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Hey guys, just wanted to throw out a general question to writers with books listed on Goodreads.  I have about 500 or so people on Goodreads that have marked my novel Tough Girl as to-be-read.  I am thrilled that 500 people want to read it enough to shelve it on Goodreads.  However, the book has launched and not many have changed their status to "currently reading".  Not sure if there any tips or tricks, short of spamming (I will not spam) to encourage interested parties to purchase and/or read the book?

This may be a silly question.  I have over 100 books on my TBR and I will read them, but when I can.  I'm kind of assuming other readers are the same way.
 

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If you're a Goodreads author, you can blog there. If you have enough followers for it to matter, blogging might get some people to actually buy the book and read it. Just don't make it all about promotion. You might consider posting excerpts in the blog every now and then. Approaching people about it? Don't do it. It's a readers' site, not an author's site, so be discreet.
 

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I haven't been able to figure that out, either.

Personally, the idea of having hundreds, sometimes thousands, of books in a "Too be Read" list is mind-boggling. When will they get to my book? Will they ever get to my book?

My best guess at a solution would be: turn on the charm.
 

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Thanks, this is good stuff.  I feel a bit foolish, I'm not even sure if I loaded a sample of my book at all.  Going to do that now.  Thanks!

Charm - will do.  :)  Actually, I'll go full throttle and turn on the smarm.  ;)
 

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I just had a light-bulb moment and added the Smashwords edition of my non-fiction book to Goodreads. I had to wait ten minutes for the new edition to index, and then I combined the two editions. Perhaps that will change some of those 'to be reads' to 'currently readings'.
 

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In case it is unclear how adding the Smashwords edition might help, Goodreads links to book vendors using the book's ISBN. The Amazon ISBN does not find other versions of the book. You have to add an edition for every ISBN your book uses, on every site, so that Goodreads users can find all your book's vendors when they search on your book's page. Hopefully they know to check all the editions.

This is one argument in favor of using Smashwords: one ISBN to rule all the eBook vendors on Goodreads.
 

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Hi LIbby,

Interesting question. I am also on Goodreads and I think the problem right now is that there are so many books available at the touch of a button. I am so back logged on books I want to read it's like being in a room full of candy and not knowing where to start. Plus the availability of all those free downloads make it even more difficult to get your book read.

The fact that so many good books are out there is wonderful, but it has it's problems for us authors.
I wish you luck and I will check out your book. It looks like something I would enjoy.
DAWN
 

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Thanks Dawn.  I feel you.  I'm drowning in options myself.  It's so easy to click the big, green "Want to Read" button.  It's like my Netflix queue.  It just keeps growing and growing.  At any given time I have over 200 movies on my queue and over 100 books on my TBR.  I have to keep my TBR a little lower or I feel overwhelmed.
 

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I have 2600 books to be read on Goodreads.  :p

Sometimes the reason I move something up is cumulative. Meaning, I put the book on TBR for a reason. So when I see someone talk about that book later, I look it up and realize its already on my TBR, it might have a higher chance to be moved up. Because I am thinking there was a reason I put in on the list in the first place. So ads and recommendations and things like that might not pay off right away, but something might get stuck in the brain from having seen it before, or noticing the title sounds familiar.

But I would think considering there are how many books out there? Just making it on someones TBR list would be quite an accomplishment.
 

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Libby13 said:
Thanks Dawn. I feel you. I'm drowning in options myself. It's so easy to click the big, green "Want to Read" button. It's like my Netflix queue. It just keeps growing and growing. At any given time I have over 200 movies on my queue and over 100 books on my TBR. I have to keep my TBR a little lower or I feel overwhelmed.
I ended up with 8 years worth of movies in my Netflix queue. I calculated it based on my watch rate.
 

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I actually reached the max allowed on the Netflix watchlist some years ago.  :D. I don't know if they still have a max, but the page loaded really really slow and I got a popup I think saying I needed to take some stuff off first.  :p Can't remember the number now, 500? Something like that.
Its not slow like that anymore, so maybe they fixed that.

But yeah, there are so many choices out there for everything. Not just books. Just going to the grocery store now is an exercise in brain hurt.
We have so many more channels now on the TV, yet we say more times that we have nothing to watch. I always found something when we only had 3 channels.  ;D
 

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Atunah said:
I actually reached the max allowed on the Netflix watchlist some years ago. :D. I don't know if they still have a max, but the page loaded really really slow and I got a popup I think saying I needed to take some stuff off first. :p Can't remember the number now, 500? Something like that.
Its not slow like that anymore, so maybe they fixed that.

But yeah, there are so many choices out there for everything. Not just books. Just going to the grocery store now is an exercise in brain hurt.
We have so many more channels now on the TV, yet we say more times that we have nothing to watch. I always found something when we only had 3 channels. ;D
Well, you can make 4 profiles of 500 movies each at Netflix on one account! :D
 

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I too am one of those people with more "To Be Read" books than they'll probably ever have time to get to. The reason for this is because I generally click "To Be Read" on books that I could see myself wanting to read, because I've heard about them from friends or because they sound interesting, but it's actually more akin to a "maybe" list, IMO -- people add books that they think MIGHT be worth reading (at least I do), but it doesn't guarantee that they'll buy it (usually because there's no incentive to, they can't find it anywhere, or they don't know anyone else who is reading it).

So far, I've been lucky enough to avoid a whole bunch of To Be Reads on my novel, but it's only been out for two months so far. Linking Goodreads to my blog, as well as offering a sample ebook for download from the novel's Goodreads page seems to be helping somewhat.
 

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I've poked around my goodreads pages and I can't see where to upload an sample. Any tips? thanks!
On the book page click 'edit details' then on that page look on the right-hand side and you'll see 'upload an ebook' button. Not sure if you have to be a Librarian or just a Goodreads Author to edit your own book.
 

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On the book page click 'edit details' then on that page look on the right-hand side and you'll see 'upload an ebook' button. Not sure if you have to be a Librarian or just a Goodreads Author to edit your own book.
Thanks! So does adding an ebook mean you're offering it for sale there?
 

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I'm currently offering a 50% discount voucher on my book through Smashwords until 14 February and I've blogged about it on my Goodreads website http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5834608.Rita_Lee_Chapman
I thought it might encourage some of those who put it on their TBR list during a recent giveaway but so far I don't think too many people have read it!
 
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