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Goodreads Author Program Hits 100,000 Author Milestone

Posted by Patrick Brown on January 14, 2014
Huzzah! This week we are reaching 100,000 authors in the Goodreads Author Program! When we started offering verified author pages five years ago, we never dreamed that one day our members would have the opportunity to interact with some of their favorite writers like Khaled Hosseini, Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Helen Fielding, James Patterson, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, L.J. Smith, David Baldacci and many, many more. You'd think we'd get used to working with authors, but we still get awestruck when someone on our To-Read list joins the site!



To celebrate, we're releasing a Goodreads author badge that will appear on all verified author pages. Members can now immediately identify when an author is part of the Goodreads community, and can interact with them via a Goodreads chat, a comment on their blog or status update, or by following their reviews.

Many authors keep their pages updated with news of upcoming books and, because all writers are also readers, they also share their reading lists—another great opportunity to discover new books on Goodreads! For instance, Rick Riordan includes This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel in his list of 44 "Favorites", along with Dune by Frank Herbert; L.J. Smith appears to be a huge Agatha Christie fan with over 50 books of hers shelved; and Khaled Hosseini gave Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain 5 stars. Members can browse authors' bookshelves to find out which titles they have in common, and discover which books inspired their favorite writers.

The Goodreads Author Program also gives debut and self-published authors an excellent forum to connect with potential readers. Colleen Hoover credits the Goodreads community with helping propel her debut novel Slammed onto the bestseller lists, and hundreds of new authors take advantage of our free giveaway program to get books into the hands of would-be readers each month.

Know an author who is not yet part of the Goodreads community? Invite them to join!

Comments (showing 1-16 of 16) (16 new)

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message 1: by Calamus (new)

Calamus Wow! It's wonderful to see how much the Author Program has grown. It's a great program!


message 2: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Bakar Perhaps you could do a bit more to protect authors from abuse? I have written to Goodreads via the comments form and received no reply though several weeks have now passed.

Although you prevent negative comments being posted in reviews you did not prevent folks logging in with multiple identities and multiple posting 1-star reviews on my books. The same troll has tried to hit me continuously on Amazon, but those folks are a bit better at replying and taking action. Could you please investigate before you pop the cork on the champagne?

Otherwise this author is leaving.

Sharon Bakar


message 3: by Patrick, Director, Author Marketing (new)

Patrick Brown Sharon wrote: "Perhaps you could do a bit more to protect authors from abuse? I have written to Goodreads via the comments form and received no reply though several weeks have now passed.

Although you prevent..."


Hi Sharon,

We absolutely do not allow abusive reviews or other illegitimate accounts. If you see something suspicious, please feel free to send an email to support at goodreads dot com, and we will look into it.


message 4: by David (new)

David Brian 100,000 and, no doubt, soon to be rising. So many people with a story to tell!

As a reader I appreciate the magic of the written word, and its ability to release us from the trials of life, transporting us to strange and exciting new worlds.

As a writer I get to enjoy weaving the very fabric of those realities. Creating a place for others to journey, and hopefully enjoy!

Goodreads truly is a place for book lovers of the world to unite. A massive well done(!) to Goodreads and all of its members!


message 5: by Raffi (new)

Raffi I think the time and date of author chats should appear in the body of your emails.


message 6: by Tinsley (new)

Tinsley Help!! I want to join the author programme and have followed all the instructions how to do so to the letter, but nowhere on the page I am directed to is the "Is this you?" button which I have to click on to initiate it. What don't I understand? There's a party going on out there and I want to be part of it.Any comments seriously appreciated.


message 7: by Patrick, Director, Author Marketing (new)

Patrick Brown Tinsley wrote: "Help!! I want to join the author programme and have followed all the instructions how to do so to the letter, but nowhere on the page I am directed to is the "Is this you?" button which I have to c..."

Can you post one of the books you wrote here? We should be able to get you set up pretty quickly.


message 8: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Bakar Sharon wrote: "Perhaps you could do a bit more to protect authors from abuse? I have written to Goodreads via the comments form and received no reply though several weeks have now passed.

Although you prevent..."


Sorry I jumped in rather quickly with this moan. My sincere thanks for taking action on this matter.


message 9: by Tinsley (new)

Tinsley Patrick wrote: "Tinsley wrote: "Help!! I want to join the author programme and have followed all the instructions how to do so to the letter, but nowhere on the page I am directed to is the "Is this you?" button ..."

Thanks Patrick. Currently I have one book published, The Guru Game and this comes up when a search is made under my name. My next book Seance will be published in one or two weeks but I appreciate that that this will not yet be on the system.

My frustration is that the Goodreads site does not seem to produce the particular pages it says it will when I follows the instructions to get on to the author programme. Maybe I'm just thick!

If you can help I will be so grateful

Tinsley


message 10: by Bob (new)

Bob Crew Books have the power to annoy, which is why authors can attract unjustified abuse from people! Some critics want to punish authors for having dared to write a book in the first place. It was forever thus, but don't let them get to you. Bob Crew,




author of "Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy for South Africa and The World" on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-Legacy-.... Also on Goodreads, in the bookshops and on kindle.


message 11: by Bob (new)

Bob Crew Some authors get friends and family to vote for their books without having read them! Wicked world. There are also professional promotional people who are employed to do this kind of thing for authors. Some authors get people to vote another author's book down!! I have evidence of this and have written about it. The rating system leaves much to be desired and is of course very subjective and not infrequently ill-informed. So don't take it seriously. If it spoils your breakfast, don't let it spoil your lunch. The worst critics and/or abusers can even be occasional fellow authors who have failed miserably and are eaten up with jealousy. So know your worth and forget the rest.

Bob Crew,author of "Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy for South Africa and The World" on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-Legacy-.... Also on Goodreads, in the bookshops and on kindle.


message 12: by Bob (new)

Bob Crew A book may be a good read, but is it a good book, and does this matter? What good does it do for whom and/or the greatest number of people? How is 'good' to be defined? There are good bad books and bad good books, right? But how to rate the good books rather than the good reads and the good critics rather than the bad ones? What qualifies readers and/or critics to rate books? How many books are good books as well as good reads?

Bob Crew, author author of "Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy for South Africa and The World" on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-Legacy-.... Also on Goodreads, in the bookshops and on kindle.


message 13: by Bob (new)

Bob Crew For example! I had a book that was given five stars and an excellent review on Amazon by one reader and only three stars and a lousy review by another who also told lies about me and my book (Amazon called this very unfair comment 'fair comment.'). The same book was given an excellent review in The Economist Magazine, but only one or two stars by Amazon and Goodreads readers. Clearly, readers come in many different shapes and sized and some are more intelligent than others! Also their expectations are all very different. Who are they? What do they know?

Bob Crew, author of "Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy for South Africa and The World" on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-Legacy-.... Also on Goodreads, in the bookshops and on kindle.


message 14: by Jessica (last edited Feb 12, 2014 06:36PM) (new)

Jessica Gollub I like to think I was the one who put you guys over the top. ;) Thanks for the great program!

Jessica Gollub


message 15: by Nicky (new)

Nicky Gardiner I am fairly new to Good Reads, having brought out my book in late September 'The Showman And The Shade'. But I am finding promoting it and raising awareness it exists is the hardest part. Harder than writing the book itself. It has received some good reviews on Amazon.co.uk and a couple on here. But wondered if you do a new author feature or something else to allow new authors the opportunity to be more visible? Most of the groups I have joint on here (within my novels genre ghost tales) seem to be against self promotion. But I am glad to be a part of the community even if only a small part. ;-)


message 16: by Massimo (last edited Jan 13, 2015 11:56PM) (new)

Massimo Hello, I'm happy to communicate with Goodreads and his people.
I like to speak about my books. I'm author of seven detective stories in Naples.
I wrote my third thriller "Un mistero occitano" about great danger of ethnic and religious intolerances. Now we are living similar moments in the world.
Maxim
http://www.massimosiviero.com


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