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Do you need to connect with readers but find you waste valuable writing time trying to figure out Goodreads?

Many authors struggle to master the Goodreads site and many will give up before tapping its true potential. Don’t let this happen to you. With 50 million account holders and almost 8,000 book clubs from every country in the world, this site should be part of eve

Kindle Edition, 117 pages
Published December 3rd 2016 (first published January 31st 2014)
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Philip Dodd
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In her book, An Author's Guide to Goodreads: How to Network with Millions of Readers, Barb Drozdowich writes that she loves Goodreads. That she does love Goodreads she makes clear in the positive, enthusiastic way in which she wrote her book. I found it to be a refreshing, reassuring book to read. For one thing, her advice on Goodreads Giveaways reassured me that they are a good idea. I have read both positive and negative thoughts by authors on the subject of Goodreads Giveaways in various thre ...more
James Minter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: authors
Shelves: reviewed
Based on the premise we, as authors, need to find our audience, and Goodreads is a free platform with over 50 million subscribers worldwide, it’s a potential goldmine for writers to connect with readers – but of course, it’s not without hard work and commitment. Drozdowich, in this second book on, focuses on the need to network. Actually, this book comes as a responses to her first book- The Ultimate Goodreads Guide for Authors - and the fact the visual (screenshot) approach didn’t ...more
James Minter
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: New authors to Goodreads
Shelves: reviewed
I love ‘how to …’ books. Like most authors my life is very busy reading, writing, editing, re-writing and promoting to say the least. If I can save time and gain knowledge by picking someone else’s brain I’ll do so. I find Goodreads a maze but I know to be a successful author it’s a website I must get to grips with. I’m a visual person too. So ‘The Ultimate Goodreads Guide for Authors’ is up my street.
Like most books of this type it’s not something to read from cover to cover. A useful Table of
Carol Balawyder
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book one really finishes, but comes back to. Technically, I read through it all to get a general idea of what Goodreads has to offer its authors. But I haven't come close to applying the tips provided in the book.
One negative aspect of the book is that on the Kindle e-reader, the illustrations were almost impossible to read.
Marie Schaeller
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book because I had a Goodreads account, but I was sort of floundering. I claimed my book and did some things, but I didn't find the website that user friendly or enticing. It was not a site a really engaged with. I wanted to become more intentional with my approach on Goodreads when I was getting ready to publish my second book. This book really helped me with my approach.

I really liked the way the author mentions that Goodreads is a place to network and meet other readers--no
Kevin Ortegel
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: authors
As a writer who has been intrigued but confused with how to use GoodReads, this book is a godsend! Barb Drozdowich dissects this enigmatic website and explains it in a way that can be easily understood. GoodReads is a must for authors, because it is fast becoming the one and only site an author needs to establish a platform and an audience, as it doubles as an author page and a blog host. Thanks to Barb's help I plan to create a robust presence on this site to use as a hub for all of my future w ...more
Leta McCurry
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If a subject covers information from 1 to 10, the average how-to book starts at 5, assuming the reader already knows the "kindergarten"of the subject. This frustrates me no end. Drozdowich, however, starts at 1 and held my hand, step b y step, through the entire process, which was exactly what I was looking for. Good Reads can be difficult to negotiate, especially for a newcomer. This writer makes sense of it all and give excellent guidance for even the newest beginner. I recommend without reser ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've read in regards to understanding Goodreads. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Stephen Parr
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The ultimate Goodreads User manual
For any author wishing to maximise the use of Goodreads this book is a must, especially if they are interested in achieving the benefits of serious networking. An extraordinarily comprehensive manual, it is best used while the reader is on the Goodreads site. It is as if the author is sitting beside you making sure that you understand each section fully, and step by step. Very good value.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of the book through Reading Deals
Natasha Lane
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of Great Info, Good for Beginners

This book definitely gave me more than a few things to add on my to do list. I'm pretty comfortable using GR as a millennial but as an author there were still several things I was totally clueless about.

The possibilities for an author on GR are more than I thought. Most importantly, I loved how the author drove home the fact that GR is really reader focused. She emphasized this, especially authors commenting in the review section.

That's a no. I've seen that
Marcia Ledford
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Barb Drozdowich provides a quick read (during a flight) and a good primer on this world of Goodreads. I appreciated the info on requirements for setting up an author page and will refer to it as I do so in 2020. Thanks, Barb!
The Literary Apothecary
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Barb calls Goodreads “the candy store for readers.” That being said, why wouldn’t an author wish to learn more? These days many authors struggle with finding readers and sharing their books. Barb’s Goodreads primer covers the basics and share insights on how to maximize the features and networking opportunities.

Written for the new author wishing to leverage the immensely popular bibliophilic network, An Author's Guide to Goodreads: How to Network with Millions of Readers is an excellent primer
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Barb Drozdowich has tackled the millipede that is Goodreads, and given us a book for the networker-author, as well as for the avid reader – both want to leverage all the complexity of the jam-packed premier web destination for readers. The book’s entry-level walk-through revealed a lot to me, even though I am a long and active user/review writer on Goodreads, and I was happy to learn skills of using the site successfully for an author. How to put a Group Widget on an Author Website is a happy fi ...more
J.J. Clarke
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve recommended this book several times, but it is hard to follow and understand.
But, Goodreads is hard to understand. I hope I will get better at it.
Mitchell J. Kanaan
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Extremely helpful. Concise and well organized. Ms. Drozdowich takes a tangled web of marketing tools that are available on Goodreads and turns them into a comprehensible and manageable toolbox. A valuable read for all authors.
Melissa Crytzer Fry
I found a number of useful tips in this small guide: insight on the nuts-and-bolts of hosting author giveaways, the importance of sharing author events, hosting trivia and quizzes, etc. While I wish there had been a bit more information about tags and keywords (where/how to insert them, their importance), I found the instructions, overall, easy to understand. This guide offered a quick read on the key functions of Goodreads and its value to authors. I've been a reader on the Goodreads social med ...more
Cynthia Harrison
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writer-help
I read this excellent Goodreads guide a while ago as I am a huge fan of Barb Drozdowich. I used the easy to understand online tutorials included with the book to help get my author page up to speed, but one thing I didn't do yet is a giveaway. Barb stresses how much a giveaway can do for an author on Goodreads. That's the final piece I want to use, but it took me a while to figure out what book to promote on the giveaway. My last book as it turns out is a Christmas mystery and I have meandered j ...more
Randy Thurman
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am writing out my marketing plan for my next book and have purchased about a dozen different Goodreads Marketing books (or books that had chapters on Goodreads). I initially rated this a four but after sitting down and starting my plan, I continued to come back to this book for my information. Simply outstanding. I also liked Goodreads for Authors by Lisa Shea, Naked Goodreads by Gisela Hausmann and Goodreads for Authors by Michelle Cambell Scott. Ultimate Goodreads did not impress at first du ...more
Christy Bower
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author really knows the intricacies of Goodreads. I've used Goodreads for a few years and hadn't figured out the "social" aspects of it. I shelved books, ran a few giveaways, and that was it. Now I see some of the things I had been missing. Goodreads can be difficult to navigate and sometimes I feel like I'm going in circles there. To some degree I felt like the book content did the same thing, circling back to topics previously covered. Perhaps that's an inevitable result of explaining the ...more
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Drozdowich/Hightower duo write another superb short and easy to use guide. This well-organized book with step-by-step instructions and graphics will help many writers exploit all the author advantages built into the famous GoodReads social networking site.

I'm not an author...I'm a reader in love with the whole craft of writing. I'm impressed with this team's books and will buy any others they write!
K. Carters
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this on a giveaway and it's been quite useful. It does start out very basic and so the first few chapters were largely pointless...if you can enter a giveaway, you can certainly master the very basics! I have changed how I approach the site on the back of some of the information, so thank you for your help!
Tom Blubaugh
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent overview of Goodreads for Authors. A big bonus for ordering the book is the availability of a series of audios explaining several of the Goodreads benefits and how to use them. Some of the information in the audio files is a little dated in that links have been moved by Goodreads and somewhat minor things such as this.
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so incredibly helpful in explaining all that Goodreads has to offer and how to navigate the various options. I'm eager to go through and reorganize my shelves, join some discussions and try out some other suggestions offered in this guide!
M.T. Bostick
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is in serious need of updating. I finished reading it halfway through when most functions mentioned were no longer valid. Not useful at all from an author's point of view.
Ian David Wall
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good guide to Goodreads. Highly recommended.
Diane Budden
Excellent information on how to enhance your Goodreads relationship as an author. This is such a good Indie marketing source that it's imporant to know how to leverage the opportunities.
Nick Crutchley
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: author
This books is a tour guide to Goodreads' functionality. It never really explained how to 'Network to Millions of Readers'. The core principal of 'Goodreads is for readers, be a reader first and foremost', is sound advice. Yet, I still don't know how to effectively network with millions of readers. How to approach group leaders about having your book discussed? How to network to gain reviews? How to interact in groups without sounding spammy? OK, to you, this might sound simple. To me, and others ...more
Debra Castaneda
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tackling Goodreads as a new indie author seemed overwhelming. Okay. Paralyzing. An Author's Guide to Goodreads: How to Network with Millions of Readers helped break it down so that I was able to get a handle on what I needed to do.

Just a tip to make it an easier journey. I did as the author recommended and followed along on the Goodreads site as she explained things. Turns out this was a brilliant suggestion.

I know I'll need to go back and spend some more time on specific features and experien
Merren Tait
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Not really what I was hoping for. It gives a thorough orientation of Goodreads, but doesn't offer any sure fire ways to ensure exposure as a writer and gather reviews and readership.
Having said that, it seems Goodreads is making this more and more difficult anyway, particularly now it has been taken over by Amazon.
I'd stick to AMS and Facebook ads as the most effective ways to grow readership. Have a presence on Goodreads, by all means, but don't think it offers any magic bullet to increasing yo
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: publishing
Even if you are already a member, Drozdiwich's book is full of solid advice about how authors can navigate Goodreads. Above all, she advises authors to become a part of the community and offers guidance on ways to do just that.
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