Sunday, January 26, 2014

Adding a Book to Your Goodreads Author's List Before the Release Date

Like most new authors, Goodreads intimidates me. I don't really understand it and I worry about some of the creatures who dwell in the murky depths. Going there can be the literary equivalent of swimming in snark infested waters while clutching a bleeding tuna.

BUT...Goodreads is huge and has snazzy author tools available. Ignoring it is a mistake, so I do my best to understand it. (And also to only dive from within the security of a shark proof cage.)

In the past, I have waited for my books to release, for the title to miraculously appear in Goodread's database, and then simply claimed it. Upon occasion, I've had to add a cover image.

I consider myself slightly savvier now than in my publishing debut days of yore (2012). Part of my marketing strategy for my upcoming new release, BATTLE CRY, involved creating a Book Page for it on my Goodreads Author's List so that readers click that all important button and add it to their "Want to Read".

If you want to go ahead and add that to your Goodreads shelf right now, I don't mind at all. I'll wait until you get back to explain how I did it.

No, seriously, go right ahead.

Since I posted my Cover Reveal, a couple people have said, "Hey, that's neat. How did you do that?"

Here I shall reveal my Goodreads secret to you.

Fill out the form with as much information as you have in your possession. 

Over in the upper right hand corner is an option to "Add a cover image for this book." Use the BROWSE button to select your cover image and upload it.

Note: I modified my title a bit so readers would know that the book is "Coming June 2014" to reduce confusion and prevent anyone from thinking that it has already been released.

Once the form is complete, click the CREATE BOOK button on the bottom of the page.


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  1. Hey Melissa, Its a great cover & fits in wonderfully with the other Loki books.
    I've now added it to my TBR.
    Wishing you lots of success!

  2. Thanks for the tip, Missy. Goodreads is a puzzle to me...I keep saying I'll make use of it, but... You are so good at sharing what you've learned! Rolynn

    1. Rolynn,
      Goodreads is always surprising me with new things. As is Amazon.

      Thank you! I hope you have a chance to put the tip to good use. :-)