How Goodreads Can Help Writers Grow Their Readership

Goodreads

Today’s post is by social media expert Frances Caballo:

Goodreads has become the most important networking site on the Internet.

—Forbes

Goodreads has a storied beginning. This is how founder and CEO Otis Chandler describes his epiphany to start what has become a powerful online reader resource and social media network:

One afternoon while I was scanning a friend’s bookshelf for ideas, it struck me: when I want to know what books to read, I’d rather turn to a friend than any random person or bestseller list. Continue Reading…

Tips for Strategizing Your Writing Career

Stepping-Stones

For Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive. Today’s post is from The “Strategy” in Strategic Planning for Writers:

Once you have a vision for your writing career, it’s not all that hard to create a strategy to reach it.

But you want to be realistic when it comes to meeting your goals.

Let’s say you wrote down that by the end of the year you want to have self-published three novels as ebooks. Now, the benchmarks you need in order to reach that goal have to be practical. If you haven’t even started writing any of those three books, do you really believe you can have three done, edited, polished, formatted with cover design, and uploaded all in those twelve months? Continue Reading…

Wrapping Up Our Look at Best Seller First Pages

open book

Sadly, I’m bringing this look at first pages to an end—at least for now. It’s been an intriguing journey looking into these twenty-six first pages of best sellers. Along with many readers of this blog, I was also surprised to see quite a few of the traditional “rules” of good scene structure broken—especially by highly successful authors.

Here are some of the observations I made, shared by numerous commenters. And I’ll reiterate a few salient points that I feel bear repeating about strong openings.

What’s a Super Author Required to Do?

First off—just because a super-author like Stephen King or John Grisham can get away with writing a boring first page featuring a blah character, that doesn’t mean other authors should copy them.

Whether such authors don’t bother or care to work harder to craft a great opening, or they’re way too busy signing books for adoring fans around the world, or they’re under too much deadline pressure, there’s no way to really know. Continue Reading…

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