Welcome to task 18 of the Basics of Author Online Presence Challenge. As always, you can check out previous posts here.
Today’s task is fairly simple: go to Goodreads and sign up.
Why? It’s an important part of your author online presence. Just like you shouldn’t trust a cook who doesn’t eat, you shouldn’t trust a writer who doesn’t read.
Like Stephen King said in On Writing: “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
I wrote an article on Ronel the Mythmaker on why you should add Goodreads to your author platform. It has loads of research supporting this decision, tips on how to write a good review and even a plan of attack on using Goodreads.
My call to action (the thing you’ve practiced on day 15) at the end of that post caused most of my blogging friends to “friend” me on Goodreads. Now that’s a call to action that really worked 😉
Tips to optimise your online presence, no matter the social media network you join:
- Complete your profile (author photo, link to blog and the sentence from Day 2 about who you are).
- Be public (it might be difficult for some to share everything with everyone, but to find success, people have to be able to find you. Success won’t find you where you hide in the shadows).
- Be consistent (don’t disappear for weeks at a time: using your profile on a consistent basis signals to others that you’re alive, well and not a robot. It’s also good for your brand to have a regular posting schedule.).
- Focus on your goals (don’t get side-tracked by all the fun games and whatever online – even the ones that align with your online presence: with all the Twitter hashtag games aimed at writers, it’s a wonder any writing gets done. Pick one or two and focus on your writing goals – you defined them on day 3 of this challenge.).
- Say “yes” (meaning: be open to possibilities. You never know when you’ll find unexpected greatness by trying something new).
Did you read the post about Goodreads on Ronel the Mythmaker? Did you try out the plan of attack? Did you sign up for Goodreads? Great stuff. You can share your Goodreads profile URL in the comments.
Author: Ronel Janse van Vuuren
Ronel writes dark fantasy filled with mythology and folklore, some of which can be read on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. When not leading her Rottweiler pack or arguing with her characters, she’s writing award-winning fiction.