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The Goodreads Author Program Quiz

Posted by Cynthia on August 8, 2017
How much do you know about the Goodreads Author Program? Test your knowledge to find out (and perhaps learn a new thing or two). Answers below—no peeking!

1. True or false? You need to be a published author to claim your author profile.

a) True
b) False

2. When should you list your first giveaway on Goodreads?

a) On publication day.
b) Three months before publication day.
c) Three months after publication day.
d) As early as possible.

3. What activity can you do to increase followers on Goodreads?

a) Review, rate, or shelve books.
b) Answer questions via Ask the Author.
c) Tell people to follow you on Goodreads.
d) All of the above.

4. What should you do when you need to update a cover on Goodreads?

a) Delete the old book cover and add the new cover.
b) Create a new edition of the book.
c) Post your new cover to your blog.
d) Nothing. You can’t update covers.

5. What is the difference between a friend and a follower on Goodreads?

a) You can have as many friends as you like; you can only have a few followers.
b) You need to approve friend requests, but anyone can follow you.
c) Your followers are limited to readers in your favorite genre; your friends can enjoy any book they want.
d) Friends will always buy your books, your followers will just ‘like’ your status updates.

6. One of your books isn’t listed on your profile. What do you do?

a) Restart your computer.
b) Add the book to the database manually.
c) Wonder if your book even exists.
d) Post to the librarian group to get someone to help you out.

7. How can you tell if you’re a Goodreads Author?

a) You have an account on Goodreads.
b) Your book is listed on Goodreads.
c) You’re interviewed for the newsletter.
d) You see the Goodreads Author badge in the corner of your profile and can access your Author Dashboard.

8. What is the minimum number of copies you need to set up a giveaway?

a) One
b) Five
c) Twenty
d) As many as possible

9. Are authors allowed to review their own books?

a) Yes, no harm done.
b) No way, no how.

10. Can you give away an older book?

a) Sure thing.
b) No way.
c) It depends on how long ago the book was published.
d) It depends on whether you’re a Goodreads Author.

Double check your answers... Answer Key below!

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1. A. True. Your book needs to be in our database and have a publication date in order for you to claim your profile (i.e.: you’re either a published author or a soon-to-be published author). To claim your profile, click on your author name and submit the application at the bottom of the page.

2. D. List your first giveaway as early as possible to start building advance buzz. Many publishing houses send galleys out 6-9 months before the publication of the book! You can list as many giveaways as you like before and after publication.

3. D. All of the above activities generate great content and raise awareness of your presence on Goodreads, which will persuade readers to follow you.

4. B. The best way to approach updating covers is to create a new edition of your book and combine it with the old ones. Since readers can be very particular about which edition they shelve, it’s Goodreads policy not to delete covers. If you’re in doubt, post to the librarian group for someone to help out.

5. B. You need to approve every single friend request, but anyone can follow you. On your publication date, Goodreads automatically emails all your followers; we don’t email your friends. Encourage readers to follow you!

6. B or D. You can add your books to the database manually here if you don’t see them on your book page. However, you can always post to the librarian group when you need help with your metadata.

7. D. You need to see the Goodreads Author badge in the top right corner of your profile, and when you’re logged into your account you should be able to navigate to https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard. Simply having an account on Goodreads doesn’t make you a Goodreads Author, since you want your activity on the site to be associated with the book so that readers can easily find you.

8. A. You only need one physical copy of your book to set up a giveaway on Goodreads. You can run as many giveaways as you like, but they each must last a minimum of one week. Set up your giveaways here.

9. A. Yes, authors are allowed to review their own books. Goodreads displays “review from the author” next to your own review. Reviewing your own book though is likely not going to sway your audience. Instead, use the opportunity to write about what inspired you to write the book. Here is an example.

10. A. Sure thing! You can give away any book you have written yourself, whether it was published 10 years ago or 10 days ago.

How many answers did you get right? Did you learn anything new? Share your results with us in the comments below!

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message 1: by Partho (new)

Partho Nominee) I got 8 right answers. Yes got insight on 2 which i answered wrongly


message 2: by Jemima (new)

Jemima Pett I didn't know about 4 - creating a new edition could be just what I need for a boost. Thanks.


message 3: by Chris (new)

Chris Norbury Ten for Ten. :-) Nice to know I've used this feature correctly so far.


message 4: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Brummett Learned a lot and this was timely because I recently decided to be more active on Goodreads. Love the kitten in the glasses!


message 5: by Linda (new)

Linda When will Goodreads let lus use kindle books for giveaways?Linda Ballou


message 6: by Christine (new)

Christine Todd Confusion continues to reign over friend and follower listings. Readers almost always send me "friend" requests without adding themselves onto my "follower" listing. Now it appears followers are better than friends. Combining these two listings into one would offer a simpler, clearer, and much fairer measure of an author's Goodreads readership to date. Come on Goodreads! Make our lives simpler by combining those lists.


message 7: by R.A (new)

R.A Jordan Hey! I wound up getting 6 out of 10, and I thought I had problems navigating this site? It looks as if though I have more than just navigation problems huh? I am trying to spend more time on learning how this site works, But it's kind of difficult when you're all over the place. I spend a lot of time on my own web/blog site, I just got it up and running, somebody pay me a visit there, and leave some input or feedback it's StorySongTales.com. Perhaps someone could enlighten me on how to better use this site? Thanks! R.A


message 8: by Nada (new)

Nada Saleh I've got 9 out of 10
Learned a lot though...thank you


message 9: by Geoffrey (new)

Geoffrey Fox Kind of fun. Thanks for the reminders.


message 10: by Groovy (new)

Groovy Lee I got 6 out of 10. I didn't realize you could review your own books. I thought people would think you were boasting because, of course, you're going to give yourself a good one! But now that I know you can talk about what inspired you to write it, I'm going to get right on that. Maybe that will get potential readers interest.


message 11: by Steven (last edited Aug 14, 2017 01:26PM) (new)

Steven Okay, cool, I answered 9 out of 10 correctly. I did not know an author could review his or her own book, nor have I ever read an author's review of his own book. Always something new to learn here!


message 12: by Toni (new)

Toni Allen I got 10 right, but that's only because I've had so much wonderful help from Goodreads' superb librarians over the past couple of years. This was like taking a refresher course and reminding me how to make the most of Goodreads.


message 13: by Winifred (new)

Winifred M. New kid on the block. Very helpful. Looking forward to developing more of a presence on Goodreads.

Thanks.


message 14: by Lynda (new)

Lynda McDaniel I don't think the link is quite right in #9. The link takes us to a new-book announcement but nothing about what inspired her to write it (as stated in #9).

Also, what does a Goodreads Author badge look like (#7)? How do we get one? Last year I went through what I thought was the whole process to be a Goodreads Author, but maybe not.


message 15: by A.J. (new)

A.J. Adams It would be nice if Goodreads got away from the idea that only a physical book counts. For those of us who don't live in a developed Western nation, accessing publishing outlets and services in the West runs from extremely difficult to impossible. I can only publish as I do because I am fortunate enough to have family in Europe. It's 2017, please think about including e-books, and turn Goodreads into an international and inclusive site. Considering India and China are huge in terms of readership, you might make some money out of it too.


message 16: by Shana (new)

Shana Gorian 8 out of 10, probably because I've encountered issues over the years and figured them out, or asked a very helpful Goodreads librarian to help and thus learned that way. Very helpful quiz!


message 17: by Liz (new)

Liz Lazarus Great way to educate - thank you, Cynthia.
And that's one adorable cat!


message 18: by Lois (new)

Lois Herr 6 right (seems to be a common result) but I learned a lot from all of them. I've been a Goodreads Author since my most recent book came out but haven't had the time to participate. I plan to change that soon.


message 19: by Dianna (new)

Dianna Winget Eight out of ten. Didn't understand the difference between a friend or follower though. I agree with Christine on message #6, why not just combine them?


message 20: by Al (new)

Al Rhodes 10 out of 10 but still learned a lot.


message 21: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Dykeman Nine out of ten correct! I didn't know an author could, or would even want to review their own book! Of course I would say mine are fantastic! ;) Still mulling over that #2 question. I'm writing a sequel and considering getting that into a giveaway. Those have worked wonders for me! Fun quiz!


message 22: by Cynthia (last edited Aug 15, 2017 09:50AM) (new)

Cynthia Shannon Lynda wrote: "I don't think the link is quite right in #9. The link takes us to a new-book announcement but nothing about what inspired her to write it (as stated in #9).

Also, what does a Goodreads Author badge look like (#7)? How do we get one? Last year I went through what I thought was the whole process to be a Goodreads Author, but maybe not."


Hi Lynda! You're a Goodreads Author - the badge is on the top right hand side of your profile. More info about the Author Program here.

As for the link in #9, it is redirecting to an example of how an author can review their own book. Keep an eye out for others - it's definitely an art form in striking the right tone and balance.

Thanks all for the kind words! Really glad you're enjoying this post - I had fun creating it!


message 23: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Shannon Dianna wrote: "Eight out of ten. Didn't understand the difference between a friend or follower though. I agree with Christine on message #6, why not just combine them?"

Great question! To clarify the friend/follow relationship - of course you can accept friend requests on Goodreads. Just keep in mind that those person's activities will show up in your updates feed.

It's perfectly fine to set a message in your account settings that you only accept friend requests from people you actually know IRL, and direct others to follow you instead.

Don't forget to include the Goodreads badge on your website and in your newsletter or email signatures or anywhere else you tell people to follow you online.


message 24: by Robert (new)

Robert Sullivan A.J. wrote: "It would be nice if Goodreads got away from the idea that only a physical book counts. For those of us who don't live in a developed Western nation, accessing publishing outlets and services in the..."

Yeah, I just ran a giveaway for 20 copies of my latest book and I opened it up to readers all over the world. Out of over 2100 entries, 11 winners were from countries outside the US. I mailed all my copies through the Post Office this morning and the price of shipping to any country overseas is ten times more expensive to ship a physical copy than within America. Between the cost of the copies and what I spent on mailing, this giveaway cost me well over $300; I'm a full-time student on food stamps, working part-time in retail just to make ends meet. E-books would have been free--an attachment in an e-mail. India and Indonesia are shaping up to be hot spots for my books because of my disdain for descriptive narrative, which apparently throws many readers whose first language is not English. Will it all be worth it? I hope so; I'll take sales from wherever I can get them.


message 25: by Maria (new)

Maria Hernandez So I got 3 wrong out of 10. I've learned a lot taking this quiz. I'm getting more into Goodreads. I've had some personal health issues to take care of. My goal is to contribute more to Goodreads.


message 26: by V.A. (new)

V.A. Trafton I got 6 right. I still have a lot to learn about Goodreads and how to get the most out of it but, the emails that you send with advice and how to's is helpful.


message 27: by Lauren (last edited Aug 16, 2017 12:51PM) (new)

Lauren Pierre EDIT: I got 8 out of 10. Not bad!


message 28: by Robert (new)

Robert Sullivan You go girl!


message 29: by JAKe (new)

JAKe Hatmacher I got 8 out of ten. I'm still not sure how to gain followers. Can someone explain the process?


message 30: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Pierre JAKe wrote: "I got 8 out of ten. I'm still not sure how to gain followers. Can someone explain the process?"

PATIENCE. So much patience, believe me. I actually just answered a similar question on my page: https://www.goodreads.com/questions/1...

Hope it helps!


message 31: by Joyce (new)

Joyce Bergvelt 9 out of 10. Good idea, this quiz. I got #2 wrong. The English version of my debut novel will appear somewhere in 2018. I'll definitely list a giveaway well in advance!


message 32: by Christine (last edited Aug 19, 2017 11:07AM) (new)

Christine Todd Cynthia wrote: "Dianna wrote: "Eight out of ten. Didn't understand the difference between a friend or follower though. I agree with Christine on message #6, why not just combine them?"

Great question! To clarify ..."


I still don't know why Goodreads puts readers into two lists versus one. Aside from being more accurate, two lists combined into one better reflects an "unknown" author's visibility, and that boosts reader confidence in their books. It's a win-win for both, and also for Goodreads as it's the place to go to find talented new authors and great new works.


message 33: by Audrey (new)

Audrey Couloumbis meeting with a librarian tomorrow for a tutorial on goodreads (i'm soooo grateful for librarians) but this answered some of the questions i would've been asking by next week. would just like this to be easy enough to do that i could come back to it a month from now and not have to figure things out again. so i agree with opinions asking goodreads to combine friend and follower.


message 34: by Christine (new)

Christine Todd Audrey wrote: "meeting with a librarian tomorrow for a tutorial on goodreads (i'm soooo grateful for librarians) but this answered some of the questions i would've been asking by next week. would just like this t..."

Thank you, Audrey!


message 35: by Jean (new)

Jean Arsenault Just read a new book The Devil is smooth LIke Honey by Mima. What a great book just got it Monday and couldn't stop reading it until I read it all


message 36: by Skye (new)

Skye Only six right.


message 37: by Sivkishen (new)

Sivkishen Sivkishen I got ten out of ten correct! Yet I agree with Christine on message #6, why not just combine them?" I like to have the email displayed on an Author's profile that might help to make the friend interact with better in exchanging the reviews that boosts reader confidence in their books.


message 38: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Seltenrych (nee Rabharthaigh) This was an eye opener of a quiz, so thanks Goodreads for drawing me here. This makes me rethink other places, like Amazon, where authors are prohibited to do reviews of their own titles, and I have been lavishing my creatures upon their knees!
Thanks so much Goodreads for your smiling place. Five Golden Rings And A Diamond


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