their books in posts, interacting in the forums is akin to tiptoeing through a minefield. Little wonder that every second post on the site is about Harry Potter, Twilight, or some other popular book. Chances are good that readers have already heard of them somewhere other than Goodreads.

For most authors, it boils down to a question of where to invest your time. Goodreads, along with Amazon forums and Twitter, has a long way to go to prove that it's worthwhile for any titles that aren't already part of the mainstream mindset.



Monday, 9 May 2016

A Word Of Thanks / Beta Reader Notice

Just sending along a word of thanks to the individuals who purchased a copy of Reading The Dead: The Sarah Milton Chronicles and/or Reading The Dead: Fidelis in Aeternum during our recent Paranormal Day Celebration sale. I hope you enjoy the books!

I am currently mid-way through the first edit of Reading The Dead: Street Savior. Things are looking very good for a July release of the book to beta readers. I already have a short list of beta readers set up for the book. If you wish to be included on this list, please send me an email at jc8802@nb.sympatico.ca with the subject "Street Savior Beta Reader" and I'll be happy to include you among those receiving an advanced copy of the next book in the series.





Wednesday, 4 May 2016

National Paranormal Day Sale

In celebration of National Paranormal Day, books one and two of Reading The Dead: The Sarah Milton Chronicles are going on sale on Amazon until May 8 for the insanely low price of only $1.99 apiece! Once the price change kicks in, be sure to grab these titles before this mad spirit fades away!