Authors, Goodreads is not a Marketing Tool

Even though the title of this blog post should be sufficient enough, I know some of you authors are simple-minded, so I will explain, in plain English, why Goodreads is not a place for your marketing schemes.

First and foremost, Goodreads is a place for readers to share books and interact with other readers. Friend requests are meant to connect like-minded individuals. They are not a way for you to build a fanbase. Attempting as much makes you a douchenozzle. Discussion threads are meant for readers to interact, to discuss books and so forth. Basically, people talk about what they want to. It is not a place for you to post requests for reviews. This is known as being an entitled asshole because you obviously feel that other people’s spaces are your own, places where you can spread your graffiti. And yes, some graffiti is beautiful, but no matter how lovely your art is, if it’s unwanted or uninvited, it can be a very ugly thing.

Goodreads can be a place for authors to connect with their fans, but there are places for that. Places like Ask the Author, or groups dedicated to a specific author. You can host a giveaway on Goodreads, upload free samples, and even sell your work. Giveaways are a great way to build a following, but only through the proper methods. If you’re a writer, you should also be a reader. If you’re not, you’re going about this the wrong way. If you are an avid reader, try using the site as it’s meant to be used. Goodreads can be a lot of fun, and it’s a terrific place to meet people and make friends. Friends, not fans. Keep that in mind and you’ll do fine.

Finally, a personal message. Do not send me a friend request if you’re a Goodreads Marketing Guru or other such nonsense. To me, you’re no better than the drug dealer in the park.

E.

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