Premium Author Program to come to Goodreads

I know I said I was going to blog about Goodreads giveaways, the how-tos and my stats from my recent giveaway. I will, I promise – next post! But I’m bumping that post back because right now we authors have the opportunity to give Goodreads feedback on a program the site is currently developing. It’s called the Premium Author Program. And I’m not sure how much longer we’ll have the chance to offer Goodreads our take on this program.

So what is the Premium author program?

Goodreads tells us the program is “currently under development” and will offer authors “increased access to their readers as well as premium features to help promote and market their work.” It may have a monthly fee attached to it, though.

Some of the proposed features I found most exciting were the ability to customize each of your books’ profiles, choosing which testimonials to feature about each book, as well as choosing the top review to display for each book.

Also, the program will allow authors to customize their author pages, picking the order of books displayed, featuring certain content such as blog posts or video clips, and eliminating ads. The program promises to give authors detailed statistics on each of their books, as well as the ability to invite readers to events and to message readers when new books come out.

How you can give Goodreads your thoughts:

Go to your author dashboard on Goodreads. You’ll see, on the right-hand side of your screen, text links to your profile, seller account, and now the “Premium author program.” Click the link, which will bring you to a page that gives a bullet list of foreseen premium benefits. At the bottom of the page, you have the opportunity to vote on whether or not you’re interested in the program. You also can tell Goodreads what monthly price you feel the premium program is worth. And then at the bottom of the form is a field for you to type in your thoughts about the program. Goodreads asks which features you’d like to see and which benefits you find most enticing. Remember to click the “submit” button at the bottom of the form when you’re done.

What I said to Goodreads:

I responded in the form by saying I was interested in the premium program. As for benefits, I said I was interested in Goodreads listing e-book giveaways and in Goodreads possibly becoming an e-book retailer for all interested authors on all formats. But I didn’t put in a monthly fee; I left that at $0. I think every author should have an equal opportunity to give away and sell e-books, especially if Goodreads is taking a cut of the sales and benefitting from increased use of its site. Also, allowing authors to order how their books are displayed ought to be a no-brainer that Goodreads allows every author to do, premium or not!

As for choosing which reviews and testimonials to feature and eliminating ads, these benefits would be nice, but I’m not going to pay for those services at the present time.

I believe this premium program would only enhance the Goodreads experience for members – why should Goodreads charge authors for that when it’s a win-win for everyone involved?

What about you? What would you like to see in the Goodreads Premium Author Program?

The Best of Goodreads How-To Wishes — Tamara Ward

Tamara Ward is an Amazon Bestselling Romantic Suspense and Mystery Author. Storm Surge, the first novel in the Jonie Waters mystery series, released in 2011. Tamara is also a proud member of our WG2E Family.

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  1. Tamara, I agree about the eBook giveaways and the cost. I have noticed that in the last few days I’ve gotten Goodreads meesages from two authors recommending their own books. This was previously not allowed, so apparently there’s been a change…

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, Bettye! Interesting. I knew we could send messages inviting friends to places/events. But sometimes the volume of online invitations can be a bit overwhelming!

    • I’d be interested in a program like this — I agree on leaving the cost blank, though. I don’t think Indie authors should have to pay for this. I will have to check this out.

  2. Dana Delamar says:

    Thanks for posting about this, Tamara! I’m quite interested in this program, so will definitely give my 2 cents.

  3. Sibel Hodge says:

    Wow, thanks so much for posting. I wouldn’t have even noticed the tiny little widget! I agree with you that it would be beneficial to be able to do ebook giveaways and sell ebooks direct though the site :)

  4. Lauren Clark says:

    I signed up for the program about a year ago and have since checked on the progress once or twice. Thanks for the reminder about it … I agree with you on the monthly benefit and with allowing ebook giveaways on the site!

  5. Tamara, this is very valuable. Thanks for posting. A word about Goodreads becoming a retailer.
    They already sell books but it seems to be a big secret. One day I looked in my “account” and saw that I had had two sales however they don’t send you money until you reach $50. At the rate we price indie books that may be in the next century.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, Consuelo! I know they do sell some ebooks. But when I try to post my ebooks to sell, they don’t allow it. It looks like they allow it from the form, but then the only options available as you fill out the form turn out to be to give them away for free downloads as epubs. Maybe books for sale are offered only for authors who’ve been on Goodreads longer than me?

  6. I’m interested in seeing what comes of this. I wouldn’t pay for the extra trinkets though.

    I wish they would allow ebook giveaways. Many readers want ebooks and obviously it’s cheaper to give one. It’s a win win situation.

    However I hope they don’t do away with the paperback giveaway. That’s important too.

    Choosing the order of reviews isn’t something I’d go for. Readers will check out what ever star review they want. Raising one to the top wouldn’t make me read that one. And as cynical as I am, I’d assume it was ‘rigged’ and skip to the next review.

    Thanks for the information on this.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, Diane, and thanks! I agree that paying to shift around reviews isn’t worth it at this time. If I really wanted a good review quote up front, I’d get a blurb from someone and stick it in the book description, anyway!

  7. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    While I’m on Goodreads, I’m not familiar enough or know how to use the regular version let alone Premium. I find Good Reads not very user friendly so Until I am I cannot really comment.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Good point, Jamie! It’s those text links hiding on the right side of the screen – that’s always the last place I look, and often I find what I need waaaay over there!

  8. Love the idea of including ebooks for Goodreads giveaways. I may just have to saunter over there myself and provide that feedback as well.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  9. CC MacKenzie says:

    Thank you for giving us the nod on this, Tamara.

    I don’t think we should pay for moving reviews. And I’ve noticed authors sticking reviews of their own books in the reviews under their books if they’re doing a giveaway or have a new release so authors are already finding loopholes in the system as it is. I’m a reader as well as an author and hate spam. So far Goodreads doesn’t spam me but if it does I’ll block it and that would be a shame imho.

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, CC! Nothing like a little blatant self-promotion, huh?! Yes, I’m at the point where I won’t even view invitations if I’m busy, let alone spam.

  10. Seeley James says:

    Wow, I completely missed that one. Thank you for pointing it out. Advertising rates at GR have gone through the roof in the last year, I wonder what they’ll charge for this?

    Peace, Seeley

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, Seeley! I hope they don’t charge anything, personally… but I’m doubting they’ll let us have the benefits of the premium program for free based on the form. I suppose we’ll see!

  11. Talli Roland says:

    Thanks, Tamara! I gave my feedback about a year ago now and I’m still waiting for this thing t open up! It looks like it’d be very useful… I hope it comes soon.

  12. Thank you for pointing this out, Tamara. I hadn’t noticed it at all. Off to give Goodreads my 2 cents on the program now :)

  13. Thanks for the info, Tamara. I’m off to check it out and give my two cents. :-)

  14. D. D. Scott says:

    Excellent scoop, Tamara! Thanks sooo very much! I’m heading over now to check it out! I think I already did this, but I can’t remember…LOL! :-) Luuuvvv your response about the fee service!!! Well done!!!

  15. Thanks Tamara for sharing the info, I hadn’t noticed it! I agree that it might be best not to pay anything but is that wise? A little something might make sense but it all depends on what cut they’d take on sales if any…

    • Tamara Ward says:

      Hi, Claude! Thanks for your response. For me, at this point, it’s not worth it to me to pay money just to change around reviews or flip around ordering of my books. As for inviting fans to readings… I can do this for free on other social media sites.