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The Hidden Gems Author Podcast

Episode 62 – Using Goodreads to Connect with Readers and Increase Book Sales

Hosted by: Craig Tuch and Roland Hulme with special guests Alessandra Torre

In today’s episode, we’re excited to have returning guest, Inkers Con co-founder, and New York Times bestselling author Alessandra Torre share her expertise on Goodreads – the often-overlooked social media platform built specifically for books. While most authors may not see Goodreads as a key player like Twitter or Facebook, it’s actually the best place for authors to connect with readers. With no other distractions or reasons to spend time there, Goodreads provides a unique space for authors to connect with their audience. 

As Alessandra explains, the Goodreads platform can connect authors to both existing fans and new readers by allowing people to follow you, get notifications about activity related to your books, and even get emails announcing your new releases. All of this is free, although Alessandra also goes over some of the paid options and their worth, such as hosting giveaways. 

But regardless of how you decide to use it, the Goodreads algorithm doesn’t limit your reach based on how much you spend, which is yet another advantage it has over the other social sites. The best part is, all of this can be achieved through less than an hour a month spent on the site, which means there really is no excuse for continuing to overlook this valuable social media platform. If you do, you’re missing out on a powerful tool that could help you reach and stay connected to a wider audience of fans. 

Alessandra Torre

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