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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Re: Affordable Proofreader/Editor
« Last post by Heatherediting4u on May 22, 2021, 05:11:08 AM »
copy editing :) I also check for space errors and suggestions to the writer.
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Editors & Proofreaders [Public] / Re: Affordable Proofreader/Editor
« Last post by idontknowyet on May 22, 2021, 03:14:38 AM »
whats included for your beta read?
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It won't update covers automatically, but you can do that now without needing a Librarian. Still a bit of a pain, but at least you can get new covers up.

Not sure that statement is accurate. How? A few months ago, the librarians gave me a nastygram about "we can make the change but one at a time and it is not our preferred policy."

Cheers.
R.C.

I just changed the cover for a book two weeks ago. I can't remember the exact steps, but my statement is accurate.

Took less than 30 second to do a quick search.

https://help.goodreads.com/s/article/Goodreads-Authors-How-to-edit-your-books-1553870940147
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It won't update covers automatically, but you can do that now without needing a Librarian. Still a bit of a pain, but at least you can get new covers up.

Not sure that statement is accurate. How? A few months ago, the librarians gave me a nastygram about "we can make the change but one at a time and it is not our preferred policy."

Cheers.
R.C.
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It annoys me that my books are automatically loaded onto Goodreads and they won't update the freaking covers. Ever.


It won't update covers automatically, but you can do that now without needing a Librarian. Still a bit of a pain, but at least you can get new covers up.

Thanks. But I've been ignoring Goodreads for 6 years now and it's working for me.  Grin
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It annoys me that my books are automatically loaded onto Goodreads and they won't update the freaking covers. Ever.


It won't update covers automatically, but you can do that now without needing a Librarian. Still a bit of a pain, but at least you can get new covers up.
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It annoys me that my books are automatically loaded onto Goodreads and they won't update the freaking covers. Ever.

As for readers on Goodreads...*shrug*...never tried to engage, don't have a page, never posted, don't read the reviews or the star ratings, in fact, don't recall the last time I even looked at my books on Goodreads.
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Goodreads can be an effective tool if it's used from a distance and authors respect it as a reader space.

Engagement is minimal and not personal, but can still work well.

As with any tool, it's how its used. However, to dismiss it out of hand is ignoring a potential resource. At the very least, claim a profile, add your books and claim a profile. One of the benefits of Goodreads is that it doesn't hide things. So if a reader, who has a lot of friends, adds your book to their tbr list, likes it, rates it, or leaves a review, all of their friends will see it in their feeds. And if those friends doing any of those things, their friends will do the same.

I found an amazing reviewer on Goodreads. She found my book, wrote a review, shared it with her small group, and that group all went out and read it, some liked it, some didn't, but they were at least honest with why they didn't like it. One said, "it's not my favorite trope, but I read it because of Jane's review. As good as everything else was, I couldn't get past the trope. If you like X and Y, then you'll like this book, if you don't, then you might not." Of that group, I have a group of readers who pre-order every book, before I even send out any news that it's available for pre-order.

However, I don't engage with them unless they want me to. Also, I will add a "review" to my books, without any rating. Basically a note letting them know when it will be available, what's happening with it, and who they might see. All those "reviews" I leave get liked.

As I said, as long as you respect their space, Goodreads can be a great tool and shouldn't be dismissed just because a lot of people had bad experiences and relayed those bad experiences without disclosing the fact that they might not have respected it as a reader space.
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No way do I believe Goodreads is friendly to authors. If it were, I could update my covers and combine reviews of my books (so when two people mistakenly start them for one title they get made into one list) without a fuss. Instead, there's some arcane thing about having to ask someone else's permission. Not interested.

And you know, my hackles rise when someone says I "must" do something with Goodreads. My best advice is to stay far away. The bullies hang out there.

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Goodreads is one of the most author-friendly places on the internet

When did that change then?

I've always found it hostile to authors, and most of my posts, which were pretty much the same as I post here or anywhere else, and didn't advertise my own books 1 little bit, were deleted. Solely because I was an author.

That was a few years ago now, but I've seen nothing to indicate that GR has improved in any way.

I've asked my fans about GR as well, and got a zero response for activity there.
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