The Authors Guide to Goodreads by Frances Caballo

With 40 million book readers on Goodreads, a writer would be remiss to discount Goodreads as a large part of smart book-marketing strategy. Caballo’s succinct handbook on how to navigate Goodreads not only makes this foray into this huge world of readers simple through the use of clear steps accompanied by screen shots, it includes vital sections that show the best ways to include Goodreads in an author’s marketing strategy. An excellent resource for both fiction and nonfiction writers! —C. S. Lakin, Author of The Writer’s Toolbox Series


The Author's Guide to Goodreads

Does Goodreads confuse you? Have you been using it for a while but just can’t get the hang of this social media network and readers haven?

Then check out The Author’s Guide to Goodreads. This how-to book will:

  • Show you how to get started the right way.
  • Explain what an author dashboard is and how to set it up.
  • Describe how nonfiction and fiction authors can benefit from this platform.
  • Explain all of Goodread’s tabs.
  • Explain features you might not have heard of before.
  • Teach you how to set up your book giveaways.
  • Help you determine how to add friends strategically.
  • Explain why it’s important to be an active reader, and not a marketer.
  • Share strategies for marketing your books.

So whether you’re just starting your journey with Goodreads, or you’ve been using it for some time, this is the book that explains everything about this readers’ haven of millions of users.

Early reviews by industry experts Helen Sedwick and Jason Matthews:

When it comes to social media, I love guides that go beyond telling me what I SHOULD do and instead tell me HOW to do it. Frances Caballo’s The Authors Guide to Goodreads is the most useful guide I’ve read on how to make Goodreads work for you as a reader and a writer. Caballo holds your hand through setting up your Author Dashboard and linking to your Amazon and social media accounts. She covers the steps for starting a Discussion Group, uploading images, and running a Goodreads Giveaway. Goodreads has more than 40 million members. Caballo shows you how to reach them. – Helen Sedwick, Author of Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing

Two Reviews from Amazon

Frances Caballo is a rock star. When someone is accessible on social media, advocates for authors, and gives away content that has value for authors, you’d better listen to everything she says. And though it’s for your own good, it doesn’t taste like bad medicine! Her articles, course content and e-books are chock full of great advice, written in an engaging manner. Highly recommended. – Mike Sahno

Informative and easy to follow. A great guide for authors who are looking to expand their marketing through Goodreads. – Clare

The Author's Guide to Goodreads

When it comes to social media, Goodreads isn’t among the first names that pop up, but it should be. If you’re an avid reader or writer, there may be no better social media site. Since self-published authors need as much internet presence as possible, Goodreads (owned by Amazon) is a must. Using it well is what this book is all about, and Frances Caballo delivers as usual.

“When the author told me about the guide she had just finished, I knew I had to read it. Frances already taught me to use Twitter better, plus I sensed my involvement at Goodreads was lacking. I knew I had underutilized Goodreads, but had I misused it? Unfortunately I had.

“Within a few pages I was at my author dashboard making changes thanks to Frances. Humbling too, because I’m supposed to be an expert on these things. My Goodreads strategy was limited to filling out an author profile, leaving reviews of some books I’ve read and listing those I’ve written. That was it, my involvement based on self-interest more than a love of reading and sharing. A bit shameful now that I think about it.

The guide makes everything simple. Plus it’s fun. Frances reminds us it’s about sharing great books and connecting with people who love discussing them. There are plenty of screenshots to help newbies follow along to make the most of the site and get more enjoyment from it.

If you’re a reader, a writer, or someone who wants to participate more in the Goodreads community, do yourself a favor and get this book.”Jason Matthews, Author of Self-Publish to a World of Readers