Goodreads: An introductory guide of authors

Into Another World

If you want to sell books, go where readers congregate. And that place is Goodreads. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Eighteen million readers and authors have registered with the site since it began in 2007. An estimated 570 million books with 24 million reviews are on the site. With numbers like those, no author should be neglecting to connect and be on Goodreads.


The people on Goodreads tend to be serious readers. These are not the people interested in collecting free ebook downloads. These are readers, book buyers, reviewers and bloggers. These are readers who want to buy, talk about and review your book.

Signing Up

If you aren’t already a member, your first order of business is to sign up for a free account. It is as simple as entering your name and email address and creating a password. Once you are…

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    1. I know. It seems as though it’s never ending…

  1. I’ve had my toe in the Goodreads water for a while, but not too clear on how to use it as a writer’s resource.

    1. If you joined as a reader, the first thing you probably should do is update your status to “author.” Then, go from there.

      1. Aha. Just checked my Goodreads profile and didn’t see a status choice re. reader or author. Should I look elsewhere for it? ~Thanks!

      2. Hi Mitch, I just joined Goodreads (last night) and I’m stull fumbling around with it, but d I hope this helps:

        How do I join the Author Program?

        1. If you are already a Goodreads member, make sure you are signed in. If not, sign up for an account.

        2. Search for yourself and click on your published author name. The author name is listed below the title of your book in the search results. If you do not find your book in our database of published works, please see our section on who can join.

        3. Clicking on your name takes you to your basic author profile page. This page has your name at the top and “author profile” to the right of your name. This page is part of our database of books and authors and is separate from your member profile page (which lists your bookshelves and friends).

        4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click “Is this you? Let us know.” to send a request to join the Author Program.

        Please give us a few business days to process your request. You will receive email confirmation when we successfully upgrade your user account to an author account. Joining the program merges your author page with your member page. The email will also contain further instructions for managing your author profile.

        Who is eligible to join the Author Program?

        The Author Program is designed for people with published books, or who are in the process of publishing a book. It’s best if your work is on a bookseller’s website, such as or, but we will accept any author who has published a book. This includes authors from other countries as well as authors who are self-published (such as through Barnes & Noble pubit! or services like Lulu).

        If your book is not yet in the Goodreads database, you may manually add it here. If you need assistance adding your book, please ask in the Goodreads Librarians group, where our army of volunteer librarians will be happy to help.

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