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Playing and Promoting with Listopia

Listopia, how I love thee. Let me count the ways.


I have a confession to make. I LOVE lists. I love to make lists. I love to check things off lists. And I love to read lists. I also happen to love books, so when I discovered Listopia on Goodreads, I was pretty much in Ripley heaven.

If you’re not familiar with Listopia it is a feature of Goodreads that lists books by just about every category you could imagine. Listopia also allows you to start your own book lists, vote for books on pre-existing lists, and generally just have a great listy time of it.

There are fairly normal reading lists like Best Biographies, Best Young Adult Book, and Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once.  But I like to hunt down and peruse the more obscure lists like Misleading Book Titles, Werewolf Mashups, or The Most Polarizing Books of All Time. Honestly, I could waste days just reading all the lists and marveling over how many ways one can categorize their reading.


Now, reading Listopia lists from the perspective of a reader is lots of fun, but reading them from the perspective of a writer is also very informative. It can really help you think about how readers view your book. What lists and categories are they putting it in? If they aren’t adding it to lists, why not? And if they did, what lists would you want it to appear in? And which lists do you NOT want your book on (ie Worst Books Ever Written)?


One of the wonderful things about Listopia is that you can add your own books to a list, either books you’ve read that fit that list or, if you are a writer, the books you’ve published.  I’ve had such a fun time looking for lists that Ghost Hand would fit under and adding it to them.  Here’s a list of categories to look under to list your own books.

  1. By genre and subgenre.

  2. By release year or month.

  3. By topics covered or touched on in your book.

  4. By type of author (ie Indie, unknown, well-known)

  5. By type of main character (ie Alpha Male, Kick-Ass heroine)

  6. By color or content of the cover (ie books with a hand on the cover)

  7. Point of view used (ie first person)

  8. Position in a series (ie second book in a series)

  9. Length of the book (novel, novella, or page/word count)

  10. By author (ie books by Ripley Patton)

And there are so many categories the options are basically endless.


I’ve said it before. I’m an Indie author and as such I have to promote myself. No one is going to do it for me (except some of you amazing friend and fans, of course).  And maybe, at first glance, you don’t see how Listopia can be a promotional tool, but I promise you, it can be.


First, the more places your book is visible the better, and people do peruse the Listipia lists just like I do looking for books similar to the ones they love or even something completely new. I’ve heard it said that a person has to see an unfamiliar book 3-7 times before they are likely to buy it. So, be sure to add your book to some appropriate lists where it will be seen. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re being redundant, because that is sort of the point. The more lists a reader sees your book on the better.

Promotional Pairing

If you’re a new author like me, not many people know your name or your book. They don’t know what it is about or if they’ll like your writing style. But, if they see your book in a list alongside books they’ve already read and loved, they have some context for trusting your book. They will think, “Oh, it’s like such-and-such by that famous author. I’d probably like that.” This is valuable promotional pairing and something new authors hope but rarely get. But on Listopia, all you have to do is add your book.

Gaining the Notice of Book Clubs

You might not be aware, but Goodreads is a treasure trove of book clubs. I happen to belong to several Young Adult Book Clubs, an Apocalyptic Fiction book club, several Indie Book clubs, and so on.  These clubs are great for meeting people who love to read what you read, to discover new books and new authors, and to participate in reading challenges.  The reading challenges and books of the month (BOM) are usually voted on by the club members, but many times these have a theme. For example, in February it is popular to have a love theme or choose a book with a red cover or something like that. And where does one go to find a bunch of books with red covers or love themes? Listopia, of course. Having your book on Listpia in various lists increased your chances of gaining the notice of the book clubs.

Call to Action

Now, if you liked this post, go forth and make lists on Listopia. You can also show your appreciation by Sharing this, liking my Facbook Author Page, adding me to your Goodreads friends, or adding and voting for Ghost Hand on a few of your favorite lists.

Stay tuned for my next post in the Listopia series. “Current Trends and Your Book Cover”



Ripley Patton lives in a 22-foot camper in the woods of Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.

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