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firstater ferna...

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Posted: May 6, 2017 3:05 PM
 
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Sincerely this is a question.
I have signed up in Goodreads.
May you,the experienced regulars in these matters, tell me what can I expect from it.
Do you recommend me to seek there for reviews?
Do you know the reach Goodreads have in the Spanish readers?
Once,here in the Forum,I have been told to address to Babelcube and I did following your suggestion but it was inconclusive.
Why good ideas are spoiled by human obscure emotions?
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 6, 2017 3:17 PM   in response to: firstater ferna... in response to: firstater ferna...
 
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I think it is probably wise for an author to have a presence on Goodreads, just for the politics of it.

I have not yet found Goodreads to have anything to do with my sales. Or, being generous, very little to do with my sales.
acornwriter

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 7, 2017 12:15 AM   in response to: firstater ferna... in response to: firstater ferna...
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Goodreads is very multi-cultural, so yes I would think you would find many ethnic books. It is a good place to showcase. I offer giveaways once a month, and give away a couple of books each time. Sometimes every two weeks. It is a good way to get honest feedback. My blog feeds to my "followers" and it gets read a little.

I gauge the popularity of my books by how many people sign up for the giveaway. Some are more attractive to readers. It's good to know which books have more appeal. And I regularly get ratings and reviews. Some people "love" them, some people "like" them and occasionally, someone doesn't like one of my books. That is to be expected.
firstater ferna...

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 7, 2017 9:10 AM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
 
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OK, Goodreads works.Thankyou for sharing your experience.
You don't mention trolls roaming on Goodreads and I understand the place is safe.

The ultimate questions is why do we people invest such amount of time,interest,attention,effort and thoughts for our books. Wasn't better to get past? We did and is done,why to insist?
Anyway thankyou both of you.
acornwriter

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 7, 2017 12:10 PM   in response to: firstater ferna... in response to: firstater ferna...
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If you're lucky, you will avoid "trolls." But if you have ideas that conflict with others, they will let you know with one star reviews. Or if you have spelling or formatting errors, readers care about that. Give them your best work. But don't be afraid to express your thoughts, for fear of insults.

Why do we dredge up our past in our stories? I don't know. Exhibitionists maybe, lol?
writerbn

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Posted: May 7, 2017 4:33 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
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acornwriter wrote:
But if you have ideas that conflict with others, they will let you know with one star reviews.

Actually, I've found that the easiest way to attract drive-by one-star ratings on Goodreads is with free books (especially from Indian readers).
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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 19, 2017 8:59 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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Oh my God,no one here did mention how hard it is to understand the functioning of Goodreads.Is not it is frustrating,it is time consuming after a delusion.
Anyway thanks to you all threaders
Gary O'Riley

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 19, 2017 11:28 AM   in response to: firstater ferna... in response to: firstater ferna...
 
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firstater fernando wrote:
Oh my God,no one here did mention how hard it is to understand the functioning of Goodreads.Is not it is frustrating,it is time consuming after a delusion.
Anyway thanks to you all threaders

Uses the forum search function. There are many threads covering Goodreads shortcomings. Here is one I made earlier:

https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=1110782&#1110782
Dave Casey

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Re: Goodreads
Posted: May 19, 2017 11:59 AM   in response to: firstater ferna... in response to: firstater ferna...
 
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firstater fernando wrote:
Oh my God,no one here did mention how hard it is to understand the functioning of Goodreads.Is not it is frustrating,it is time consuming after a delusion.
Anyway thanks to you all threaders

It's not that hard to understand. Just takes a little time. I actually bought a Udemy course on the use of Goodreads and learned quite a bit.
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