Goodreads is responsible for 90% of the publicity that my book receives. I honestly don't know where else I would be able to so shamelessly pimp my own book, other than this--my personal blog, or the deep dark abyss that is Twitter. I really cannot stress how grateful I am to have a fabulous site like Goodreads.
But I hate it. Goodreads will probably give me an ulcer one day. If for some reason I pass in a freak accident, Goodreads was probably at fault. Just kidding. Sort of .
What I don't like about Goodreads is that they don't care if anyone has read your book. They have too many books to deal with, and frankly, they don't give a rat's ass whether or not the ratings on the site are legitimate. And honestly, I wouldn't care either if I were a site admin. At the end of the day, it's not a big deal. BUT, for self pub writers like myself, the ratings do hurt when they're bad. More often than not, they are delivered sans criticism, which leaves a writer to wonder if this person actually read their book or not. I personally check hourly, and have moped around the host like a tween who has just finished reading Breaking Dawn because of bad ratings. I never said I was thick skinned, but I don't think I need to be. People are allowed to be sensitive, and when negative ratings are given without explanation it's really upsetting. I have so few ratings as it is, and every single one affects me.
I try not to let it bring me down, but anyone who has been in this position has to agree that it sucks.
Still, I am grateful for Goodreads and all its perks, such as its FABULOUS ability to let you give paper copes of your book away to readers who enter to win! And I would be honored if anyone reading this post decided to enter to win my book.