Building Your Author Platform On Goodreads

The Chosen One of Allivar, By EW.Greenlee

The Chosen One of Allivar, By EW.Greenlee

I recently got an intriguing tweet from author EW Greenlee. He said that he was building followers faster on Goodreads than on Facebook. Always looking to learn more about building my platform, I asked him if he would write a guest post about his experience. Happily, he agreed. EW writes fantasy, science fiction, and supernatural stories. His first published work is the epic fantasy trilogy The Chosen One of Allivar, soon to be followed by a fifteen-book series titled Chronicles, which expands upon the mythical universe and history surrounding his trilogy. Inspired by the Lord of the Rings, Dante’s Inferno, and Paradise Lost, EW’s books will keep readers entertained and revisiting his stories often. As one reviewer wrote, “Leaves you craving more.” Join me now in welcoming this imaginative writer!

 

EW Greenlee:

 

As a new and independent author, I realized prior to the release of my mythological trilogy, “The Chosen One of Allivar” that digital technology and social media marketing was going to be the most effective and cost efficient means of disseminating information on my stories. Goodreads provides readers not only information on my stories, but also the ability to post reviews and learn much more about me and my future stories. Independent authors already know about Facebook and Twitter. But these are generic social media tools. Goodreads is specifically designed for the world of readers, authors, and books. So it is a must for any author.

 

In addition to Goodreads, an author should have a website, not just for additional information or links on where to buy the books, but also as an enhancement tool for their stories. Here I can provide much more into the thought process of creating my mythology, provide audio on character pronunciations, book trailers, maps, sketches, on and on.

 

I have read that readers want to connect and converse with their favorite authors. Goodreads provides a link directly to your blog. My blog, called “Daily Thoughts” has a daily post on topics of random selection. I post my daily post to Facebook and Twitter using hashtags that draw potential readers based on topics of interest. So far, #Humor has been very successful for me. Many of my posts appear on social newspapers created under Paper.li. My posts are generating approximately 1,400 views per month. Those views and sharing by others costs me nothing. Plus, I just love to write. Blogger and Goodreads are FREE online services.

 

Technology has affected my career as a CPA / Financial Planner. So too has it altered the publishing industry. As a one-time national technology consultant, I embrace the technologies being utilized in the publishing industry. Knowledge of these technologies has allowed me and others to go independent of traditional publishing. Utilizing software such as Adobe Creative Suite – Master Edition, I have been able to maintain my website, format into Kindle and epub3 standards, and create book covers with Photoshop and book trailers with After Effects. Each day I learn something new that enhances my independence. I’d love to hear from others who may be thinking of writing. It took me ten years for my trilogy, but I never give up.

 

AR: Thanks for sharing, EW! People can find links to your website, Goodreads page, and books below.

 

Website

 

Goodreads

 

Amazon Kindle

 

Barnes and Noble Nook

 

iTunes

 

 

7 Comments

  • Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    This is a great overview of a Social Media platform, Goodreads, that many authors are not fully utilizing, thanks E.W. for sharing! Any other tips on how to create a following on Goodreads?

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    So true, Carrie! I must admit, I haven’t set up my author page there yet. EW has inspired me to get cracking with it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Great article – would you be interested in re-posting as a guest article on my blog, Get Your Book Noticed?

    Anna Weber | Literary Strategist

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Carrie,

    I am still learning much about Goodreads. You can create “events” to draw your fans to your stories. I noticed a fellow author advertise her story for a free Kindle download.

    Join groups and participate in the discussions.

    Add their widgets to your website and blog. These widgets will not only show your books, but the number of reviews, fans and average rating. Here is a link to my site which demonstrates the appearance of the widget.

    http://allivarcreative.com/SocialMedia.html

    Eventually on this page I will document my use and what I have learned. So, feel free to add any comments that will assist others in your goal to get active.

    Finally, use the Help feature and know their are support groups within Goodreads consisting of fellow authors who act as librarians to assist you.

    Good luck and make 2012 your most successful year ever.

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Excellent ideas, EW! Thanks for inviting others to post what they’ve learned. We can all lift each other up!

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s fine with me. EW, it’s up to you, since it’s your post!

  • Posted April 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Anna,

    I would be thrilled to have this re-posted any where. Thank you for the consideration. I hope to learn as much as I can share about my independent publishing journey.

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