How to Rescue your Book on Goodreads

This blog will explain how to rescue your book from being removed on Goodreads.

Previously, Goodreads received information from Amazon such as book descriptions, author and publisher info, and book covers.


You can, however, rescue your book by following these steps:

In order for you to edit the details of a book, you must first verify with Goodreads you are the author of the book. Do this by clicking your author name on the Goodreads book page, scroll down to the bottom and click "Is this you?" Goodreads will send you an email to confirm and then in a day or two Goodreads will verify you are the author of the book and allow you to edit the details.

Got your Goodreads account verified? Then follow these steps....
First, gather all the important information, such as publication date and product description. Also, have a picture file (.jpg or .png) of your cover image save to your hard drive.

Next, go to your book's page on Goodreads (if you don't have it bookmarked, go to and search for the title of your book at the top)

On your book, search for "edit details" under the product description (it's small and gray)

You may or may not be directed to a page that reads "Rescue the book with ISBN/ASIN #....." 

If NOT - your book is safe

If SO - the screen will look like this:

Fill out the details in the fields. 

NOTE: Do NOT use Amazon as the source URL. I used my publisher's web address. You could use another site's url if you book is currently published through Barnes and Noble or another book site. If you are the author, I personally think you could use your own website as the source url (since it's your book!). Possibly even or another book information site, though I haven't tried it.

NOTE: The url may have to be written with http://www.(site).com for Goodreads to accept it.

I'll be happy to help if you have more questions. I also love meeting new authors on Goodreads! Find me on Facebook (Danielle Raver, Author)

Character Sketch Contest ~ Print Edition Giveaway

Do you have a favorite character from BROTHER BETRAYED, FLIGHT MOON, or "The Enchantress" (short story) by Danielle Raver?

You can win a signed copy + shipping of BROTHER BETRAYED two ways:

1) drawing a sketch of your favorite character from a book by Danielle Raver

2) write a short essay explaining how you are alike a character from one of Danielle's books

NOTE: no purchase is necessary, excerpts can be read as samples from Amazon


"The Enchantress" in The Storytellers Anthology

excerpts from my work in progress can be found on

Upload your sketches or essays on the wall of Danielle Raver, Author Facebook Fan Page

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Developing a Cover for Print - Develop a Concept

Someone recently asked me how my cover artist and I, Walt Barna, developed the characters that are on my cover for Brother, Betrayed

I explained that I sent Walt descriptions of each of the characters with pictures I found on-line that were close to each brother. This is what this correspondence looked like:

First Correspondence:

"Here's the details: 
    Three riders riding/galloping forward through a forest they are unfamiliar with - conifer or leafy forest - not detailed in this part of the book. Nothing outlandish. 
    The setting is an ancient kingdom, predating known history, but they show a cultural mix of medieval and arabian clothing. Be creative! I was not to specific on their dress. They carry swords and are wearing riding cloaks. Actually considered having them having their cloaks on their heads and shadows covering their faces to add to the dark and foreboding mood (my book is a tragedy, the title is Brother, Betrayed). 
    The eldest riding in the middle, is kingly, blonde and a little stern (19) and he rides a war horse (never described the color in the book - maybe white?). 
    The middle brother (18-17)  is charming, strong and dashing. He has long curly black hair (I don't care if it is drawn back) and rides a wild black stallion. 
    The youngest (16) has shorter black hair, is curious and likes books, but I really don't want him to be a dweeb- he is my protagonist - maybe also describe him as pensive and deep. 
    The weather is early spring and chilly so they are clothed semi-thickly. Their cloth is plain but their arrogance betrays their true nature.
Like I said, their culture is unique. Be creative. :-)"

Concepts for the horses:

"I want the three horses galloping towards the foreground. Syah's horse is a brown mare, Oman's horse is a large war horse. Fasime's horse is a wild black stallion."

Concepts for the brothers:

     "Syah has dark, short hair and dark eyes. He is shortest, but still around 5’6”. He has a thin-to-medium build, but compared to his brothers he is small. He carries a one-handed sword. He also keeps his journal and maps. He is 15-16 at the time of their journey. He rides a calm, strong mare, red/brown in color.

     Fasime has dark, longer curly hair. He has amber eyes. He is medium build, he hunts with a bow and tames horses. He also carries a two handed sword. He is charming and high-spirited. He is 17-18. He rides a black, wild stallion “black like crow’s feathers” named Lightning.

     Oman is the eldest and is kingly. He is slightly more muscular than Fasime but they are close in height. He has lighter brown hair and brown eyes. He is 19. He rides a warhorse, I didn’t specify the color."

Concepts for the setting, mood, and clothing:
"Really like how there is an eerie glow of light from back in the forest."
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The cover depicts a scene early in the book when they are exploring their kingdom. Here is the scene where they change out of their royal clothing in order to sneak out of the capital city as commoners:

     The youngest nodded. “It’s time,” he said, reaching for the fastening of his riding coat. His brothers did the same. Luxurious dyed cloth was replaced by plain, worn clothing. The brothers gazed at themselves, and at each other, observing the transformation that had overcome them with such a simple change as their clothing. Privileged, deserving, and protected became common, unnoticeable, and valueless. But this transformation pleased them. They packed the fine cloth tightly into one of their sacks, then stood staring at it.

     “We leave all titles behind us from his point onward,” the eldest declared. He took the dark cloak Fasime handed him and tied it around his shoulders. They mounted, pulling hoods over their heads, completing the disguise. Oman started his horse down the alley and the others followed. As they turned into another street, they all held their breath, anticipating their journey might come to an abrupt halt when someone recognized them. But as they passed the workers and merchants, they smiled, realizing no one bowed or curtsied to them, no one noticed them except to move out of the way of their horses. 

 Early Sketches:
"I love it! Just one major change: Fasime's horse on the left needs to be more wild. Here is some more information on him: The stallion's name is Lightning. The king's horse mated with a wild mare. She was captured, but after the colt was born she was killed during a storm. The colt escaped and wandered the forests for three years. The opening scene to my book is after Fasime tracks and captures the stallion, he tames him. He is not as large as Oman's horse (whose was PERFECT by the way) but not too crazy/scary looking."

 Early Drawings:

Here is a scene when they are traveling the woods, Syah has the charge of keeping watch. They often tease Syah, but protect him as well.

     Oman nodded. “Fasime, we had better start our slumber. It will be a long day tomorrow. Syah, wake me soon; I will be the one coming to my senses in the middle of the night. And… wake me if you…”

     “If I hear anything, if I see anything suspicious, or smell something odd that could be likened to ogre’s toenails, yes, yes, I know.” Syah mimicked Oman’s tone. “Now get some sleep,” the youngest said.

     “Hear anything?” Oman started the teasing again.

     “Just go!” Syah commanded. They laid on blankets near the fire. “Good night,” Syah whispered. The forest forgotten around him, Syah watched over the low, hot fire as his brothers’ eyes slowly closed. Dusk darkened to deep night beyond the fire. Then he was sure they slept, seeing their chests slowly rise and fall, and their bodies eased and still on their blankets.

     The burden of keeping the watch was heavy upon the young prince. His sleeping brothers put their trust in him for their very lives. But did they know?

     He would give anything, everything to protect them.

Early Covers:

 Changed the colors to more cooler tones. Added font for ebook cover.

 Completed Cover with Fonts:

 A special thanks to Walt Barna for bringing my characters to life. Here's a picture of him holding his copy of Brother Betrayed:
Find out more about Walt Barna on his page: link

Walt will also be doing the cover to my next book, Flight Moon. Here's a hint at the next concept: it has a dragon on it :)

Author Tour Enterprise and Troy Alabama Area

Paranormal author Joan Hazel and fantasy author Danielle Raver are doing a joint author meet and greet and book signing in January. 

Below are details of where you can find them and info on their Amazon best selling books.


Meet the Authors
Paranormal Author Debut
Post Exchange on Fort Rucker, 
between Ozark and Enterprise, AL

9am to 2pm
Saturday, Jan 7th

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Casual Conversations with Local Authors
Village Coffee in Troy, AL
8am to 2pm
Saturday, Jan 14th

About Joan Hazel:
Joan Hazel is a local Troy area author. She writes paranormal fiction novels set in modern times. Visit her at

 Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About Danielle Raver:

Danielle Raver is a former Troy University graduate. She writes classic fantasy novels with a dark twist. Visit her at

Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble