Hello Hosts and [hopefully] future hosts! I just have here a few guidelines. I will try to answer any questions you may have here on this page!
The sign- up link is at the very bottom of the page.
Regarding your reviews
I will have all the information you need for your individual tours emailed to you prior to your post dates, as well as have most of the information included in the tour announcement. If it is coming up on the week before a tour and you still do not have all your stuff, please shoot me a panicked email. Either I messed up somewhere or gmail,yahoo,aol,messenger or whatever ate the information and I need to re- send it. Please.. do not wait until the night before the post is scheduled to shoot me the panicked email, just to make your panic seem more convincing. I will believe you. (:
Please have your reviews up by 7a.m. (I live in the eastern time zone. You will not be penalized of the post is off due to your time zone. I will not be a time zone nazi. Just post it on that day sometime in the a.m. and you should be good to go. 7 is the number I chose, but your computer will not self destruct if you are a bit off.) If you cannot have your reviews up in the a.m., please let me know. I understand posting a little later in the day, also. I do it, too. Sometimes the internet does not want to cooperate, gmail is eating your emails, or blogger is showing that annoying "error" message at the top of the screen. I get it. You are only human (I assume) and you are dealing with technology. Things are bound to get messed up or hindered in some way or another eventually. Just shoot me a quick email letting me know what went wrong and try to have the post up as soon as you can. After all, any snags in the tour will make it flow less smoothly. As my bloggy minions, I shall give you all the benefit of the doubt- just don't make it a habit, okay? ;)
Also, on a similar note, you can schedule your posts ahead of time. I know you can do this on blogger and Wordpress. I am unsure about similar host sites.
If it is as all possible, I would appreciate it if you would try to get me a "permalink"to your specific post beforehand, so I can link to the specific post. That way, when someone clicks on the link to your site to read your specific review/ post for that particular author, they do not have to search your entire blog to find it. (Unless that is your angle, in which case- shame on you. :O ) It just makes the whole process tidier and easier for internet- goers to follow.
If you cannot get me the permalink beforehand, don't sweat it! Just try to get it to me after the post goes up. Or, you know, I will hunt it down later- grudgingly. O.O
I have had a question regarding how to get the permalink. I cannot tell you how to get it on Wordpress (Fret not! I will find out and add it here), but here is the method with blogger:
When you are editing the post in draft, when you look to the right of the post, you should see a few things on the right sidebar. Labels, schedule, permalink, location, and options. If you click on permalink, it should open up and show you a URL with the title of your post in it. That will be the URL for your post once it goes public. Just copy that and that is the permalink you send to me. If you change the title of the draft, though, it will change and have a different permalink, so make sure the title is final before you copy the permalink.
While Reviews on your Blog and library thing are good, and Goodreads reviews even better, if you really want to help support the authors on here and make their hard work touring pay off, Amazon reviews are what you should strive for. Now, I understand that sometimes you forget. Trust me- I know. I blog, too. If it helps, at the end of each month, I go back and put in all my reviews from that month into Amazon. Find yourself a schedule that you can keep and mark it on your calendars if it helps. [You should probably do it bi- monthly instead of monthly, though.] No, having an Amazon account to post your reviews on is not a requirement. But if you do not have one, you should really think about getting into it. Indie Authors- especially- benefit greatly from Amazon reviews.
That should do it! Please remember to be honest with all your reviews, but please respect the authors while their tour is going on. If you read the scheduled book and did not like it, please do not post it while the author is on tour and linked to your site. For your scheduled date, you can submit a promo post instead. Please feel free to post your honest review after the tour is over, though! I just don't like the idea of the negative review going up at the same time that we are trying to get the word out about the author's work. But after the tour is over, go to town! But.. um. let me know what you plan to do, so I can change your label from "review" to "promo". I would only ask that you be honest, but not hateful. Even if you did not like the author's work, they still worked hard to get the book out to you reviewers, so they do deserve your respect.
So, to recap:
- 7 a.m.
- Permalink/ link
- Blog + goodreads okay, Amazon great
- honest, but respectful
If you have any more questions, please shoot me an email. If I missed something, I will add it to this page accordingly. Other than that, have fun!
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