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Tech Tip #172: Create series on Goodreads

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: I write series but Goodreads doesn’t group them that way. Can I fix that?

Thanks for this from blogger friend, Cathleen Townsend:

First click the little edit button at the lower right-hand corner of your book. That’ll bring up the page you normally use to tweak a blurb. Below that, and on the same screen, there’s a section titled Work Settings. It has the original title, pub date, type of media, characters, and then series.

There, you’ll find a link to add new a series.

For me, it worked brilliantly:


Cathleen and I are both Goodreads librarians. When I searched for how-tos on this (a video would have been nice), it sounded like you had to be a librarian to make this happen. This is easy to do:

  • volunteer
  • no commitment of time

Goodreads instructions to Librarians

Here’s what Goodreads tells its Librarians about creating series:

To those who wish to create a new series or edit an existing series (which will then appear on your author profile under Series by), you’ll need help from one of our volunteer librarians. Post in the Goodreads Librarians Group here.

Creating a new series:

    1. Check if a series has already been created for the books in question. Please do not add a new series for each language the books have been published in, unless the numbering of the books differs from that of the existing series.
    2. Find a book in the series.
    3. From the book’s edit page, scroll down to series and click add.
    4. In the edit series page, put in the series name.
    5. Still in the edit series page, click add book and search for the other books in the series.
    6. Add all of those books.
    7. Save the series.

Adding a book to a series that has previously been created:

    1. Find a new book which should be added to the series.
    2. Memorize it (or just leave the record open in a different tab).
    3. Find a different book that’s already in the series.
    4. Click on the series name in its title.
    5. Click on edit to open the series for editing.
    6. Click add book, search for the new book, and add it.
    7. Save the series.

Am I confusing? Anyone try it who isn’t a librarian? Does it work?

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.

45 thoughts on “Tech Tip #172: Create series on Goodreads

  1. This is good to know, Jacqui. I am planning a series of three books which will all be standalone reads but of different generations of a family. It is good to know about this feature. How do you remove excess copies of books added on Goodreads? I have created a few ‘mistake’ entries and can’t for the life of me find a way of removing them. I don’t want to combine them with another copy, I prefer to delete them completely.

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    • I think your Sir Chocolate books would all benefit from being seen as a series, don’t you think?

      Combining–I just looked at Sir Chocolate and the Strawberry Cream Berries (great rating). It shows ‘other editions’ and under that ‘combine’. Click that and it’ll let you merge the editions so you only have one. I’ve done it to a few of mine!


  2. I may have to take you up on that series help, Jacqui. Not now, but later, when you’re not working day and night on your latest novel. Oh dear, I just realized that this may never happen. You are always writing the next novel. But I’m happy about that. I love reading them.

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