Sharing Others’ Experiences #3 ~ About GRs

I originally had this as a draft dated September 2013 on my Blogspot site.  I was reluctant to post it there because I’d found the link on my stats page that lead back to the “Goodreads’ Secret Group” or whatever the exact title was.  I’ve forgotten.  When I found it I knew all they did was aimed at me personally.  This secret group cover page was of an ugly man with a sinister laughing face stretching his arm toward the camera to emphasize his obscene gesture.

The connection did lead me to its managers, as I investigated further, one of which quickly disappeared.  But the link disappeared.  I’m sorry I couldn’t save it first.

This may be an “old” post, but not that old.  It’s still relevant to what I experienced in the past week.  I only think it has slowed for me because I’ve kept digging and watching.  I changed my Goodreads and Amazon page write-ups, being told I was brave.  I’ve reported to GR on numerous items.  The mess up with my covers and titles is straightened out. One no-star review had a lot of its irrelivant content removed, though a small part was added as a comment.  And I discovered a private no-star that I reported…very interesting item to find.

Anyway, be awaken by Nathan’s comments, observations and advise.  It’s a good recounting of the everyday world for authors on Goodreads.  His is also a very good site for other great connections for authors.

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2 thoughts on “Sharing Others’ Experiences #3 ~ About GRs

  1. Thanks, Judith for sharing this info. I updated my bio and stuff on GR, but I rarely go there to check for reviews. My bad. I just read an article the other day that said very few readers/buyers actually base a book purchase on reviews…so although I appreciate and ask for them, I’m not sure how much good they do in terms of sales.
    With writing…everything is just a crap shoot. What works for one may not work for another, but we have to keep plugging along and try everything…because we never know when the one thing we try pays off!
    Thanks for reading my book. I hope it entertains you.

    • Do watch for that particular review, if it appears. Being put on a to-read shelf, though, doesn’t mean it will ever get read. And you are not missing anything on GR. I don’t think their ratings count much and aware readers can tell some of the remarks are so inappropriate and out of line. As I responded to one, negative sells, and it does. My books have gotten more attention through this than I’ve been able to struggle to get for them.
      All’s quiet for now, but I doubt they’ve taken me off their list. Once a selectee I think we stay on the list forever. This is the second time it’s happened and to this particular book.
      Finding someone to read one is very difficult, but once read they are always surprised at how good it is. I always wonder, why so surprised? I have all the credentials to prove I have writing in my blood and through my education. I guess I look too much like an old grandma. But don’t we all eventually?
      I’m going to offer my anthology, Twisted Vine, for free again soon. Watch for it. You may find some interesting stories in it you like. All the ones from our club’s anthology are in there, also. I wanted the copyright for them the publisher didn’t get.
      I’m needing a good laugh, so I’m trying to get all this stuff off my desk top because it’s covering up my Kindle app with your story up and ready to be read.
      Take care.

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