Q: Who can be a judge?
A: Anyone can apply to be a judge, judges must read and agree to the Process, Rules and Regulations. The only exception is that Publishers and employees of publishers are prohibited from applying.
Q: Do I have to go to training?
A: Yes, training (live or video) is mandatory.
Q: Why can't I tell people I'm a judge?
A: To preserve confidentiality and objectivity. You may disclose you were a judge AFTER the awards ceremony.
Q: When do I have to start reading?
A: After you have completed training, you will have access to books as soon as they are approved for nomination. EBooks will be available straightaway, physical books will be shipped to you once received.
Q: I have a business trips in November, a work deadline in December and vacation in March.
A: You are free to manage your own reading schedule, however we suggest that you start reading as soon as you are given access to your reading list. This will allow you to complete your reading assignments in a timely fashion and will not put you up against the deadline of 15-April-2017.
Q: I don't like one of the books in my catagory, do I have to finish it?
A: Yes, it is your commitment as a judge to read all books in your category completely. Please score the book accordingly.
Q: Should I read all books before entering the scores?
A: You should score the books as you read them as they are to be scored individually. They should not be scored against each other.
Q: Why do I have to create a new username and password?
A: The Awards system is a different system to the GCLS membership system; you will need to create credentials specifically for the Awards system.
Q: I can't log in.
A: If you have tried the 'lost password' link and still unable to log in, please contact the Awards Administrators at email@example.com to reset your credentials.
Q: I can't find my books in the system.
A: Please contact the Awards Administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org to check your access.
Q: My email address has changed.
A: You can change your personal details in your profile in the awards system. If you encounter any problems, please contact the Awards Administrators at email@example.com.
Q: I don't know how to answer the questions on the evaluation forms.
A: Please refer to the training materials provided during training. For specific questions, please contact the Awards Administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Why are some books in physical format and some in eBooks?
A: The person nominating the books has the choice between submitting eBooks or physical format books. A lot of time it’s based on costs and shipping and ease of getting eBooks to the judges.
Q: I don't want eBooks, I prefer the feel of physical books.
A: Many nominations are in eBook format. This saves the nominators and the GCLS a lot of shipment costs. It is one of the requirements as a judge that you are able to read eBooks.
Q: Why have you sent me a gift of an eBook from Amazon?
A: We found that it is more cost effective to send eBook gifts to a judge rather than ship physical books. The gift is for the book(s) in your reading assignment list.
Q: I get to keep the books? Free of charge?
A: Yes, however you are prohibited from selling the books.
Q: I moved, what about books still to be mailed?
A: Please contact the Awards Administrators at email@example.com as soon as possible to work out new arrangements
Q: I have a Kindle, will it work?
A: Yes, eBooks will be in .mobi format, which is readable by a Kindle.
Q: I have an iPhone or an iPad, will it work?
A: Yes, eBooks will be in .epub format, which can be used in iBooks.
Q. I like to read on my computer, will it work?
A: Yes, you can download the .pdf version of the book and read it easily on your computer.
Q: How do I get eBooks onto my device?
A: We have attached some instructions on how to add eBooks to eReaders.
Q: I found out that I was a beta reader for one of the books in my category.
A: Please contact the Awards Administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Q: One of my own books was nominated!
A: You may not judge books in the category your book was nominated, however you may continue to judge in another category. Please contact the Awards Administrators at email@example.com if you have been assigned to a category where your book was nominated.
Q: I can't be a judge anymore, I'm too busy.
A: Once the judging process has begun, judges may not withdraw except in an emergency situation that has been discussed with the Awards Administrators, or if an unexpected conflict of interest occurs.
Q: I was a judge this year, do I get a discount for the conference?
A: Unfortunately, no.
Q: I was a judge this year, do I get to be an awards presenter?
A: The process for selecting awards presenters is different from the judging process.