Hi, SEers! Mae here today with a small promo tactic you may not be using. This one involves some help from your friends, but it’s another avenue to get your work noticed.
Have you ever searched lists on Goodreads? You’ll find them under the BROWSE drop-down on the main navigation bar (screen shot at left). The link will connect you to Listopia—Goodreads’ home for sorting books by category.
You’ll find plenty of genre lists, along with specific niche lists as well. These are the ones likely to benefit you the most.
As an example, I enjoy books featuring creatures from cryptozoology (i.e, Loch Ness, the Mothman, the Van Meter Monster, etc). Fortunately, Listopia has a Crypto Fiction list that allows me to sort through a number of books at once. As a reader, I find GR lists easier and more accurate to use than Amazon, especially when I want to search a smaller niche.
On the flip side, I write crypto fiction, so it makes sense to get my books on Listopia where other readers will see them.
The same applies to your books.
First question: can you drill down your genre to a smaller niche? If you write mystery, your book may be on a mystery list, but it’s competing with thousands of others in the same genre. Think more specific—British mystery, detective fiction, women sleuths, librarian sleuths, husband and wife detectives—you get the idea. If you write paranormal romance, go deeper with vampire fiction, shifters, werewolves, or ghost fiction.
How about haunted houses? Halloween stories? Alien abductions? Small town dramas? If a list doesn’t exist on GR, you can create one.
this is where you’re going to need help from your friends. It doesn’t look good to add your own book to a list. You also can’t vote on your book, but if you have a friend add your book, you’re in good shape. Once that’s done, let others know.
Blog about it. Tweet about it. Splash it on Instagram and Facebook. If others have read your novel and enjoyed it, ask them to click the VOTE FOR THIS BOOK button to the right of the cover (screenshot below). This moves your book higher on the list.
It goes with out saying the more votes you have, the higher your book goes on the list, the more visible it becomes, the more likely potential readers are to see it. Also, niche lists tend to be smaller than the big genre lists, so you have more chance of moving into the upper rankings with others helping out and the upper ranks are where you want to be.
I need to be more proactive with this, as I read a lot of books each year, many written by talented author friends who could benefit from this additional exposure.
Have you ever added a book to a Listopia? Would you vote on books you’ve read if they were on a list? As a reader, do you use Listopia to scout out potential titles for your TBR? As a writer, do you see a benefit in having your novel or novels appear there? Let’s get some discussion going in the comments!
Ready, set, go!