Goodreads and you

(from the May 2018 newsletter)

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Are you a member of Goodreads? If you are, you know that it’s THE place for readers to connect with other readers, share the books they’re reading and find great recommendations for new ones.

It’s also an excellent place for authors to connect with readers. Goodreads has an Author Program you can join for free. If you already have an account and a published (or soon-to-be-published) book, you just need to sign in, search for your book and “claim” it by clicking on your author name, then the “Is this you? Let us know!” link (towards the bottom of the page), and follow the instructions. (If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to sign up. Just click here.)

Once you are verified as the author (you’ll get an email from Goodreads), your author profile will include the official Goodreads author badge and readers will be able to “follow” you.

Goodreads has a helpful Authors & Advertisers Blog with author profiles, Goodreads news, book marketing advice and interviews with publishing experts.

Now, you’ll be able to:

  • Take questions from readers
  • Write reviews of other books
  • Update your profile picture
  • Connect your web site or blog
  • Advertise your books
  • Promote your books by running a giveaway

Click here for the how-to instructions. You can follow Goodreads on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too. Let us know how you’re using Goodreads to grow your audience!

 

May is Mary’s month

CelebratingMay is the month of Mary our Blessed Mother this special month, and thinking of all moms as we approach Mother’s Day this Sunday. We have some wonderful Marian titles by our special OSV authors:

  • The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima, by John C. Priess
  • Every Day with Mary: Reflections by the Affiliates of Mayslake Ministries, by Dr. Mary Amore
  • Why the Rosary, Why Now? by Gretchen Crowe
  • Mary — Virgin, Mother, and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics, by Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ
  • Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Saint John Paul II, by Fr. Brian McMaster
  • Those Who Saw Her: Apparitions of Mary, Updated and Revised, by Catherine M. Odell
  • Mary, Save Us, by Adele Dirsyte
  • And many more!

Find these books and more here.

Quick books quick!

Gaudete et ExsultateHere’s an update from our April enewsletter, just ICYMI, about the ability of OSV to product a quick book on a fast-breaking topic.

News happens fast, but usually, books don’t.

The publishing process is normally one of careful consideration of ideas, weeks or months of writing, more weeks or months of editing and production, printing, distribution, marketing, sales — and finally reading!

But sometimes, forces align that allow us to publish a book in about the same time-frame that it takes to put out OSV Newsweekly.

This happened recently with Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad.”) We had received a heads-up that the document was coming, and had a cover and inside design template ready. As soon as the text was released, we were able to proofread and design the copy in a matter of days. In less than a week, it was printed in-house at OSV and available for order on our online bookstore.

And although most books take months, not a week (thank goodness!), we bring the same kind of team effort to all our projects.

You can check out our latest quick book here.

10 Facebook post ideas

FacebookThis is from our April enewsletter (not getting it? Let Cathy know). Here are 10 ideas for Facebook posts (a lot of these would work for Instagram, too).

No need to stress over having “nothing to post” on Facebook! Here are 10 suggestions you can customize to your interests and activities.

  1. Short quotes from your book(s). Use Canva to make easy and beautiful graphics. Include a link to osvcatholicbookstore.com or amazon.com.
  2. Share a favorite Scripture passage and mention why it means so much to you. Ask your fans to share theirs, too.
  3. Share a short prayer, or mention a prayer request, or invite your fans to share prayer intentions.
  4. Share a saint from a favorite site. Or link to an article you’ve read, or a book you’re reading, or a favorite blog post, or a funny meme.
  5. Mention books you’re reading — from Catholic authors, or even your favorite fiction or nonfiction. Ask your fans for new reading suggestions.
  6. Post a “view from your desk today” picture — out your window, or just of your messy work area. This is extra fun if you’re traveling. Ask your fans where they’re working today.
  7. Try a weekly “heard at Mass” post — something from the liturgy or homily that touched you or has you thinking. Ask your fans to share their “heard at Mass” experiences.
  8. Are you traveling for work or pleasure? It’s a great time to share pictures of a church you’ve visited, a coffee shop you’re working in, or a shrine where you’ve spent time.
  9. Are you giving a talk, presenting at a conference, having a book signing, giving a webcast? Be sure to let your fans know!

All the Facebook things: Have you seen a good movie, met an interesting person, had a writing disaster or success, done something stupid, discovered something brilliant, had a prayer answered, experienced the presence of God? Share it! Ask your fans to share their stories, too.

On Instagram

instagrampostsJoin us on Instagram! Search OSVAuthorToolkit and give us a “Follow”! We’re happy to follow you back, too.

If you’re not already using Instagram, why not give it a try? You can connect to Facebook friends easily.

Need posting ideas? We have some coming soon. (Check out these Facebook post ideas, too.) Think about pictures of what you’re reading, where you’re working, places you’re visiting and what you had for lunch (why not!?).