What is Shelfari?
Shelfari is an online book site that was started by Amazon several years ago. It was set up to be similar to Goodreads which is now also an Amazon company. You can list the books you are reading, post reviews, rate books, connect with readers and writers, and find new books to read.
How to Use it
Start out by making your sure your book is on it. If you publish your book through Amazon, the odds are that it will already be there. But it never hurts to check it out and make sure. Never assume as it will only bite you in the end. If your book is not there, get it added. Don’t forget to include a book cover.
Set up an author profile.
This is something that can easily get missed if you have your account and basic profile set up. Your author profile is different. This is where you stand yourself out as a writer and link to your author site and connect any other books you have written. If I like your books, I’ll go to your author page to learn more about you and find more books of yours to read.
This is important with all of these sites that are based on sharing and social interaction. Find groups that you are interested to start with. As you get comfortable using the site, find the groups that are more closely related to the genre, style or format of the book you are working on. If your book is a romance, find romance writer’s groups or even book clubs. Find groups that are relevant.
Joining the groups is just an act. It does nothing aside from give you a slight presence. You now need to participate. That means posting something. Great! Now do more than just post. Interact. Comment on other people’s posts.
Create your own group. After you have gotten familiar with the site and the groups, consider creating your own group. Do you notice that a group on writing resources is needed? Then create one. I wouldn’t exactly establish your own fan club here yet.
Wait until you have more of a following.
Like any other site, you have to get in it and play around. Experiment. Watch and learn. It can only help in the exposure of your writing.