Most authors have heard of Goodreads. It’s a site dedicated to readers and the books they love. A lot of authors participate there in an effort to find readers and to interact with them in a social setting. It’s where the readers are so it makes sense that it’s where authors should be too.
Most people don’t know that Amazon now owns Goodreads. The Big River continues to operate it as a separate site with little to no Amazon imprint to be found. It even has buy links for each book to whatever site(s) the book is actually listed on. What many people don’t realize is that long before Amazon bought Goodreads they had their own site dedicated to readers, Shelfari.
Shelfari is alive and well. Readers, especially ones who buy a lot from Amazon, flock there. Authors are welcome too and if you link from Author Central, Amazon gives you author an Author banner on your profile picture. Strikingly, few authors join Shelfari and that’s a mistake.
The Shelfari site has a very unique feature. It allows anyone to edit data for a book under ‘Book Extras’. You can provide a description, a character list, talk about the themes and the setting, etc. There are 20 some areas that you can add additional information about your book. If you as an author don’t do it, a reader who participates on the site is going to come along and do it for you, at some point. Why wouldn’t you want to be the one to address these topics for your books?
I have two books out now, Relic and Busy Bees. The live links in that last sentence will take you to the ‘Book Extras’ for each book on Shelfari. Pretty slick setup, eh? Get on over there and, at a minimum claim your books like I did and fill in (or correct) the extras. Mine, being so new hadn’t been updated by a reader yet but I ran across another book I own that had a character description and ‘Ridiculously Simplified Synopsis’ full of misspellings and errors. I corrected those…Author, you’re welcome.
Get out there and claim your own stuff!