FIONA'S list of Worst Mistakes Authors Make On GoodReads.com
1. Trying to slip their own book into group nominations (to be read by every member of the Book Club Group) especially without even trying to be honest about it.
2. Throwing a hissy fit when they are asked/informed to read/keep to group rules etc (for instance, about self promotion and spamming the forums.)
3. Creating multiple accounts and pretending to be different people so as to pretend they actually have friends who have read the book.
4. Failing to use paragraphs, punctuation or spelling in their attempts to advertise their 'book'. Obviously these people probably aren't serious authors.
5. Only seeming interested in their book, only ever wanting to talk about their book, trying to twist every other group conversation into something to do with their book…(as in)… "This is an interesting topic... blah blah this is my book"
7. And people should introduce themselves first. You know, "Hello I am so and so, I like these books…" and try not to mention the fact they are an author for five seconds.
(Here's an example of what NOT to say)
"I am a big fan of James Patterson books and I have written so and so which I think is very good too." It's just SO cheesy and fake. And who are you to say your book is good or as good as some top-named author?
8. GoodReads is first and foremost for readers I think authors on GR should think of themselves as readers first and maybe get to know the group first before posting to it.
Also try to actually pay attention to where (within a group's topics) they should post such advertisements. Some groups, such as TNBBC (The Next Best Book Club) have special folders. Others of course may not but it doesn't take long, much thought or much intelligence to actually look.
For instance... the Important Messages folder (on TNBBC) is for group messages/information from Lori (the group owner) not for authors to advertise their books.
People should check out the group rules and with the new group rules feature on GR I don't think there is an excuse not to do so. At least look at the group description before doing anything! Anyone can make a mistake, but it feels very annoying that people can't be bothered to at least think a little bit before acting.
I can't imagine that friend requests or private message solicitations gain authors enough royalties that it's worth their time."
And more than that, her posts are all poorly written with run-on fragmentary sentences, little to no punctuation and misspelled words.
That's the worst thing that authors can do, in my opinion. If I can't read or understand the post you made ABOUT the book, why in the world would I want to read the actual book? An editor can only do so much."
And therefore, they post their "advertising" anywhere and everywhere they can, and then get their feelings hurt when people, like group moderators or vigilant and active members, ask them not to."