Thursday, March 29, 2012

Step #7 of author Mimi Barbour's thirteen promotional steps

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7. Goodreads – Again, I have to admit to taking on Goodreadswith a lot of enthusiasm, which did wane after a while. It’s time consuming for an author - but well worthwhile. Because as a reader, and I admit to being a reading freak, it’s a wonderful place to find others who like the same kind of books as you. I’ve met some of my favorite people here, people who I now consider friends, and therefore I try and spend as much time as I can in keeping in touch with them.

Even though I’ve covered the best of Goodreads in my original blurb, I must delve into the benefits a bit more. For every author who is trying to make her way in the social media maze, she/he needs to find readers. The best part about Goodreads is that everyone involved is a booklover, which is what has brought them there in the first place.

This is a site that works something like twitter. The more active you are, the more people see you and want to be friends. The more friends you have, the more people see you….

If you're a writer, once your friends become familiar with your name - because in our industry a lot depends on name recognition - they have more of a tendency to choose your book over others. It’s a well-known fact that this works in an author’s favor. Add to that a killer book cover and a great story, and the next step is those same friends taking the time to write you a review.


And reviews make such a difference to not only the fortunate author, but to many readers. They’re used as a guide in helping them make choices. Myself, I like to see that others have enjoyed the book that interests me.


Friends get to trust the references from others who enjoy the same genres, especially if their likes and dislikes are similar. It can lead to interaction between each other and a closer link is formed. And that's what it's all about. Linking with each other over a subject of interest to us all. Books!!








My Favorite charity has to be the Cancer Society. It's true that there are so many wonderful causes out there in the world quietly helping people to make the most of their lives. But for me, that dreaded disease has taken loved ones from my own family and probably has affected more people's lives than anything else I can think of. It's a battle we've won in some instances, and totter on the verge of breakthroughs for others. In time, maybe no one has to die from cancer. With our help...


For this Charity Hopping Around the World Blog Hop I will be happy to present the lucky winner with a $10 Amazon Gift certificate. All you need to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address.


I'll be adding your names to my newsletter list, so I hope you won't mind getting a periodic letter from me telling of new releases and special news!


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65 comments:

  1. This is an amazing hop, we got to know about so many worthy charities and a lot about all you great bloggers:)

    Thanks so much!

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  2. Thanks for taking part in the hop!

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  3. Thanks for being part of the hop. :)


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  7. I enjoyed your post on Goodreads. Thank you for sharing.
    Goodreads is such a great meeting place. I need to make the time to visit it more often.
    Best
    Jo-Ann

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  10. Thanks! Love the charity!

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  11. Thank you for being part of the hop and sharing your favorite charity with us.

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  12. Thanks for being a part of the hop and telling us about you favorite charity. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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  14. What a great hop! I have learned so much!
    Thanks for being a part of it!
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  15. Thank you.

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  16. A worthy cause indeed.

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  17. Would love to be added to your email!

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  19. What a great cause. I have lost some dear friends and family to cancer. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  20. This is one hop I am especially happy to do. So many wonderful charities. Thank you all so much for getting the word out about these charities.

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  21. Thanks for the chance to win :) and for being part of this amazing hop
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  23. thanks for being part of the hop...
    I agree about Goodreads. I've learned a lot and met a lot of wonderful people, and some of those wonderful people got me into these blog hops, which open the door to even more contact/connections with the book world. I love it.
    Thanks for participating.
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  24. Thanks so much for helping out with this hop. Cancer is a devastating disease, I know from personal experience. So thanks for helping make others aware of all the ways we can help!

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  27. Thanks so much for taking part in this hop.

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  29. Thanks for the chance to win and for being a part of this wonderful hop! christy_n_jesse12@yahoo.com

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  30. This has to be the one charity dearest to my heart. My mother lost her mother and both her brothers to cancer. It is a disgusting thing.
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  32. Cancer is so prevalent. I'm great to see it getting highlighted during this hop.

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  33. Thanks for sharing about cancer
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  36. Thanks for the giveaway. My family has been touched by cancer so many times, I'm sorry for your losses.

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway! I think this giveaway is awesome by bringing awareness to different charities and causes. Such a cool way to do that. My family has had several deaths due to cancer, but thankfully my grandmother has fought it and won TWICE. So thankful God has blessed us with her a little longer.

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  42. Thanks for participating in this awesome hop!

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  43. Of course we don't mind being added to your newsletter. And I might already get yours, I can't remember. :)
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  48. Thanks for being part of the the hop.

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  49. Thank you for participating in the hop and your generosity!

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  50. I love this hop! It is great getting to read about the different charities!

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  51. Thank you so much for the giveaway and for supporting the cancer society.

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  53. Thank you so much for the giveaway. The Cancer Society is a very deserving charity.

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  55. Thanks for being a part of the hop and
    for sharing your favorite charity.

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  56. Thanks for this post!

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway! I love Goodreads - it's such a great way to learn about new books and see what people are reading.
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  58. Thank you for bringing more awareness to The Cancer Society, a great organization.
    Thank you for the giveaway too

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  59. I just made a donation for breast cancer awareness.

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  60. Thank you for supporting the fight against cancer. It has affected me as well.

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  61. Thank you for this chance.

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  62. Thank you for everything!
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  63. Thanks for the information.

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  64. Congratulations to ~Ley who is the winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Certificate for this blog hop. I really enjoyed reading all of your comments and appreciate your interest more than I can say.
    To those of you who shared your personal stories about cancer, I feel your pain and pray that one day they'll have the cure.
    And to others who mentioned Goodreads and how much they enjoy the site, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who appreciates what a benefit it is to both readers and authors. It's a fun place to spend time.
    Take care....xo Mimi

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