The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards launched today. Sponsored by Google Play, the awards have begun with an opening round in which 15 books have been nominated in each category, with voters also able to add write-in votes for their preferred titles.
Last year, Veronica Roth’s YA title Divergent took the overall prize as Favourite Book of 2011, with Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 being voted Best Fiction. Other 2011 winners included books by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King and Janet Evanovich. In truth, it wasn’t a great year for self-published authors, but this could all change. Fifty Shades of Grey was a 2011 finalist in the Romance category, before it became a global best-seller, so it might be worth keeping an eye on any lesser-known titles that perform well this time around.
The first round of voting runs until November 10th, with the semi-final running from November 12th to November 17th. The final round will then run from November 20th to November 27th. Authors with considerable fan-bases might like to start encouraging their fans to vote in the hope of making it through to the next round.