Author Michael J. Sullivan and his wife/business partner Robin, are the guests on this episode of The Author Biz.

Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan

Do you use Goodreads as an author? If so, do you feel like you’re getting the most you can from the reader focused platform?

If you’re anything like me and find the many ways Goodreads helps authors to be cloaked in mystery, then you’re going to love this show.

When I expressed my lack of Goodreads understand on an earlier episode, a listener told me she’d been at a fantastic presentation from Michael and Robin Sullivan on how to use the platform

As you may remember, Michael & Robin joined us on episode 55 for a fascinating discussion of Kickstarter, and how they’d used it to create the third most successful Kickstarter for fiction of all time, and raise over $70,000.

Robin Sullivan

Robin Sullivan

Michael writes classical fantasy and science fiction with unlikely heroes on epic adventures. Robin, his wife/business partner, manages the “business side” of their publishing enterprise and is a wealth of information on all things publishing related.

The Sullivans have a detailed understanding of how Goodreads can and should work for authors, and they share a lot of that information with us in this 75-minute episode.

Goodreads Interview Show Notes

  • Age of Myth CoverRobin began promoting Michael’s upcoming book, AGE OF MYTH over two years ago on Goodreads. As a result of that work, the book is the second most anticipated book on the GR platform for the month of June.
  • Robin walks us through the process of claiming your Author Page and adding your books to the page.
  • Michael shares some hard-won advice on the value of a professional author photo.
  • We discuss the importance of keeping up with your reader activities on GR, even after you’ve activated your author profile.
  • Robin believes Goodreads Groups were crucial to the growth of Michael’s career as an author.
  • We discuss how to select AND get involved with the correct groups within Goodreads.
  • We consider Goodreads giveaways, and how Michael and Robin have used them.
  • Robin shares her thoughts on the value of the new Goodreads Digital Book Giveaway program and considers why we’ve both seen some pushback from the indie community.
  • Robin explains the many ways being on a reader’s TBR shelf on GR can benefit authors.
  • Goodreads announced Goodreads Deals on the day this show was recorded. We discuss the announcement and potential impact to both reader and writers.
  • We discuss the different ways in which authors and publishers can advertise on Goodreads.
  • Robin shares some sage advice on author marketing. “Until you have your third book out you should be spending 90 – 95% of time writing and only 5-10% of your time marketing.”


Michael’s Website

Michael’s Goodreads Author Page

Get AGE OF MYTH at Amazon

Get the audio version of AGE OF MYTH for free (with trial) at Audible

Michael’s Reddit (Advice for authors) – Write2Publish

Michael’s  Author Branding Article on Forbes

Michael’s Reddit Post: An Author’s Guide to Goodreads

Michael’s Goodreads Presentation from the 2014 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

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