ACF Training – Goodreads

3 Jun


Welcome to ACF Advanced Kindle Training!

Ok guys, let’s jump right into Goodreads so that you have something great to use that can give you a sales boost right now.  We will of course go deeper into the full ACF formula in the 10 other modules.

REMEMBER: This is One Month of training!  This includes mindmaps, video transcripts, webinars with top Kindle experts, podcasts, and more.  We also encourage you to post your comments here.  We love your feedback, and your questions.

For Kindle basics, read Kindle REVOLUTIONS here.

Become an Affiliate of ACF: Coming Soon 

Never Underestimate the Power of Goodreads: I have seen authors start from zero and get to 500 sales per month within 3 months, ALL because of how they used Goodreads.  Oh dear.

Avid Book Buyers: These are the people who buy the most books.  They also tell their friends what they buy.  This means they are influencers.  Goodreads is the home of many Avid Book Buyers.

FIRST, let’s go into the basics of Goodreads:


Import your books to Goodreads

Import your book data from your blog

Add your book manually

Goodreads Librarian “Mish” at Kindleboards

Goodreads Author Profile

Edit Your Profile

Premium Author Program

Search Goodreads Groups

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Create a Goodreads Group

How to use the Author Program

Add Your Friends from Facebook, etc.


Now let’s jump into Goodreads Giveaways:


Create a paper book at Createspace

Goodreads Giveaways

Create a Giveaway

Giveaway for BOSS CORE

Add a Friend

Introducing Hiro Koko

CafePress Personalized Gifts

Printfection Shirts

Amazon Kindle gift cards

Wall Decal


Summary: As you can see, we don’t beg for sales and we don’t harass people about our books.  Instead, we’re the really cool guy who invites people to a party.  ”Let’s have fun!”  Books are entertainment after all, aren’t they?

We want to be the social ringleader that gets people involved in fun contests and activities.  This naturally leads people to feel happy and included.  When people feel included, they open up and become receptive.  That’s when they accept your books, and you.

NEXT: We launch a Goodreads Event and give away a Kindle Fire.  And guess what?  YOU are eligible to win that Kindle Fire!  Hey, why the heck not?

Stay tuned for the next module to be announced via email.  Watch your inbox! We have a whole bunch more effective and fun things to show you. AND we want to include you in all we are doing.

See you soon!

Paul –

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68 Responses to “ACF Training – Goodreads”

  1. Ashly Lorenzana May 5, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I can’t agree more with you on the power of using GoodReads as an indie author. They are amazing! The book giveaways are hugely popular. I did two for my book and got nearly 1,000 contest entries BOTH times. Almost all the winners reviewed the book on GoodReads too!

    Paul, you’ve offered a wealth of info here and crazy to think this is just the beginning! This will keep me busy for a while, I am working through all the links now. Will sign up as an affiliate when that’s up and running too!

    • Editor June 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

      Hey Ashly, awesome. Yep, there have been some amazing success stories just based on Goodreads. More soon! ;)


  2. Guillermo June 5, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Goodreads is one of the best promotional tools for authors. I use it a lot and it took me weeks to learn how to use it properly. But your training, Paul, shows how to use it step by step so I feel very fortunate that I will be able to apply this knowledge tonight!

    Solid work amigo :)

    p.s. if this is the start of the course.. I can’t believe how awesome the rest is going to be, this method will be the main focus of my publishing career for the next few months and I know I will succeed!

    • Editor June 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm #


      Goodreads has the mojo! ;)


    • Gail June 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      …. took you weeks to learn Goodreads – me too and I’m still not sure what to do. Right now I’m spinning my wheels trying to keep up with blog, FB, Pinterest and Twitter posting… don’t see much ROI with these activities, but it’s part of today’s game.

      Can’t wait for the rest of the course, either. A LOT of us have been waiting for this.

  3. mish June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    this is awesome information, great info from a maestro

  4. Paulineh June 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    I love Goodreads too but haven’t utilized it as much as you have shown Paul. Great stuff! What good training you give for Kindle authors and this one is going to be awesome.

    • Editor June 6, 2012 at 12:02 am #

      Thanks Pauline. I am very psyched about this one!


  5. Berenice Aguilera June 6, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Wow!! I have read about Goodreads before but never realized its potential. I look forward to learning more and seeing my sales improve (and who wouldn’t want that?)

    I really look forward to learning how to get my books read by more people.

    • Editor June 6, 2012 at 12:55 am #

      Hey Berenice, it is def the nuclear strength option for getting noticed!


  6. Rob Rodenparker June 6, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Great stuff! I am on GR, but have not really figured out how to use it effectively – until now. I can’t wait to dig into the rest of the course. Kudos to you, Paul!

    • Editor June 6, 2012 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Rob. All systems GO! ;)


  7. Maz Scales June 6, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks very much for all the really great info. Very helpful.

    • Editor June 6, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      Thanks Maz. Stay tuned for much more.


  8. Demian zur Strassen June 7, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    What I like about your stuff is that it is the result of practical and very creativ out-of-the-box thinking. Seeing the potential of goodread and making it easier to access it for us is no exception.


    • Editor June 7, 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Thanks Demian. I have to agree, I hate “theory” guides. I like actually doing it, and then reporting on results. Stay tuned!


  9. Peter Clough June 7, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    I’ve got all of Paul’s material from the past. He’s one of the few people who you know will always give you great indepth material and such a genuine guy as well.

    For me personally, if he has a new product out then I get it. I don’t even need to read a description.

    I encourage you to study his material as he is the best in the business!


    • Editor June 7, 2012 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks Pete. Can’t wait to get you guys involved in the next phase of ACF. Oh baby!


  10. Katherine Baldwin June 7, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I can’t wait! Paul, you are the reason that I am now a best selling Amazon author. I have had your courses since the beginning in 2009 and it helped me believe that I could publish a book and I did. Thanks!


    • Editor June 7, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Hey Katherine, what can I say, I love Kindle and I love authors. RAWR! ;)


  11. Gene Eberts June 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I am truly impressed with this course. Not only do you provide a clear, step-by-step video guide, you also give the exact links needed to implement each step!

    You describe this as an “Advanced Kindle Training”. However, any new author that wants to maximize their sales would benefit from this course.

    • Editor June 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Thanks Gene. More coming!


  12. Evan June 8, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    I actually really liked these videos. I’ve gone through a lot of Kindle related publishing material and this is one of the best courses I’ve seen so far.

    keep up the good work. I’ll be with you.

    • Editor June 8, 2012 at 12:39 am #

      Thanks Evan. More soon!


  13. Richard Bartkowski June 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    This training is a very valuable piece of information for anyone who wants to increase the Kindle sales. Paul’s videos are easy to understand and great to follow.


    • Editor June 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks Richard. More soon!


  14. Amy Harrop June 17, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Goodreads is very powerful…thanks for going over how to use this fantastic strategy!

    • Editor June 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

      Thanks Amy. You are awesome as always.


  15. Tania Yager June 18, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    Amazing and great insight into promoting a book. I have really enjoyed everything you are putting out there at the moment.

    The idea of a viral market driving the success of a book is quite scary and exciting.

    A question for you. What happens to the shy and retiring person who is brilliant at writing and graphics? Can they still operate in a market which is fundamentally taken over by the hysteria of social media or do they have to adjust to leveraging their efforts and outsourcing and go for counselling to sort themselves out?

    Once upon a time an individual use to stand out because of their eccentricities now they have to fall into line and be the same as everyone else.

    Social media and contests are the buzzwords. Everyone is vying for a position of status. Talk about information overload and overwhelm and I think we are all sending ourselves down a very demented pathway with no time to breath because of having to be so, so, sociable.

    • Editor June 18, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Hey Tania,

      Actually, eccentricities still stand out and get attention. The only rule in book promotion is Don’t Be Boring. ;)


  16. Mike June 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Dear Mr. Coleman:

    Dude, this is the best GoodReads info, I have ever found; and you are giving it away for free. Seriously, it is great info and I am looking forward to your new ACF training.

    I will be on the lookout for the next installment.

    Great job Amigo, and best of luck on this new venture.

    At this point Paul, all I can say is “let’s have FUN!”


    • Editor June 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

      Hey Mike, I am a big fan of fun. ;-)


  17. Joe June 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m so glad Geoff Shaw recommended me your course. I look forward to putting it to use

    • Editor June 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      Absolutely Joe. Full speed ahead!


  18. John June 21, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Really pleased Michelle Spiva from good fiction fast recommended your course. I’ve not used good reads before – I’ve obviously been missing out big time

    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Goodreads is strong stuff! Ok, I probably sound a bit preachy now. ;)


  19. Mark June 21, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    Paul, a great start to the ACF course!

    I’d already signed up with GR because somebody in some “course” suggested it, but they never really gave you any idea what to do with it once you’d joined.

    Now I know!

    Thanks, and I look forward to all future modules.


    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Good point, Mark. We don’t want to just stare at the walls of Goodreads. ;)


  20. Beatrice June 21, 2012 at 7:44 am #

    Paul, it seems as though Goodreads offers paper books only? No electronic/Kindle books?

    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Beatrice,

      Goodreads events can be ebook giveaways. We go over that next.


  21. Sandy June 21, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Hi Paul,

    If my book is in KDP Select can I still import it into Goodreads? I’m just wondering about the Amazon duplicate content bots.

    Great course so far!


    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Hi Sandy,

      I’ve seen authors have no problem with it. But I like separating things completely by creating two, small, unique books. One of those books is for KDP only. We go over that in the Portal Books module.


      • Sandy June 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

        O.k. thanks Paul!


      • Ann June 22, 2012 at 5:45 am #

        So did I understand the “claim your book” properly in that you upload your entire book file to Goodreads?

        • Editor June 22, 2012 at 8:04 am #

          Hi Ann,

          Nope. Goodreads should already grab your book from Ingram’s data feed. If not, follow the steps in the video. If all else fails, use the link and contact Mish. She’s a Goodreads Librarian.

          To be clear: You are importing book DATA such as “Publisher”, “Title”, etc. You are NOT uploading the text of your book. However, you can upload the cover if necessary.


  22. Lee June 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I already got my moneys worth with this one module. Been trying to figure out how to use Goodreads for months now!

    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Thanks Lee. Much more on the way!


  23. Gail June 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I’ve got that “tingling” feeling that tells me this is it!

    I’ve got 6 books on Kindle that are doing OK, but could be doing MUCH better. I’ve stopped writing for now and am working on marketing so the timing couldn’t have been better.

    • Editor June 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Hey Gail,

      Big things happen for authors if they use Goodreads just right. Hey, I’m getting that tingly feeling too. ;)


  24. Shelley Hitz June 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Okay, I’ve known for a long time I needed to be on Goodreads more…now you’ve finally shown me some advanced marketing techniques to put to use. And I’ve already started!! Thanks for the great info, I’m looking forward to your next module.

    • Editor June 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      Hey Shelley,

      GO GO GO!! ;)


  25. Martin June 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Thank you for this first module. I had no idea about Goodreads. Clueless.

    I have some books on Amazon and know that marketing makes ALL the difference. That is why I purchased this course and the first module has been brilliant.

    Look forward to all the rest and implementing what you teach.

    • Editor June 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Hey Martin,

      I have to agree. Marketing your books right is a big deal. We don’t want to be invisible!


  26. Buddy June 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Hi Paul,
    How often will the modules come out?

    • Editor June 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi Buddy,

      We want to do the modules in real time so that we can promote member’s books. We are also building a private forum for ACF members. Once we get going, I’d say it’s one or two modules per week.


  27. Miranda June 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Hey Paul!

    What an awesome intro for this ACF course!

    I have a question. Does the course go into how to market your books if you’re using a pen name? I have books in several niches and have been a little confused as to what the best approach to this is. Thanks!


    • Editor June 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Hey Miranda,

      Yes it does. ;)


  28. Sandy June 27, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    Paul has the GoodReads promo for the Kindle Fire and author promo started? How do we get to the promo? I couldn’t find it on GD.


    • Editor June 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm #


      Promo is going to be announced today. Stay tuned!! ;)


  29. Dwight Walker June 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I missed this one, when will it reopen.


    • Editor June 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

      Hi Dwight,

      You can sign up and be notified when we re-open:

      We are giving all our attention to the current members to make sure they get exactly what they need.


  30. Shireen Bonegio June 28, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Paul,

    Does this course work equally well for Children’s Books? I have written two Kindle books (part of a series) for children which are both on Amazon but I am really struggling with how best to market these and my future books I have planned.


    • Editor June 28, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Shireen,

      Oh yes. :-)


  31. Britt Malka June 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Hi Paul,

    Great start! I hadn’t heard about Goodreads before. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how giving away expensive gadgets or T-shirts can help us sell books :D

    When is next module planned to come out?

    • Editor June 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

      Hi Britt,

      Private forum being built for ACF members right now. Stay tuned! ;)


  32. Bob Blick February 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Are there not going to be anymore modules like promised?

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