4 Tips To Increase Goodreads Book Promotion

bwbooks2Goodreads: everyone’s favourite social book tracking site. What more can you want as an author than to be where the bibliophiles are?

There are many ways to use Goodreads, but from the perspective of an author trying to get the word out you’re in a great place to find your market.

HOW TO USE GOODREADS FOR BOOK PROMOTION:

1. Giveaways

Goodreads giveaways are a great way to get early reviews of your book. This sets the tone early. Word of mouth can spread quickly. Organize this with your marketing department and make sure galleys are allotted to this.

2. Paid Advertising

Many writers struggle with the idea of using their own money to promote their book. This is a great way to choose and pay for a package to do your own marketing with your publisher’s assistance supplying graphic designed images–or if you are self-published, on your own.

3. Blog Cross Promotion

You can link your blog through your Goodreads author page so it auto-updates whenever you write a new post. It’s an easy way to make sure your Goodreads author page is another landing page for readers.

4. And most importantly: Adding to “To Read” List

This means emails go out on pub day reminding them to buy! What more can you ask for then that gentle reminder? Everyone that added you to their ‘to reads’ list will be notified.

Q: How do you make Goodreads work for you?

More resources:

Free ebook on Goodreads promotion

8 Ways Authors Can Use Goodreads

The Ultimate Goodreads Guide

What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

hemingway quoteWe all know that “write every day” isn’t everyone’s rule. For all the writing advice available there is a counter argument. Many writers have said there are no rules to writing. Elmore Leonard tries “to leave out the part readers skip.” And if you have writers block Hemingway says “you have always written before and you will write now.” And if you’re feeling like a novice Margaret Atwood says “writing, like everything else, improves with practice.”

So how do you know what writing advice to take?

Anne Lamott is one of my favorites on the subject:

“Good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.”

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Q: What’s the best writing advice you’ve read or received? Write every day? Finish what you start? Write first revise later? Share yours in the comments below…

Editorial Internships (Remote) at P.S. Literary – Accepting Applications until Aug 22nd

P.S. Literary Agency (PSLA) is accepting applications for two fall internships. There are two remote Editorial Intern positions. Applicants should want to gain experience at an agency, have a flexible schedule, be able to devote 10 hours a week, and be comfortable working from home remotely.

PSLA is looking for applicants that have a passion for books, sharp eye for detail, a desire to learn how the industry and how agenting works, and basic critical reading, researching and organizational skills.

The internships are unpaid because it is remote and limited hours per week, but PSLA will happily provide career guidance, publishing industry advice, and a glowing letter of reference upon request.

Editorial Intern (Remote)

Duties:

  • Reading partial and full manuscripts, non fiction proposals
  • Write readers reports, engage in discussion on manuscripts, understand the market, evaluate material
  • Assist agents in getting projects ready for submission including market research and light line editing

Interested candidates can contact info@psliterary.com with their cover letter and resume with the subject heading: Intern Application. Please answer the following questions in the body of the email:

  • Why do you want to work at a literary agency?
  • Who are your five favourite authors?
  • What is your weekly schedule like/what is your availability?

We look forward to your application!

The application process closes August 22nd

4 Ways To Edit Your Book Back on Track

530973.stock.xchngWhen you go back to edit, do you ever find your book has lost its way? Not sure what it is anymore? Too close to it to see it clearly?

This happens with many manuscripts I see. Writers query these novels still unsure of what it is and how they got there.

Here are my tips for the editing process.

How to get your book back on track:

1. Focus on the big picture

It’s so easy to get scrambled about the little details, but remember, the plot has to work as a whole first. Editing a full-length novel is no small feat. So develop a plan that keeps you editing in stages: big picture, small picture, then line editing. I recommend not to start with the small things, always start with the big picture and work your way down to line level.

2. Remember why you connected with the premise

Premise is everything. It has to be believable and make us feel things–just from hearing it or reading it on the back cover copy. Go back to the beginning and remember when this idea was shiny and new. And why this idea is the one you ran with. Go back to those feelings and rediscover the emotions that the premise revealed.

3. Think about your characters outside the framework of the novel

Instead of imagining your characters inside a box, that is the pages, think about your characters living life outside that box. i.e. What was their childhood really like? Click here for more questions to ask your characters.

4. Share it with another writer or reader

Beta readers or critique partners can be a big help. Yes, you are the one that knows your story best, but getting a second opinion is getting fresh eyes–and a much coveted reader’s opinion.

Q: What do you do when your manuscript has lost its way?