Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Requirements and Reminders

As the tours become more popular, we are beginning to notice some problems and are making changes accordingly. We've recently updated the About page, so please check that out. We are now asking the following of those signing up:

1.) You must have had a blog that you've posted consistently on for a miminum of two months.
2.) You must make at least two non-meme posts a week.

Hope, Erica, and I will be checking the blogs of those interested to ensure that those two requirements are met. This is not to exclude new bloggers but to ensure that those signing up are more likely to follow through with the requirements because they already understand how time consuming blogging is.

We will also be capping the tours at twenty (20) reviewers per ARC. The first ten on the tour will be the first ten people to sign up and the other ten will be chosen randomly. I hesitated to do this but there is no possible way that ARCs can hold up through 30-40 people.

It has also come to my attention that some of the ARCs are being held on to longer than necessary and also that not everyone is posting reviews. We are starting to keep track of this now and if I notice it is becoming a pattern from any reviewer, they will be taken off of any future tours.

Finally, a few reminders:

1.) Tours are open to United States and Canada ONLY.
2.) Always go by the checklist emailed out, NOT the one posted on the site.
3.) You MUST send us an email with your blog URL to sign up for the program before signing up for any tours. We are now going through to check this and anyone signed up for a tour but not the program will be taken off. We will send you an email after we review the blog to let you know.
4.) The ARCs are being returned to the authors at the end of the tours so please write notes in the front/back of the book. I've received many questions about this and Yes, you are supposed to write notes! (Though if you don't have anything positive to say, then skip this.)
5.) When you sign up for a tour, ask yourself is it's a book you're willing to drop whatever you're reading to read as soon as you get it. Please do not sign up for tours you really aren't interested in just to get the book.

If you have any questions or if you'd like me to clarify anything, don't hesitate to send me an email or leave a comment!

1 comment:

pirate penguin said...

I was wondering what to write if I didn't like the ARC I read. (So far that hasn't happened to me but I can't ignore the possibility of it happening at some point...)

Thanks for the updates :)