One of my goals this quarter is to put my nose back to the grindstone – for both writing, editing, and …. yuck! … marketing. In a word, I stink at marketing, so I’m trying to learn more about it, and gather a lot of information that may, or may not, help.
Today, I found myself on the Goodreads website. I’ve never done much over there because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to live my life, get any work done, and try to do all manner of social media. However, I wanted to check my ratings there. I don’t do it often because readers at Goodreads are notoriously rough on writers when it comes to rating books.
And while the following authors obviously have many more readers than I do (and therefore, more reviews), I was really surprised to see where they ranked on Goodreads.
Nora Roberts – 4.24
Richard Paul Evans – 4.17
Jane Austen – 4.14
Nicholas Sparks – 4.09
J.K. Rowling – 4.06
Stephen King – 4.05
Debbie Macomber – 4.0
Dickens – 3.9
Mark Twain – 3.87
Hemingway – 3.79
All of these authors are/were considered to be very good at what they do – writing books. And yet, on Goodreads, none of them have hit the coveted 5.0 average rating. It gives authors like me hope though.
Because my average at Goodreads is 4.01. Thanks to the 4,419 readers who took the time to rate my books, I could slip my name between King’s and Macomber’s. Of course, in the writing world, they are massive boulders and I’m just a teensy, tiny little pebble, but that’s okay. It’s close enough for now.
In the meantime, the task that sidetracked me was advertising my ‘Free Starter Library.’ <<< Click that blue link (or the covers below) to find out how to get your free digital copies. And full disclosure, the links for Amazon are affiliate links. Learn more about those here.
And now, because a spring cold has left me feeling a bit wimpy this week, I need some motivation – in the form of one of my favorite, probably over-shared videos. But, maybe you need some inspiration too.