How to List Your Book on Goodreads

By Team Azuni

Goodreads is a popular online community for book lovers, offering a platform for readers to discover new books, share their thoughts, and connect with authors. If you’re an author looking to promote your book and engage with a passionate reader base, listing your book on Goodreads can be highly beneficial. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of listing your book on Goodreads, ensuring that your work reaches a wide audience and gains visibility among avid readers.

Create an Author Account

To get started, visit the Goodreads website and sign up for an author account. If you already have a regular user account, you can easily convert it to an author account. Provide the necessary information, including your name, biography, and profile picture. This account will serve as your professional presence on the platform, allowing you to interact with readers, share updates, and showcase your work.

Add Your Book

Once your author account is set up, you can proceed to add your book to Goodreads. On your author dashboard, navigate to the “Books” tab and select “Add a New Book.” Enter the book’s details, such as the title, author name, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), publication date, and book cover image. Make sure to provide an engaging book description that accurately represents your work and captivates potential readers.

Customize Your Book Page

Goodreads allows you to personalize your book’s page to make it more appealing to readers. Upload additional images, such as author photos or illustrations related to the book. You can also include book trailers, excerpts, and links to your website or social media profiles. Additionally, take advantage of Goodreads’ features like quotes and quizzes to engage readers and generate interest in your book.

Engage with Readers

Goodreads thrives on community engagement, and as an author, it’s essential to connect with readers. Respond to messages, comments, and reviews, showing appreciation for readers’ feedback and answering any questions they may have. Participate in book discussions, join author groups, and consider hosting giveaways to spark interest in your work. Engaging actively with readers not only helps build a loyal following but also fosters a sense of connection and encourages word-of-mouth promotion.

Leverage Goodreads Author Program

Goodreads offers an Author Program that provides additional promotional opportunities. Once you’ve listed your book on the platform, sign up for the Author Program to access features like the ability to create events, run advertisements, and participate in Ask the Author sessions. These resources can significantly enhance your book’s visibility and help you connect with a larger audience. Keep your author profile and book information updated regularly, ensuring that readers have access to the most accurate and current details.

Listing your book on Goodreads is a valuable step in your journey as an author, enabling you to connect with a passionate community of readers and gain exposure for your work. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that your book is presented effectively on Goodreads, increasing its visibility and attracting potential readers. Remember to actively engage with readers, leverage the available promotional features, and continue to update your book information. Goodreads offers an incredible platform for authors to connect, share, and celebrate the joy of reading, so make the most of this opportunity to showcase your literary masterpiece.

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5 Writing Tools All New Authors Need to Use

By Team Azuni

You’ve just finished writing your first book. Congratulations! Even though the hard part is over, you’re not quite done yet. In order to make sure your book is the best it can be, you need to use some writing tools to help you edit and format your work. Here are some of these handy tools:


Scrivener is a powerful writing program that can help you organize your thoughts and ideas. It’s perfect for writers who are working on long-form projects like books or articles. Scrivener isn’t free, but there is a free trial available so you can try it before you buy it.


Evernote is a versatile tool that can be used for everything from taking notes to organizing research. If you’re the type of writer who likes to keep everything in one place, Evernote is the tool for you. Plus, it’s free.


Zotero is a citation management tool that can help you keep track of all the sources you use for your book. It’s perfect for writers who are working on non-fiction books or articles. Zotero has both a free and paid version, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.


Freedom is an application that helps you focus on your writing by blocking distractions like social media sites and email inboxes. Freedom allows you to customize the types of sites and applications that you want to block so that you can stay focused on what’s important–writing your book.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a versatile, cloud-based word processing application that offers all the features you need to write a book, including real-time collaboration, version history, and commenting. Plus, it’s free to use! If you’re not already using Google Docs for your writing projects, now is the time to start.

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10 Most Important Tools every New Author Needs when Writing a Book

By Team Azuni

Writing a book can be a daunting task, especially for new authors. However, there are several tools available that can help make the process smoother and more efficient. In this article, we will discuss ten essential tools that every new author needs when writing a book.

Word Processor

A word processor is a must-have tool for any author. It allows you to create and edit your manuscript easily. Some of the most popular word processors include Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice Writer. Choose one that suits your needs and budget.

Grammar and Spell Checker

While word processors come with built-in spell-checking tools, they may not catch all the errors in your manuscript. Consider investing in a separate grammar and spell checker like Grammarly or Hemingway. These tools can help you catch more complex errors and improve the readability of your manuscript.

Writing Software

Writing software like Scrivener can help you organize your manuscript into chapters, sections, and scenes. It also allows you to keep track of characters, settings, and other important details. Scrivener is a popular choice among authors, but there are several other options available.

Research Tools

If you’re writing a non-fiction book, you’ll need to conduct extensive research. Tools like Google Scholar, JSTOR, and ResearchGate can help you find reliable sources for your research. You can also use reference management tools like Zotero or EndNote to organize your sources.

Mind Mapping Software

Mind mapping software like MindMeister or XMind can help you brainstorm and organize your ideas. You can create a visual representation of your manuscript and link related ideas. This tool can help you see the big picture and identify any gaps or inconsistencies in your manuscript.

Writing Prompts

Writer’s block is a common problem for many authors. Writing prompts can help you overcome this problem by giving you a starting point for your writing. There are several websites and books available that offer writing prompts. Alternatively, you can create your own prompts based on your interests and experiences.

Writing Groups

Joining a writing group can be a great way to get feedback on your manuscript and connect with other authors. You can share your work with other writers and receive constructive criticism. There are several online writing groups available, or you can start your own group with friends or colleagues.

Time Management

Tools Writing a book requires a significant time commitment. Time management tools like Trello, Asana, or RescueTime can help you manage your time more efficiently. You can create a schedule, set deadlines, and track your progress.

Inspiration Boards

Inspiration boards can help you visualize your manuscript and stay motivated. You can create a physical or digital board and fill it with images, quotes, and other items that inspire you. Pinterest is a popular platform for creating digital inspiration boards.

Accountability Partners

An accountability partner can help you stay on track and meet your writing goals. Choose someone who is also working on a writing project and schedule regular check-ins. You can share your progress and offer each other support and encouragement.

Book Review: Napoleon – Way of the Conqueror: 7 Leadership Lessons He Used & Abused By Mark Weeks

By Tonny Wandella

Napoleon – Way of the Conqueror: 7 Leadership Lessons He Used & Abused, author Mark Weeks transports readers back to the height of Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign, exploring both the legendary conqueror’s rise to power and his ultimate downfall. Through a masterful blend of historical fact and vivid fiction, Weeks brings to life the complex and charismatic leader who dominated Europe for over a decade.

Drawing on extensive research and a deep understanding of Napoleon’s life and times, Weeks provides a captivating account of the great leader’s tactics, strategies, and methods of persuasion. Along the way, he identifies seven key lessons that made Napoleon such a formidable conqueror, and shows how these same lessons can be applied to modern leadership challenges.

Whether you are a history buff or simply fascinated by the rise and fall of one of the greatest leaders in history, Napoleon – Way of the Conqueror: 7 Leadership Lessons He Used & Abused will leave you with a new appreciation for the man and the era. With its blend of factual history and thrilling fiction, this book will transport you back in time and bring you face-to-face with one of the most iconic figures in history. So, come and immerse yourself in the story of Napoleon and discover the lessons that made him a conqueror and the secrets that brought him down.

How to Develop Mental Endurance and Strength

By Remez Sasson

We all face various challenges each day, at home, at work, at the store and on the street. Many of them are just minor challenges, with which we deal automatically and easily, but some of them require strategy, thinking and mental endurance.

You need mental endurance if you work in an uncongenial environment, or if you have a demanding boss. You also need mental endurance when dealing with your teenagers, taking care of elderly parents, or when you do business with difficult people.

We meet challenges every day, and therefore, we must learn to build mental endurance and stamina on a daily basis.

  • Mental endurance does not mean passivity.
  • It does not mean giving up.
  • It does not mean giving in to suffering.

On the contrary, it means mental strength.

It is the ability to exercise inner strength in everyday life, and the ability to deal effectively with all challenges. This requires a certain degree of willpower, self-discipline, and perseverance.

  • We must learn to keep our mind focused upon what we are doing, and not let it get distracted.
  • We should also not give in to unreasonable or unjust demands from people.
  • We must learn to stay on the road that leads to our goals, no matter how tough the going is.

When we build mental endurance, we teach ourselves never to quit what we are doing. Our mental endurance keeps us going, even when our body is tired or when we are bored, and despite the difficulties and challenges we might face.

Tips on How to Develop Mental Endurance and Strength

You can increase your inner strength,resilience and toughness, and become a tower of strength. This website aims at helping you become stronger.

1. You can improve your mental endurance in the same way that an athlete improves his or her physical endurance, by practicing suitable mental exercises.

If you wish to learn how to gain control of your mind and thinking process, I recommend that you read and practice the exercises in the book Focus Your Attention.

Mental exercises challenge the brain, strengthen it, and build endurance. They also strengthen the concentration and the memory.

2. You can exercise your brain and mind in various ways and develop mental endurance. One way is through solving puzzles and crosswords, since they require that you use your head and remember facts, vocabulary and details.

3. Certain video games can also challenge your mind and brain, as well as games that require you to use your memory or plan ahead, such as Sudoku or chess.

4. Physical exercises are important not only for the body, but also for the brain, since they send more oxygen and blood to the brain.

5. Focusing your attention on your activities, improves your concentration, self discipline and mental endurance.

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Genghis Khan’s Elixir

By Mark Weeks – Author of Code of the Conqueror – The Journey

Many, many blood-thirsty moons ago in the year 1222, the Great Khan readied himself to meet with the Master Taoist, Changchun; who was said to be three hundred years old and held the elixir of life in his palms.

Genghis, approaching sixty, had grown painfully aware of his own mortality with every passing season. And now, intrigued by his chief-advisor, Yelu-Chucai’s incessant claims that the Master could teach him the secrets of longevity, requested an audience.

After nearly four years of traveling the grasslands of Central Asia and covering some ten-thousand kilometres from his temple on the Shandong peninsula, the time had finally arrived for the Master to reveal all.

Inside the great yurt, with the heat of early summer pressing down upon them in the Afghan mountains, the Great Khan welcomed his guest. Genghis sat cross-legged on a broad gold throne, his hair, moustache and goatee were now completely white. But, his eyes still blazed as they had always done, fierce enough to paralyse the boldest of hearts.

They spoke through an interpreter, as the frail Master described himself as a mere hermit of the mountains and pronounced it was the will of Heaven that they that they should finally meet. The privileged onlookers had difficulty in seeing who was more in awe of the other.

Genghis asked respectfully, ‘What medicine of Long Life have you brought me from afar?’ The Master replied, ‘I have means of protecting life, but no elixir that will prolong it.’

Far from being distraught, the Great Khan was pleased with the Master’s candour and instead readied himself for the main purpose of the trip, as conceived by Yelu-Chucai. And, this was to receive the Holy Immortal, as Genghis called him, and accept instruction on good living and good ruling. This, he believed would energise his whole being. The visit culminated in a discourse by Changchun on the Dao, the Way that underpins all things in Heaven and Earth.

In November 1222 Genghis had part of this discourse recorded for history in both Mongolian and Chinese, which reads…

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How to Keep Your Goals on Track

By Tonny Wandella

You were ecstatic to keep track of your objectives. Of course, that feels like a long time ago, and let’s be honest, the zeal has faded a little. You’re frustrated because your goals were either difficult to remember, didn’t feel relevant to your task, or just skipped your mind when you were working hard. You could assume that making objectives isn’t for you, but that isn’t the case. Here’s how to get back on track with your goals right now.

Here Are some ways that can help you stay focused on your goals:

Listen To Your Self-Conversation.

Since you are the one who is listening, how you speak to yourself is crucial. Many of us make the mistake of focusing on what we don’t want, thus increasing our chances of derailment. When you’re driving a car, where does the automobile deviate if you’re concentrating on the tree you don’t want to strike instead of the centre of the road? “I’m glad to feel good each day,” rather than the “I’m wary of being unwell,” remark. Rather than focusing on your low pay, say something like, “I am open to new opportunities to earn money.”

Visualize Your Dreams.

Do you have a strong desire to travel to Italy? Do you want to get stronger by trying a new workout? By the end of the year, have you found love? You can construct a virtual vision board of images that motivate and inspire you (in minutes!) using Pinterest. Allow yourself to be moved by the photographs, and be willing to include ones that pique your interest in unexpected ways.

Gain Clarity

The term “clarity” refers to the goals that have been set, implying that you understand precisely what you want to accomplish. When a goal is defined, it is easier to determine when it has been met. Setting a broad objective, such as “exercise more,” on the other hand, is less inspiring and more difficult to determine when the goal has been met. Has the aim been met if you “exercise more” just one day a week? How frequently would you like to work out? How long will you be there? What does “more” mean to you?

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Win A Voice Over


By Tonny Wandella

Haunting giggles of ancient saints locked up in sculptors,
Or the blessed aura flecked with confessed sins
Of forgiven flocks, are all housed in an empty cathedral near town.
Whose bell has a gong that makes the town hide away all its weekly mischief.
I remember seeing breadcrumps being hoarded away by
Relentless ants,
Clearing a forlorn alter painted in wine and burdened with silver.
As a reminder of our wayward ways, a deity hangs on the cross above the alter: magnified by anguish and blood.
And the Brother saying all our misdeeds had been pardoned, but everyone understand it is only a week’s amnesty, well until the next gong.

When all the rows and columns have been conspicuously occupied; based on ranks and banks.
Well into the summon when a baby wails and a senior snores.
When the wind passes quite often and my sister keeps on fanning.
Well when it is time to pay our dues; a dime or tithe: it is then when the banks and ranks bloom.
And the squalor wilt in feigned meditation; cursing the devil that is lack.

I kneel, as I nibble away my bread but a lost soul, mired by my own judgement.
Blaming those malleable scriptures, worse, when the Brother’s deep desires are like a farnace, while his camouflaged intentions a hummer:
and so he shapes the WORD to appease the ranks and banks and scorn then mock the squalor.
Saying, ‘all are equal in the eyes of the lord.’

I kneel a terrible sinner as the gong comes alive with a rendition rife with melancholy.
Perhaps with an insight of the emptiness of our hometown cathedral.
And the choir rages on with a hymn; while we sing along.


By Tonny Wandella

Satisfaction impedes hunger and colors any feign.
When their bellies run dry; they commence to flog
You to a noose; then hand you to teeth: such task they deign.
Be gallant; however, let the axe split the log.
Saunter ahead, and sing a brave song,
Feed such beasts; but never run out of meat.
For they won’t wait for long,
Be quick, do what need be done, your zeal bestir
Before they churn you out; before you suss the game.
Feed such beasts; but listen to the gong,
Be alert all the same.
And if they pretend to besot you do not belong,
When their spite rages on, do not blanch: this pain
Is another stream to cross: to the other bank: to reign.


By Tonny Wandella

I remember, pangs of the aftermath have forced me to…
As if it would be quenched, I dipped my flute in a glass of beaming yellow hues.
Which refracted away its soulful stead; and found it rather hefty and pensive.
It was clogged with honey: the same remedy only bitter.
As it drenched my tongue which bribed my blues to be better.

I picked up the flute and blew a tune,
Oh! Thanks to that hallowed song that was a rumbling hymn.
A toss! To the crumbling tune, a toss! To my tumbling sobriety! I belched.
And the crown of it all: a stagger made it easier for me to dance to my incoherent thoughts,
while I howled my philosophies of freedom.

I picked up the whiskey clogged flute and blew away the tunes of morning birds,
anthems of my true nature and dirges of vanity.
‘Well that is a glaze in your eyes not a sparkle.’ said a voice.
And I, muddled on imaginary ponds tried vainly evading pacing trenches.

My destination, the enigmatic blur hidden in the depth of swirling liquor.
Woe unto him, his woes have baptized him in whiskey and smoke.
Said the stares of my spent conscious and hypocritical strangers.
But I wield it: the glass; sipped it, flinched and spewed all my follies into laughter.
Then nestled my flute and felt it purr in my arms while I fell into the arms of numbness.