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Would you be interested in having a book club reading one month for Goodreads Authors only?
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Oct 24, 2011 10:01AM
Here is how it would work, but suggestions are welcome:
We would accept nominations (by any member, including the authors) for books by Goodreads Authors, for a book club reading one month (TBD). This is largely for self-published authors trying to get the word out about their work, but authors backed by publishers are also permitted. (Preferably the latter would be nominated by the authors themselves, since this is largely being done for the authors' benefit.)
There will be no limit on the number of nominations allowed. Should there be a large number of nominations I will create a secondary poll to vote between the top two nominations.
We'll worry about the "when" after these poll results are in.
Oct 24, 2011 12:33PM
Since there have been raised issues about authors spamming with their own work, would it be helpful to institute a rule against self-nominations?
Oct 24, 2011 03:46PM
I think the idea is great! It could get us all reading a book that we might not have otherwise considered.
Oct 24, 2011 03:54PM
I think authors who are members of this group SHOULD be allowed to nominate their own books. One post, nominating their book, and telling a bit about the story, should be fine. If they nag us, repeat their posts, etc., then I would consider it spamming. But I don't think their should be a rule against self-nominations. :o)
Oct 24, 2011 06:40PM
I dunno. I think since many of this group's members are authors, it's kinda obvious what's going to happen here. Still, it's easy enough to skip that group read.
Oct 25, 2011 12:33PM
God no, I wouldn't fancy everyone reading my book. There could be that extremely awkward moment where people decide the emperor has no clothes :) I think it would be cool to read other authors books though, I'm really in need of something to draw me into a PA world!
Oct 25, 2011 01:35PM
If we follow through on this, I'll give authors the option of removing their book from the running, should someone else nominate it. This is at least as much for the authors in the group than the members (ok, more so), so it would defeat the point if the idea made an author miserable. :-P But for other months, it'll all be fair game!
Nov 05, 2011 07:41PM
I'd be interested in submitting my three books for a read by the group if this works out and there are no objections. I'd appreciate the opportunity!
Dec 14, 2011 01:05PM
Thanks Lee. In what way do you think it would cause more aggressive posting? (Because, you are right, that would be a bad thing.) If authors would continue to follow the rules for the group, I would expect it to still be ok, but maybe I am not thinking of something (not having an author's perspective).
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