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2012 Goodreads Choice Awards Underway

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt 

It’s that time of year again. Goodreads is running its annual Goodreads Choice Awards, voted on by Goodreads members in several categories during three rounds. The first round allows users to nominate books not already on the lists and vote for them in categories like Best Science Fiction Novel, Best Fantasy Novel, Best Young Adult, Best Middle Grade & Children, Best Nonfiction, Best Fiction and more.

Described by the site as: “the only major book awards decided by readers,” the Opening Round runs October 30th through November 10th, 2012; the Semifinal Round runs November 12th through 17th, 2012; and the Final Round November 19th through 27th, 2012.

Once each round’s votes are tallied, the books with the highest votes are compiled on lists for the next rounds. Only books moving on can be voted on from the Semifinal Round on.  Per Goodreads’ rules: “Books published for the first time in the United States in English between November 29, 2011, and November 25, 2012, are eligible for the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards…We analyze statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominate based on a book’s number of ratings and average rating. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book’s number of ratings to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Goodreads Author category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.”

The Social Media Site has run the awards since 2009 and seen them grow in popularity every year. The Award has prestige in accordance with the site’s popularity and name recognition and the fact that votes come from readers, fans, and other authors, not critics or others. Beyond that, no monetary or other prizes are awarded.

To vote or for more information, go to:

Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignalAdventures In SF PublishingGrasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at Connect With Bryan On Google+

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