Are you on Goodreads?
If not, you should be!
There are so many wonderful reasons to become part of the Goodreads community online.
Take a few minutes now to learn more about Goodreads and how it can fit into your life as a tool for professional development, marketing and networking.


A number of years ago, David and I attended Book Expo America in New York and sat in on a panel session that included Otis Chandler, the co-founder of His platform was relatively new at the time and became a fabulous resource for me personally as well as a wonderful tool to connect with people from industry as well as those with shared interests and of course, a shared love of reading. In addition to being a neat place to hang your hat, Goodreads has also proved a bountiful source of inspiration.
Here are 3 tips for anyone wanting to use as a narrator to refine their skills, meet new people and promote their work.

Read For Fun

Challenge yourself. Set a goal for how many books you want to read in 2015. I’ve set my goal at 50. When you make it a priority to read books on your own, you get into a rhythm of discovering new worlds, encountering great characters and entering into countless stories. Remember to read aloud as well as in your head. There are many benefits to reading aloud and you can find ways to make each experience fun and rewarding. Voice talent should be avid readers to keep creative juices flowing and their reading skills sharp.

Build Your Own Library

As an audiobook narrator, you should maintain a Goodreads profile to not only document the books you have read at your own leisure but also to feature the books you have narrated professionally. To distinguish books you’ve read for fun from the books you’ve given voice to as a narrator, create separate bookshelves to showcase your work. You can name the bookshelves whatever you like. All Goodreads users have access to bookshelves called Read, Currently-Reading and To-Read as well as the encompassing All.

Join The Community

Many people from the audiobook community are on the site including authors, narrators and their fans. You might even find people who work for publishers and audio publishers using Goodreads. Just like Facebook, you can add friends and follow what other people are reading. Check to see if any of your friends are already on Goodreads. The site casts a wide net because anyone who loves books is likely there. Connect on a whole other level with family, friends, colleagues and authors you admire by getting involved.

Are You on Goodreads?

If not, you can sign up here. If you are, be sure to comment!
Take care,

Gil C /

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Thanks, Stephanie for the points you brought up & the reasons for joining. Particularly, the info. you mentioned in, “Build Your Own Library” applies to myself as a narrator. I’ll give it a look.

  2. Thanks for posting this, Stephanie. I’m glad that Goodreads has given this option for us narrators. As you know, we need all the help we can get, plus the authors and/or publishers appreciate the mentions as well. Thanks again!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve been on Good Reads for a while now, but hadn’t even found the time to check it out on a regular basis.
    Thanks for bringing to our attention how this might be used with regard to books we’ve narrated (or will narrate).
    I’ll definitely be doing that in the future.
    And Oh for the time to read more books Just Because…..!

  4. Hello Stephanie,
    I signed up for Good Reads about a year or two ago. I haven’t viewed any books lately, but since reading your suggestions, I will make it one of my priorities.
    Emma Smiley

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    thanks for a great post; as a narrator only a small proportion of my books on goodreads currently mention me as a narrator of the audiobook (I guess when members have added the book with both author and narrator details) – is there a way I can add my narrator credit to existing books?

  6. Some great tips on how to enhance narrating Stephanie. I very rarely read aloud any book I read. I’ll have to start reading aloud.
    Right now I’m reading a book from Charles Falco called”Vagos,Mogols and Outlaws”
    It’s a true story about Charles Falco who was an informant after getting indicted on charges of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. He infiltrated all the Motorcycle gangs listed in the title of the book.
    What is even better is canadian actor Damon Runyan is in a show on the history channel called gangland Uncover as Charles Falco. Fantastic show! there are quite a few canadian actors on GU.
    I signed up for Goodreads. Thank you for the tips.

  7. I’m finally getting a chance to Read this article, and I thank you for sharing reasons why I should not only be On Goodreads (which I am), but always ways it can be of service to me as a narrator!
    I’d signed on quite some time ago at the invitation of a writer friend whom I greatly respect — but i rarely have time to be on that site.
    I’m thinking now I need to prioritize that and put my presence and my Work out there!
    Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.


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