So, as aspiring writers (and indeed some of you may already be published authors) we build websites and blogs and twitter and Facebook, and mainly we network with similar folk: Writers. This is great for support, advice, camaraderie, and all that stuff. But how do we expand beyond that to reach our target audience: Readers.
If you already have an established readership I can see how having a place for these people to gather, to have questions answered, their interest stimulated and generally galvanized for the next book is an obvious thing to do. But when you’re setting out to establish your ‘platform’ where do you go to find people who are into the stuff you are into?
I enjoy the company of my fellow writers, but I wonder sometimes if it isn’t a little closed off. I’m thinking there must be non-corporate sites where books are reviewed and recommended in a community that discusses stuff openly and objectively.
Is Goodreads the main place? Perhaps there other similar/better sites, forums, message boards (do these still exist?).
Would love to know your thoughts and suggestions (you don't have to be involved in the blogfest to comment).