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 Goodreads.com. 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 Goodreads.com 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!