Goodreads is one of the best places an author can go to market their book. As an author, one of the greatest exposures I’ve gotten for my book, The Lerewood, was from a giveaway on the website Goodreads.
For readers who don’t know about Goodreads, it’s a great site where you can connect with friends, create ‘shelves’ where you post about which books you’ve read and which you want to read or are currently reading. You can post reviews of books and join groups like online book clubs. My cousin and I are both lovers of Goodreads. When it’s my birthday or during the holidays, my cousin always goes to Goodreads, looks at my shelf of books I want ‘to read’, and surprises me with a couple books from that shelf. She also gets super excited when she sees we want to read the same books.
The best part about Goodreads is that it’s the social media site for readers. Translation: all of your consumers, your audience, your potential buyers, in one spot. Granted, not everyone in the world who likes to read has a Goodreads account, but chances are they do if they’re an avid reader, and it’s the best place for an author to reach out and connect with readers.
The first giveaway I ever did was on Facebook. The day my book was published with Kellan Publishing, I created a group on Facebook to celebrate my launch. I invited all of my friends and the group was public. I invited 272 people and 40 people joined, most of those people friends and a couple others who found the group publicly. I gave away a signed copy of The Lerewood, bags of candy, custom tote bags, key chains, a stuffed animal, and ebooks (all of the extras somehow relatable to the story). But, despite all the money I spent on these items for the giveaway, only 40 people—most of them friends—partook in the giveaway.
Sometime after that, I set up an author page on Goodreads and posted a public giveaway for The Lerewood, or one signed copy. 544 people requested to win the single copy…again that’s 544 total strangers who saw my book on Goodreads and were interested in winning the free copy. Now that’s some serious exposure! The winner of the giveaway also publicly posted a nice review on The Lerewood page on Goodreads. More reviews equal a happy author.
You can follow me on my Goodreads and Facebook page, Twitter, my website, and Instagram, as I’ll be posting giveaways on there every once in a while! (See the links on the bottom of my home page)
Uallas and Ilere had everywhere to hide, and yet they had nowhere to hide. The two of them, one worthless and the other queen of the forest, stood against an army of humans, fueled by a raging fire that threatened to burn down their home. With Fendley leading the crowd, the townspeople advanced through the deep woods and spotted Ilere's tree.
She and Uallas stood in front of it, as if they needed something to keep them safe.
"It is your time to die, fiend! My ancestor chose to leave you alone, to let you suffer, but he made the mistake that ruined this town. We are the ones who have suffered on your behalf."
Ilere defended herself with the forest. The trees swung their branches and swatted men and women. The children were too small for the branches to reach them. They crouched down and took cover while their mothers and fathers were whipped. Vines lifted from trees and grabbed arms and legs. The fury of Ilere emanated off the vines like violent puppets; they tore limbs, and within seconds, a good portion of the army was already dead.
~Excerpt from Chapter 10
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