Adding social media buttons to your Goodreads author profile

Your Goodreads author profile is much more versatile than it might first appear. 🙂

The ‘biography’ field supports HTML, so while that does mean you can do nifty things like format words in bold or italics (although not change the font color, alas), it also means you can provide links to images or other websites. This gives you the ability to add buttons which link to your various social media profiles, your website, your favorite cat videos on YouTube…the only limit is your imagination!

If you have a website already set up, you probably have social media buttons that look something like this, where each button takes you to the appropriate website.

You can set up the same type of thing on your Goodreads author profile with a little bit of very simple HTML. Here’s an example of the end result.

Note that you can use any image you want, and link to anything that floats your boat – it doesn’t have to be just buttons linking to social media pages. Just be mindful of how this will look to the reader. Plus the Goodreads librarians might not appreciate you linking to images of dinosaur photos – unless perhaps you write books about dinosaurs. 🙂

Steps

  • Edit the author data on your Goodreads author page.
  • Look for a section called ‘biography.’
  • Add the appropriate HTML (see below) to this section.
    Note that you can add the buttons anywhere, but they’re going to be more noticeable and recognizable to the reader if they’re displayed at the top, just under the other summary data about you.
  • Click save.
  • Verify that the result looks correct, and make sure to test the links.

HTML text

For each button you link to, you’ll enter HTML that looks something like this in the “biography” field.

<a href="http://facebook.com/your.author.page">
<img src="http://url.to.images/facebook.png"></a>

If you are adding multiple buttons, like in the screenshot above, you don’t need to add spaces or newlines in between them. For example:

<a href="http://facebook.com/your.author.page">
<img src="http://url.to.images/facebook.png"></a><a href="http://twitter.com/your.author.name">
<img src="http://url.to.images/twitter.png"></a>

Where to find images

I created a new directory on my website to hold the images I’m already using elsewhere because I wanted to use the same images in all places. I also wanted to maintain my own copies of the images so that I could easily modify them if I chose.

That might not be an option for you, or you might not have the same type of control issues. 🙂 If you’d like to link to icons maintained by someone else, Michael J. Sullivan has been kind enough to provide access to his icons. You can find instructions on how to access them, as well as a much more in-depth description of this entire process, in a document he’s put together called Creating contact icons in a Goodreads profile page.

Michael’s Goodreads author page is an excellent example of how you can add buttons and other relevant images to your profile. Michael and his wife/business partner Robin talked about this topic, as well as a number of other interesting ways to use Goodreads, when they were interviewed on Stephen Campbell’s Author Biz podcast..

   
 

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Bundle story: “All the Retros at the New Cotton Club” by DeAnna Knippling

Bernice had a good life with Bobby. She mighta been the second wife but to him she was number one. Then he died of cancer—something that not even the modern docs who could treat a ninety-year-old man to look like he was twenty-five again could cure.

Most of the money went to his kids. She’d get a house and enough to live really good on if she hosted an illegal copy of his A.I. for three years—his “ghost.”

It was almost like having him back. They could go to underground clubs and hang out with the other A.I.s who were slumming it with the living. She could see him, talk to him, feel his touch—

And hide him from the people who were lookin’ for him. And who mighta just found out where he was hidden…

“All the Retros at the New Cotton Club” is in the Haunted bundle. You can learn more on BundleRabbit, Goodreads, and the bundle’s Facebook page.


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DeAnna Knippling is a writer, a parent, and an overthinker who boldly paranoids where no one has paranoided before. Her superpower is speed reading. She ghostwrites novels for fun and profit. She has an essay in the award-winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! collection. She has had stories published in Penumbra, Three-Lobed Burning Eye, Black Static, and more. Her latest novel, Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts, comes out of her obsession with all things Alice. She writes books for middle-graders as De Kenyon.


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How to claim a title as your book on Amazon

If a book is not showing up on your Amazon author page, you need to ‘claim’ the book as yours.

This can happen even if your name is listed as an author on the book’s page. In this situation you can search for your name and the title and the book will come up, but it won’t be listed on your Amazon author page.

Another way this can occur is if you’re one of more than 10 authors participating in an anthology, box set, etc. Amazon’s interface only allows 10 names to be entered for each ebook title, and additional names must be added later.

If either situation applies to you, don’t despair! 🙂

Here’s how to claim your book.

  • Log in to Amazon Author Central.
  • Click on Books in the menu at the top of the page.
  • If the book is missing from your list of titles, click the button labeled Add more books.
  • Search for the book.
  • Once you’ve found it, click the button underneath it that reads This is my book.
  • A screen will pop up listing the names of the authors in that book.
    • If your name is in this list, select it.
    • If your name is not in this list:
      • Look in the Need your name added? section and click on the contact us link.
      • Fill out their form.
      • Wait a little bit (maybe as long as a day).
  • Shazam! The book will be listed on your Amazon author page!

Note that if there are more than ten authors, your name will still not appear on the list of names on the book’s page, but the book will appear on your author page.

Reference: Amazon’s help page on this topic.

   
 

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New Bundle: Haunted

The Haunted bundle is now available!

If you purchase The Haunted Bundle on the BundleRabbit website, you can choose to donate a percentage of the purchase price to either World Vets or Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The bundle can also be purchased on Kobo, Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

This collection was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and contains stories about ghosts, hauntings, and mysterious things by Alexandra Brandt, Rebecca M. Senese, Dayle A. Dermatis, Leah Cutter, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Chuck Heintzelman, Deb Logan, Steve Vernon, Dean Wesley Smith, DeAnna Knippling, Brigid Collins, J. A. Campbell, Mark Leslie, Jaime Lee Moyer, Louisa Swann, Valerie Brook, T. Thorn Coyle, P. D. Cacek, Jamie Ferguson, and J. Daniel Sawyer.

More information on the authors and the stories will be appearing on the bundle’s Facebook page. You can also check out the bundle’s Goodreads page.

 
Have you ever felt as though someone was watching you, but when you turned around no one was there?

How many times have you been unable to find something, then it later turned up in the exact place you’d searched over and over?

Why does your cat act as though it’s staring at something, even though you can’t see anything?

Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean there isn’t something there…

But don’t worry. Ghosts aren’t real.

Or are they?

   
 

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New Bundle: The Witches’ Brew

The Witches’ Brew bundle is now available on BundleRabbit!

This collection of twenty witchy short stories was curated by Jamie Ferguson, and includes stories by Annie Reed, Bonnie Elizabeth, Brigid Collins, Dayle A. Dermatis, DeAnna Knippling, Debbie Mumford, Eric Kent Edstrom, Jamie Ferguson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Leslie Claire Walker, Lisa Silverthorne, Louisa Swann, Liz Pierce, Rebecca M. Senese, Ron Collins, Sephera Giron, Steve Vernon, T. Thorn Coyle, Thea Hutcheson, and Valerie Brook.

More information on the authors and the stories will be appearing on the bundle’s Facebook page.

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Magic sparks and cauldrons bubble;
Potions bring love, and curses bring trouble.

What if magic could help track down a murderer?

Can a young, untrained witch save her people from a dark wizard – and at what cost to herself?

Does a young woman’s dreams really predict the future? If so, is there any way to change what she foresees?

And what might an independent young witch look for when house hunting?

Witches. Warlocks. Wizards. Familiars…

Enter twenty different worlds of magic and enchantment.

   
 

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New Release: Bewitchery


A WITCH BEWITCHED.

Ceana wakes up one summer morning with the realization that she’s in love with Gideon Smith. This makes complete sense to her in spite of the fact that she’s disliked Gideon since the day they met.

All these years she’s been hiding from her true feelings, afraid to admit to herself how much she cares for him.

Or has she?

Finally Ceana realizes she’s under a love spell. But who caused her to fall for someone she doesn’t even like? And why?


Bewitchery, a short novella, is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.

   
 

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