Monday, April 15, 2013

BBF All-in-One Announcement!

Okay! Lot's going on in the upcoming BBF, means we have a lot to announce! First, I'd like to thank my fellow organizers for agreeing to help me out. They are Fel Wetzig, Julie Flanders and Pereza Thompson. Each one will be playing a very important role in the upcoming BBF!

Next, I'd like to announce the dates and theme of the next BBF. The dates are July 22nd through July 26th, so mark your calendars! The theme will be Book your Trip! We'll be using the line, "Check-in to the Blogger Book Fair Resort, and BOOK your trip to Far Away Places!"

You can "Grab" this button on the right side panel>>>

Since the BBF is getting so big, we've developed a Code of Conduct which must be read before signing up for the BBF.

Our next announcement is that sign ups are now open, so you can head over to the sign up page after reading the Code of Conduct, and fill out the forms. There are a few different forms over there. Here is an explanation of the different forms:

The Author Sign Up Form: Deadline is June 15th
One of the major changes we made is that you MUST have a blog to participate. We feel that it is the most fair way to make sure everyone gets exposure. If you don't have a blog, I highly recommend getting one. The BBF is the perfect event to get followers to a new or old blog.

We are also manually assigning people to their hosts/guests. On the sign up form, you will be asked how many spots you would like to open up to other authors on your blog, this will reflect the number of times you are hosted as well. Keep in mind how much work you can take on. You will be able to request to work with certain authors and we will try to meet those requests, but we CAN'T GUARANTEE anything.

The Book Blogger Sign Up Form: Deadline is June 15th
This form is for book bloggers who want to participate by hosting authors. You'll be asked some questions and your blog will be a bonus to any author you take on. You will also be asked if you'd like to review books specifically for the BBF.

The Event Sign Up Form: Deadline is July 8th
This form is if you want to host an event on your blog. Events can be contests, mini-features, mini-interviews, or anything you can think of. The event must be open to all participants, but it can be genre specific.

The Free and $.99 Book Sign Up Forms: Deadline is July 15th
Your free or $.99 book must be free or $.99 during the entire fair if you fill out this form. It is not required that you do this. These forms are simply to help us get the word out for you. If your book will only be free during part of the fair, you may fill out the giveaway form.

The Giveaway Sign Up Form: Deadline is July 15th
The giveaway form is also on the sign up page. Giveaways are no longer required. They are encouraged, since it will drive traffic to your blog, but again, not required.

Our last order of business is the BBF Donation Fund. To help get the word out about BBF, we would like to place ads on Facebook, Goodreads and other places, but to do, so we need a little help. We'd also like to have some BBF sponsored giveaways, so money donated would also go toward prizes. NO MONEY WILL BE KEPT BY ANY ORGANIZER OR PARTICIPANT.

We also have a page dedicated to people who donate. you can get a book spine in your name and your actual book spine placed on the supporters page, along with this lovely button for your blog!