Jan 6, 2008

Banned Book Tours

How can I be a part of a book tour?
You need to live in the United States and have your own book blog. You need to be willing to read the book in a timely fashion and commit to writing an honest, well-thought review. I need more than, “I liked it a lot.” I am looking for a review that reflects on literary elements that make up a story - plot, setting, characters, ect…

I was accepted on a tour and I changed my mind about reading…
That’s okay as long as you give me adequate notice. If the book is on its way to you, you are still required to ship the book to the next recipient, regardless if you intend to read or not.

I don’t have time to read/review the book that was sent…
See above. I understand that life happens. I believe in a three strikes you’re out policy. You will receive strikes for heavy damage of a book, losing a book, and skipping a review. I realize that there are circumstances that arise that result in skipping a review. That is why you get a TOTAL of three chances. If you change your mind about participating and you give me adequate notice to remove you from the tour, you will not receive a strike. Treat the book as if it came from the library.

I think I have a book that you may be interested in…
Great! Please feel free to email me if you are an author, publisher, or a reader who has a book to donate. I will happily tell the world that you donated generously.

You must be at least 18 years old.

You must review YA/Children’s lit. If it is an eclectic blog where you review an assortment of titles even adult, great!

You must be a frequent blogger - more than twice a week - and you must have meaningful reviews on your blog. We are trying to promote a book and want to reach as many people as possible. I understand if you do not have 500+ followers. I am more interested in your past reads and reviews than your follower count. On the other hand, a blog that has just started or has fewer than 100 followers, may not be chosen to participate on a tour. Not everyone will be accepted to be a part of a tour.

Books are to be mailed only to those on the tour, and I will provide you with the next person’s name and address via email. No exceptions. People’s names and addresses should be kept confidential. Please do not see this as an opportunity to solicit these people.

You MUST use a DC (delivery confirmation) with every book. Using a DC will prevent any miscommunication on your part and mine. If you choose not to use a DC, you will not participate on future tours.

You are free to immediately post your review or save it for a later date. You must enter your review in the Linky provided on the original tour page withing TWO weeks of mailing out your tour book.

It would be appreciated if you would include 'Banned Book Tours' on your review post.

You may have up to two books at one time. I try my best to space them out, but that is also determined by other readers and their schedules.

Treat the book tour like a service and privilege. Choose your books wisely and manage your time well.

There is a three strikes you're out policy. When in doubt…email me - jenbigheart@gmail.com


Sign up to be a part of Banned Book Tours using this FORM
Request a book by commenting under the book you wish to review - look for “Banned Book Tours” in title of post. All books will also contain a ‘Banned Book Tours’ tag
An email will be sent to you if you are accepted on the tour

A book will be mailed to you from me or another reviewer
A sticker will indicate that it is part of Banned Book Tours
Email me when you have received the book and I will email the address of the recipient next in line
You have 7 days to read and mail to next recipient

Mail using Media Mail
You must purchase a DC (delivery confirmation) when mailing your book
Email me when mailed to next recipient - include the DC code

You have 14 days (after initial 7 to read) to send a LINK to the review
You may publish your review on the blog right away OR you can wait until closer to publication
It is recommended that you use Goodreads to post review if you aren’t ready to post on blog

Happy Reading!
Jen Bigheart
I Read Banned Books & Banned Book Tours