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 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.






Amazon Kindle


Barnes and Noble Nook





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