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.