Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Form Goodreads Groups?

If you're not on Goodreads, please consider it. You'll find me (Sandra) there. Besides being a great place to go as a reader, it's helpful in connecting readers with writers. 

While you're there, don't pass up joining a few groups for discussion. I'm a member of several. One of them is run by author Camy Tang. She's wonderful at relating to those who take the time to connect with her. So I asked Camy:

“You formed an active group on Goodreads. What do you enjoy about it? Have you found it helpful in getting to know your readers? Any recommendations for writers who want to form their own groups?” - Sandy

Camy - First off, let me confess that I am a Goodreads junkie. I am on Goodreads as much as I am on Facebook and more than I am on Twitter or Pinterest. I absolutely love the reader discussions on other groups I belong to and checking out the book recommendations from people. I don’t always comment as much as I used to, but I still love reading the forums and looking up more books to put on my TBR pile.

I think I enjoy surfing around Goodreads because I feel like a Klingon at a Comicon convention. I’m surrounded by my peeps. I can stop at any forum and jump in because these are readers just like me. They “get” the way I think about books--about having a favorite reading spot, about always needing a book with me when I leave the house, about my obsession over having an accurate book catalog.

As an author, I decided to focus more on Goodreads than Twitter or Pinterest in terms of my marketing simply because I love being on Goodreads so much. I formed a Goodreads group (which is super easy) and just started talking. I also linked to my Goodreads group from my blog and Facebook page.

I’ve met so many great people on Goodreads through my group. Now, my interactions on my group has not propelled me to the NYT bestseller list, but I’ve had great discussions with readers, some of whom have read my books, others who become interested in my books through my group. I’m especially touched by readers who tell me that some aspect of my character’s struggles has impacted their lives or encouraged them in some way.

For writers wanting to form their own groups, Goodreads makes it really easy. If you’re an author, check out their Author Program page: If you want to form a reader or writer group, go to their Groups page and click on “Create a Group” on the right side:

I hope to see you all on Goodreads! Be sure to join my group!

Are you in any Goodreads groups? Have you formed any? What are they and what do you like about them? 


Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. She grew up in Hawaii and now lives in California with her engineer husband and rambunctious mutt, Snickers. She used to be a biologist, but now she writes full time, is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She loves knitting and she’s training to run a (very slow) marathon.


  1. I wrote a bible study "Storms of Life" published by AMG in 12/2010. I haven't put it on Goodreads because I don't see the value of it for my study. What do you think? I haven't done anything with Goodreads so I'll have to learn. Another learning curve - does it ever end?

    1. Goodreads is pretty easy to learn, Sherry. The nice thing about it is that it connects you with OTHER readers. Not just using it for potential readers for your books, but finding people who like to read what you like to read, and having discussions.

      I have to admit that I don't use it as often as I would like to or should. I get caught up in the other social media sites, but I want to use it more. I like the interaction of discussing books and book subjects in the various groups...and there are many. Look under "Groups" on the home page and you might find one discussing Bible studies.

    2. I'm with you, Sandy. Don't visit as much as I should or would like. Must. Change. That. :-)

      Thanks for sharing about Goodreads, Camy.

    3. Sherry, I definitely think you should put it up on Goodreads! Be sure to search to make sure someone didn't already put it up there! I didn't have to submit my own books because other people did it for me. Even some of my short stories are up there!

      Thanks Dora!

  2. I starting using Goodreads a few months ago. It's interesting to see what people are reading and what they're saying about various books. I'm still learning about all the ways to utilize the site. I'll join your group, Camy!

    1. Thanks Dawn! I agree, I love seeing what people are reading! It's almost like being in a gigantic book club. :)

  3. Thanks so much for having me here, Sandra! This was a fun interview!

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience, Camy.


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