Lola’s Advice is a monthly feature on my blog Lola’s Reviews, which will be posted on the first monday of the month. Lola’s Advice posts are usually how-to or tips type of posts. They are mainly aimed at authors, but I also try and show the blogger/ reader side of the topic I address. I share my knowledge or personal opinion on mostly book, authors, marketing and promotion related topics. I hope it’s helpful for authors and bloggers alike. Also even though it’s advice please understand that even if you follow all my advice it still won’t guarantee your book will be a success, but it hopefully will be helpful. I also believe that not everything works for each author, every author and book is different and different strategies work for different people. So please use whatever you want to or fits with your style. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Designs.
This post is a bit different than normal. As this post is focused on offering help with goodreads and giving a few tips concerning goodreads. I don’t talk about this often, although I mention it shortly on my Lola’s Blog Tours site, I am a goodreads librarian. I find it very important that things on goodreads are done well so a few years ago I applied as a goodreads librarian and got approved. In this post I’ll explain about what it means to be a goodreads librarian, I tell you about the goodreads librarians group and why it’s important to make sure your book information is displayed correctly on Goodreads.
As an author I think it’s important to have your book up on Goodreads and make sure the information displayed is correct. As an author you can use goodreads as social media site, interact with others, join groups or read/ review books you there yourself, but I think making sure your books are on there are the only thing you have to do as an author with Goodreads. The rest is optional and that’s up to the individual author to decide how active they want to be on Goodreads and how they want to use it. Okay now that I mentioned that let me tell you a bit about goodreads librarian, the goodreads librarian group and when you can put your book up on goodreads.
What it means to be a goodreads librarian
Goodreads described it pretty neatly on this page What is a Goodreads librarian. Goodreads users that have at least 50 books on their profile can apply to become a goodreads librarian. Goodreads librarian are volunteers who help improve the book data on goodreads. I am a goodreads librarian, which means I can edit all book information from title, series to cover etc. And I can combine different editions of the same book. I applied to become a goodreads librarian a few years ago, as I spend a lot of time on Goodreads and find it important all the book information is correct and I am happy to help when I spot a mistake or something that can be added.
Often when I am adding books to my to-read list on Goodreads I keep an eye out for things that aren’t like they supposed to, usually these are small things and I only change things if I know the author or know 100% that what I am adding/ changing is right. The thing I most often do as goodreads librarian is create a series page or add a new book to an already existing series page. Most authors do add the name of the series to the title, but forget to add it to the series page. Sometimes I combine different editions or add a book or cover to goodreads if an author ask me to. Also I know authors can’t change everything themselves, so it can be handy to know a goodreads librarian that can help you.
The Goodreads Librarians Group
Another important resource to know of is the Goodreads Librarians Group. It’s a group where you can post for help if you want someone to fix or change something on Goodreads for one of your books. There’s also some information about how to use the group and where to post your question. If you don’t know a goodreads librarian to ask directly, you can simply post your question or request in this group. Even as a goodreads librarian myself I sometimes post questions in this group when I am unsure about something or when I encounter an issue that a normal goodreads librarian can’t do. For example combining different author profiles, that’s something only a super librarian can do.
Why I think having your book information correctly on Goodreads is important
Lots of bloggers and readers make use of goodreads and I think it’s important to have your book information and book data correctly on goodreads to prevent misinformation. For many people goodreads is one of or their main source of information about books and they go to goodreads to find out more about book. Things like if a book is part of a series, where it was published etc, are all things you can easily find on Goodreads. I would advice to fill in as many details about your book as possible. You can add a book to goodreads as soon as you know you will publish the book, although I would recommend to add your book to goodreads when you have the title at least and maybe the blurb as well. You can leave things open if you don’t have that information yet, but make sure to add it once you do have that. Also I think adding a series name to your book title if the book will be part of a series is important, so readers know whether the book will be part of a series or not. All in all I think by making sure your information is as complete and correct as possible is a big help to all the readers out there who use the site and it prevents misinformation. So make sure your book is listed correctly on Goodreads.
When to add your book to Goodreads
How soon can you add your book to Goodreads? The short answer is as soon as you want. In theory the only thing you need is the author name, you can list untitled as the title and leave everything else blank. You don’t need a title, blurb, release date or anything else to list your book on Goodreads the title area is the only obligatory spot and the author name. However I think waiting till you have a title is usually nice, but I’ve seen some big authors just add their books as untitled, so know that is a possibility. I would advice to make use of this and add your book as soon as possible, once your book is on Goodreads readers can find it and add it to their to-read lists.
Using Goodreads as a Read/ Blogger
As a reader and blogger I personally love goodreads. I mostly use the shelf function and post all my reviews there. I also keep track of what I am currently reading and once I finished a book I mark it there and write my review. I find goodreads very handy to keep track of which books I own and which books are for review, which format I own them in etc, which I all do through the shelf feature. When I am considering whether to read a book or not I often read some reviews for the books on Goodreads. I like how on Goodreads you can see the reviews of your friends first, I usually check those out first and then move over to the normal goodreads reviews section. I used to be pretty active in groups as well, but lately I don’t make a lot of time for that anymore, but it is a fun place to talk about books.