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Goodreads and KDP Working Together to Help Authors

 By Catherine Townsend-Lyon


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Are you like many writers and authors who get your email newsletter from Amazon Author Central and are too busy to give it a read? If so, you are missing new features and book promoting tools that can help you get the most out of your book promoting efforts on Goodreads and help readers find your books. Especially if you have a limited budget, and can’t hire a professional book consultant like me. So, in this article, I will share some helpful information with you. Never pass up “free” advice when you can get it!

New Feature on Goodreads with KDP

Running a giveaway on Goodreads, KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing ) authors can choose either of two giveaway packages, both offering new, powerful marketing features to help readers discover their books. To celebrate the new program, Goodreads is offering special introductory pricing of 50% off on all giveaways booked now through the end of January. And you may also visit Goodreads Giveaways.

The Power of Word of Mouth

Nothing sells books like word of mouth, and nothing gets people talking about a new book title like Goodreads Giveaways. Many Giveaways winners write reviews, building early buzz and visibility for your book. A trusted tool for authors and publishers. Many of the most prominent authors and publishers in the world have successfully used Goodreads Giveaways to drive awareness of their books.

Start by Choosing The E-Book Format

You can run a Goodreads Giveaway in either Kindle book or print book format. Give away copies of your book anytime before or after publication (our members love Advance Reader Copies!). Packages start at $119. You then choose the option that best describes you as either Publisher or Author.

If you are not either, you need to know this:

From a Goodreads blog, “Don’t see a choice that describes you? Kindle Book Giveaways are currently available to publishers and to authors who use Kindle Direct Publishing. We’re working hard to expand Giveaways to include more authors and formats. In the meantime, all authors and publishers can run print book giveaways.”

If you are a publisher, you’ll get this message:

Thanks for your interest in Kindle E-book Giveaways. There is some information we need to collect to verify your publisher account to use this product.

Please send an email to with the following details:

  • Link to publisher profile on Goodreads
  • Name
  • Position
  • Email address
  • Phone number

If you are the Author, you will be asked to sign into your Amazon Author Account and follow the instructions.

Start Building Your Audience, Now

They are two packages to choose from, Standard or Premium.

Then start your new kindle giveaway or paperback giveaway! Doing giveaways for your e-book is not giving away your work, it is an excellent way to raise your ranking for your e-books sold on Amazon Kindle, generate more sales and gain more book reviews. So, it is not just about the money from sales. It is also an excellent way to build your readership. And? It is a lower cost giveaway than offering your paperbacks.

So, try a giveaway with your e-books listed on Amazon KDP through Goodreads and reap the awards.


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Catherine Townsend-Lyon is the best-selling Kodel Empire Publishing Group’s author of her shocking memoir, “Addicted to Dimes,” available on Amazon. A former columnist for In Recovery Magazine she is passionate about advocating recovery from gambling addiction and helping authors promote their books.

Currently co-authoring a memoir with a former NFL pro, Catherine resides in Arizona, and Southern Oregon. She has a large following on social media and shares her secrets to book marketing at “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”.  You can connect with Catherine on TwitterGoogle Plus  Facebook and GoodReads.


Note from Marilyn L. Davis, Assistant Editor:

two drops of ink if opportunity doesn't knockTwo Drops of Ink will always present information that helps writers get exposure, find an audience, and encourage them to write that book.

Catherine’s post represents one side of a heated debate in the indie publishing world.

Mark Cocker, Smashwords Founder and Alliance of Independent Author’s Advisor, has another perspective on Amazon, KDP, and KDP Select.

When it comes to publishing your book, choose what works best for you, but either way, there are more opportunities to publish today. Go for it.


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  1. Catherine, I’ve been hearing about this resource a lot lately. Appreciate your insight in this matter. Sharing, and bringing awareness is always important . Thank you. John. 😊

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