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How to Make the Most of 
Ask the Author on Goodreads
Email the Goodreads Experts: 
support@goodreads.com
Q&A following this webinar 
Ask me a question about Ask the Author 
in the Goodreads Author Feedback Group! 
bit.ly/askthe...
Khaled Hosseini Sylvia Day 
Dan Brown Isabel Allende 
Confidential 
Frances Mayes 
Arianna 
Jesmyn Ward Jeff Kinney Huffin...
Ask the Author
photo by Jesse Chan-Norris http://jcn.me 
Get people talking
Social Amplification
Ask the Author
Ask the Author 
Goodreads ! 
Ask the Author 
Facebook Chat Twitter Chat 
Dedicated 
Landing Page 
Yes No No 
Private 
Ques...
www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Ask the Author
www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Author Profile
Questions and Answer Page
Questions and Answer Page
Questions and Answer Page
Ask the Author
What is Ask the Author? 
Connect with readers! Create content! 
Take questions from readers anytime. 
Questions visible on...
Best Practices for Ask the Author 
1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to 
ask you questions. 
2. Tell reade...
Best Practices for Ask the Author
Best Practices for Ask the Author
Best Practices for Ask the Author 
1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to 
ask you questions. 
2. Tell reade...
Best Practices for Ask the Author
Best Practices for Ask the Author 
1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to 
ask you questions. 
2. Tell reade...
Best Practices for Ask the Author
Best Practices for Ask the Author 
1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to 
ask you questions. 
2. Tell reade...
Goodreads Promotes, Too!
Goodreads Promotes, Too!
Thank you! 
Cynthia Shannon 
Author Marketing Coordinator 
support@goodreads.com 
bit.ly/asktheauthorqa
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Ask the Author on Goodreads

Learn how to make the most of "Ask the Author on Goodreads!" Take advantage of this new feature in the Author Program. Allow readers to ask you questions directly from your author profile.

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Ask the Author on Goodreads

  1. 1. How to Make the Most of Ask the Author on Goodreads
  2. 2. Email the Goodreads Experts: support@goodreads.com
  3. 3. Q&A following this webinar Ask me a question about Ask the Author in the Goodreads Author Feedback Group! bit.ly/asktheauthorqa
  4. 4. Khaled Hosseini Sylvia Day Dan Brown Isabel Allende Confidential Frances Mayes Arianna Jesmyn Ward Jeff Kinney Huffington Ayelet Waldman Michael J. Daniel Goleman Susan Ee
  5. 5. Ask the Author
  6. 6. photo by Jesse Chan-Norris http://jcn.me Get people talking
  7. 7. Social Amplification
  8. 8. Ask the Author
  9. 9. Ask the Author Goodreads ! Ask the Author Facebook Chat Twitter Chat Dedicated Landing Page Yes No No Private Questions Yes No No Animated GIFs Yes No No Character Limit No No Yes
  10. 10. www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
  11. 11. www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
  12. 12. www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
  13. 13. www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
  14. 14. Ask the Author
  15. 15. www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
  16. 16. Author Profile
  17. 17. Questions and Answer Page
  18. 18. Questions and Answer Page
  19. 19. Questions and Answer Page
  20. 20. Ask the Author
  21. 21. What is Ask the Author? Connect with readers! Create content! Take questions from readers anytime. Questions visible only to author until answered. Answer at most convenient time for you.
  22. 22. Best Practices for Ask the Author 1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to ask you questions. 2. Tell readers that you’re taking questions… set expectations as to when you’ll answer them.
  23. 23. Best Practices for Ask the Author
  24. 24. Best Practices for Ask the Author
  25. 25. Best Practices for Ask the Author 1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to ask you questions. 2. Tell readers that you’re taking questions… set expectations as to when you’ll answer them. 3. Be generous with your answers… there’s no benefit to brevity.
  26. 26. Best Practices for Ask the Author
  27. 27. Best Practices for Ask the Author 1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to ask you questions. 2. Tell readers that you’re taking questions… set expectations as to when you’ll answer them. 3. Be generous with your answers… there’s no benefit to brevity. 4. Give yourself a break. It’s ok to skip questions.
  28. 28. Best Practices for Ask the Author
  29. 29. Best Practices for Ask the Author 1. Turn it on (and leave it on!) to allow readers to ask you questions. 2. Tell readers that you’re taking questions… set expectations as to when you’ll answer them. 3. Be generous with your answers… there’s no benefit to brevity. 4. Give yourself a break. It’s ok to skip questions. 5. Share your answers with the community.
  30. 30. Goodreads Promotes, Too!
  31. 31. Goodreads Promotes, Too!
  32. 32. Thank you! Cynthia Shannon Author Marketing Coordinator support@goodreads.com bit.ly/asktheauthorqa

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