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84 Distinct Works

A reader e-mailed me and asked how many books/stories I’ve had published.

I went blank. I honestly had no idea. I stopped counting a long time ago. I’m like that. If you ask me the name of a character in a book I wrote a year ago I have to go look it up. I think this is because I believe in looking forward, not backward.

But I wanted to answer the reader, so I checked out goodreads.com and sure enough, they have a round about figure. According the them, I have “84 distinct works.” I think there are more published works, but those works would go back to pre-computer days when I first started out. There are also tons of magazine pieces I’ve done, both in the US and in Europe. (I love working with magazines: they pay great flat fees, the editors are really cool, and you don’t have to put up with any bullshit.)

But here’s the link to goodreads.com if you’re curious. I hope the info there is correct. But then I didn’t do it so you can blame goodreads if it’s not correct (smile).

Catching Up With Goodreads Requests…

I just wanted to mention that I’m always in the process of catching up with requests from readers over at goodreads.com. I may not do it daily. But I do get there at least once a week to check my friend requests and messages. Today there were about twenty-seven, so I wanted to post about it right now in case anyone wonders why it takes me so long to respond.

I’m also still figuring out how a lot of things on goodreads work. Up until four years ago, I was still submitting my manuscripts in hard copy to publishers by snail mail. I’m still getting used to certain social media sites. But I’m working on it all the time, especially when it comes to friend requests and personal messages over at goodreads. And if by chance I miss something on goodreads.com feel free to e-mail me at the address posted on this blog. I’m fast when it comes to e-mail.

Quora…How Does Goodreads Make Money…Otis Chandler, Founder of Goodreads.com

I’ve already posted about Quora once this week, so I’ll keep this one short. In case you haven’t heard, Quora is a new question and answer information/social network, and I’m really enjoying it. Very simple to join and easy to navigate. You can add questions of your own or answer previously posted questions by others. You can also interact by leaving comments to answers.

You never know what you’re going to find. Like this morning I found out how goodreads.com makes money. It’s actually something I’ve always been curious about. And, you get to see what Otis Chandler, founder of goodreads.com, looks like…the photo above is what was posted at the comment on Quora, so if it isn’t really Otis (you never know on the web), not my fault.

How does Goodreads make money?

Otis Chandler, Founder of Goodreads
Founder of Goodreads Goodreads
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Joseph Quattrocchi, Spencer Thompson, Patrick Brown, (more)Joseph Quattrocchi, Spencer Thompson, Patrick Brown, Kevin Smokler, David Creechan and Colette Dill Lerner
We are a media business, and make money primarily on advertising and affiliate revenue (a cut of book sales from major booksellers such as Amazon). We work with all major book publishers and many mid-majors to help them launch their books to our audience of book readers. We are really focused on the problem of helping authors http://www.goodreads.com/author/… connect to readers – which is super important, especially as self-publishing and the internet are stripping away tradition book filters and ways people find books.