I’m a big fan of Goodreads, the social networking website that focuses on books: what you’re reading, what you’ve read, reviews and recommendations, etc. I even have a fair number of books marked and rated on my virtual bookshelf, thanks to a friendly competition several years ago with Steve Diamond when we raced each other to post as many book ratings as possible; I won, but he’s read (and rated) many more books than I have in the time since.
And that, dear reader, is the issue at hand: it has been a long time since I done much with my Goodreads account, and in that time I’ve had a book published, and I realize that my needs have changed. I’m still a reader, of course (current book: FEED by Mira Grant), but I’m also an author, which means I have more things, and different things, to communicate than I did before.
So I’m asking you guys: do you use Goodreads? How do you use it? What information do you look for? What do you wish your favorite authors did with it? If you’re an author yourself, how do you leverage Goodreads to communicate with readers?