The Independent Book Blogger Awards

Independent Book Blogger AwardsThe Independent Book Blogger Awards highlight the amazing talent in book blogging today. They want to hear from all types of blogs, big and small. The only key qualification is that you write passionately about books! (For more details on criteria for entry, rules and background on the judging process, please see the Contest Terms).

Enter your blog in one of four categories: Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Young Adult and Children’s, or Publishing Industry. When voting closes, the top 15 blogs in each category will become finalists. Winners will be selected from among the finalists by a panel of industry judges. Each of the four category winners will receive a pass to Book Expo America (June 5-7, 2012) with airfare and hotel accommodation in New York City.

Key dates to keep in mind:

  • Monday, April 9 (at 11:59 pm ET) – Deadline for entries
  • Tuesday, April 10 (12:01am ET) – Monday, April 23 (11:59 pm ET) – Voting (must be a member of Goodreads to vote)

The awards are organized by the Association of American Publishers Trade Division members and Goodreads.  You can enter here.

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Indies Unlimited is pleased to provide this contest information for the convenience of our readers.  We do not, however, endorse this or any contest/competition.  Entrants should always research a competition prior to entering.

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Goodreads Giveaways: Lots of Readers Want My Novel for Free by Tom Kepler

Author Tom Kepler
Author Tom Kepler

Goodreads is a reader and writer online community of over six million people. Sponsoring a book giveaway allowed me to promote my fantasy novel, The Stone Dragon, for very little money, only the printing cost of the book plus shipping. Running a Goodreads book giveaway was an easy, enjoyable, maintenence-free experience.

Having run two Goodreads giveaways for The Stone Dragon, what are the immediate results?

What’s Goodreads Good For? by Laurie Boris

Author Laurie Boris
Author Laurie Boris

Last year, I attended a workshop given by a local published author on how to promote your book on social media. “Goodreads?” she sneered, in response to an audience member’s question about the site. “I don’t know anyone who’s on Goodreads.”

Uh…well, there are LOTS of people on Goodreads. And they love books. I mean, seriously love books. Some members of this community read hundreds of books a year. They talk about them. Review and rate them. Many blog about them.

Yeah, Goodreads can be buggy, like so many other social media sites, and isn’t the most intuitive place out there. But its many features outweigh the occasional glitch. For one, you can maintain a “bookshelf” of books you’re reading, have read, and plan to read, so you can make friends based on common interests and favorite books or authors. You can join a multitude of groups and grow into the community. Participate in a book club, and read and comment on the selection of the month. You can become “fans” of your favorite authors and follow their reviews and blogs. Continue reading “What’s Goodreads Good For? by Laurie Boris”

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