Hey, friends!  Victoria here, and today's post is about the website Goodreads.com!!!

Now, there has been a lot of buzz about Goodreads.com, both amazing and both not so amazing, but I'm here today to show you how you can utilize this stellar website to promote NA!

So you may be asking how can this site be used to promote new adult fiction?  Well, I'm about to tell you.

Goodreads can be used for many things.  You can make a list of the books you want to read, see what your friends are reading, and lead people to books that are similar to the awesome book you just read by creating a "list" of like books.  With these things in mind, I'm about to give you three ways you can use this site to promote NA.

1.  Tag the book you're reading as "New Adult" with "shelf" feature

Every book you read has a little feature underneath it to tag books called a shelf.  That is literally what it is.  You are "shelving" a book or classifiying it whether by genre (example: paranormal) or category (example: new adult). 

The first shelf is usually add the book to your "to-read" shelf.  After that, you can start tagging your book different things.  It can be anything like: "awesome book" or "angels."  These tags group together if others do the same thing after they read the book, which helps other users "see" what's inside the book.  

Let's use Lynn Rush's new adult paranormal romance, Wasteland, as an example.

Every Goodreads.com page for a book looks like this:

 To "shelf" something as new adult just click "edit shelves" and box will expand at the bottom as you can see by the picture below.  Enter "new adult" in this box.

It will then add your book to the genres and categories on the side bar.  This is one reason why shelving is important.  That green clickable icon labeled "See top shelves" will take you to another page.

As you can see from the picture below, there is a list that shows what Wasteland has been "shelved" as by other users on Goodreads.  The more people who "shelve" something as "new adult" the higher up it will be on the "See top shelves" list.  This is why it's important to shelf titles as "new adult."  The more people who label it as such the higher it will go up on the list and...


Every time you "shelf" a book as "new adult" it goes to this page below.  (The link to the "new adult" Goodreads.com page is here by the way ;D)  The only way Goodreads.com knows to put a book on this page is if YOU, as the reader, shelf your book that way.  They take the book you labeled and put it there for others to see.  This is why shelving is important.  If the book is not "shelved" by us as "new adult" it goes unlisted as such.  Goodreads.com is very much a community site.  It relies on the reader to list the books and categorize them in the right categories.  So shelf those books peeps!  The more we shelve the more options we have to read!!!

2. Create and Participate in Listopia Lists

Goodreads.com has a feature where you can create "lists" of books for other people to view.  They can be anything.  Some of my personal favorites are "college romance" (romances set in college)  "New Adult Literature".  These lists have been created by users to help other users find books similar to the ones they've read.  

Participate in these lists by adding your own "new adult" reads that you've found to it like I have on the right side of the picture above.  I saw three "new adult" books that weren't on the list so I added them.  

It's imporant to create lists because you can make unique ones.  Say you like New Adult science fiction.  Create a list titled "New Adult Science Fiction" and then every time you find a book like that add it.  Others will do the same, and before you know it, there will be a bunch of that type of book there. 

Be unique! Be free!  Create "New Adult Angels" (NA books with Angels) "New Adult Urban Fantasy" or "New Adult Distopian."  Heck, if you wanted a NA book about characters who drive pink Volkswagen Beetles you could make it. (I don't advise this, just saying ;D)

But whatever you do, know someone else is out there probably looking for that type of book, too.  Help them out by making lists!  You'll be helping yourself too because they will add books to it as well!

3. Rate and Review New Adult Books

Here is my last way you can promote NA reads on Goodreads.com and perhaps the most important.  Write a review, or if you don't want to do that, just add some stars to it.  Books that have stars rankings to them, rise higher in the ratings, therefore they're seen by more people.  So star and review those NA reads, my friends!  It will get them seen by more readers out there!

So, there you have it. Three ways you, as a reader, can promote NA fiction :D

Leave your Goodreads link below in the comments and we can follow you!

Happy Goodreading, my friends!

Oh, and one small reminder about NaLitChat!  We had an awesome first session last week talking about all things new adult fiction on Twitter and we'd love for you to join us again this Thursday at 9pm EST.  Just use hashtag #NaLitChat.  Follow @NaLitChat today for updates!  I'm modding this week :D, so I hope to see you there!!!

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  1. Great post!

    After much research I don't entirely know if my novel fits in NA. The rules seem a little unclear as to which age groups fit. My MC is 26, and I read that MCs up to the age of 30 are acceptable in the genre, but some sites claim that the cut off point is 25. But if it fits in NA, I will promote it as such! :D

  2. Great idea, I'll try to list my books as such from now on. :D

  3. Yeah! Thanks for posting this. I've been updating some things New Adult, but it's a good reminder to update.

  4. Awesome post, thanks for sharing! I'm definitely gonna bookmark this one :)

  5. Outstanding post about GoodReads!!! Awesome, Victoria! :)

  6. @Kyra - NA can definitely go as high as 30. The 18 - 25 thing is really just a guideline and where most NA usually fits. It's about the transition into adulthood from any age really :)

    @Clare - Awesome! When we get more books labeled we'll have even more reads!

    @Magan - No problem! I didn't used to do this until I realized the potential it had for NA. I've been doing it ever since :)

    @Melissa - Thanks and thanks for your support around the blogosphere and twittersphere!

    @Addictivestory - Great! Thanks so much :D

    @Summer - Hey there girl and thanks!

  7. Yeah for the info Victoria! Love the step by step instructions. I heard about this but didn't know how to go about it. Thanks for making it easier for me to know what to do!!

  8. I am so bookmarking this for after I get control of my page! :) Nice work, Victoria!

  9. Oh my gosh, I never considered this! What a great way to use goodreads! Thanks for sharing :) I will sort through my books, and I'm so excited about those lists! I've been looking for NA titles and now I have a list! So fun :)

    Love for any of you to friend me on goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5147170.Christie_Rich

  10. Great insight! I love goodreads ;)
    Thanks, Victoria!

  11. @Jaybird - No problem girl ;)

    @Carrie - Why thanks! I'm glad to help :)

    @Jaycee - But, of course!

    @Juliana - No problem my sista!

  12. Thank you for writing this Victoria. Readers have craved New Adult for years.

  13. No problem Eric :) and friended you Christie!


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