Tuesday, March 5, 2013

BBF Team! Open positions for volunteers!

As you all know, the BBF is growing and keeping up with it means I need help. That's right. I'm not afraid to ask for help when I need it. Below are two positions I have open for the BBF team. Email bloggerbookfair@gmail.com if you are interested in one of these positions. You must have enough time on your hands to donate to the event and you must be good with computers and preferably know about Google Drive, Blogger and the social media platforms I've listed in the first position.
Free, $.99 and Giveaway Management AKA Promo Management: You would be known as the Promotion Manager. I have already set up Google sign up forms for people to enter their free, $.99 and giveaway info. Your tasks would include managing the sign up forms (I will share them with you on Google Drive), using the information to update the corresponding pages on the BBF site, and using the social media platforms (Facebook page, Google+, Goodreads and coming soon: twitter) to promote these deals during the fair.
General Organization: You would be known as the BBF Assistant Organizer. I can not forsee all tasks that I may need help with and therefore, your tasks would be helping out when possible with participant organization, promotion, ad management and more. Nothing too crazy, just smaller tasks that I can delegate or larger tasks that I will need help with.

There is one more position: Event Management. This position has been filled and an announcement will follow after the other two positions are filled.
I wish I could afford to pay you if you decide to take on one of these positions, but I can't. So instead you will be included on the "About Us" page with links to you and your sites. There will also be space allowed on the side panel for a button leading to your blog.

Monday, March 4, 2013

BBF Reader's Choice Awards!

At the February Blogger Book Fair Sheri at the Shut Up and Read blog hosted the BBF Reader's Choice Awards. She was also our host at the first BBF Reader's Choice Awards.

You can see all the winners on the Reader's Choice Awards Page and simply click on the images to check them out on Amazon!

There were some awesome books and lots of very close races. If you are looking for a new read a great one is bound to be on this list and there are tons of genres to choose from.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Survey results and decision time for me!

Alright participants! As you know I put up a survey to be taken by those of you who participated in the BBF last month. I've gotten some interesting results and I'm going to share them with you and explain how they influenced my decisions.

First, let's get a little info about who took the survey. (Not specifically of course, just an overview) For the BBF the participants were about 1/3 second timers and 2/3 first timers. That's not a surprise since this BBF was much bigger than the first and it's only the second one. Let's see the ratio of people who took the survey:

Pretty darn close to 1/3 first time and 2/3 second time, so I'm pretty happy with this.

Let's move on to question #2 Would you like to participate in the next BBF?

Most of you said yes, other said maybe, so I'm pretty happy with the fact that no one said "no." Let's look at why there were "maybe" answers in there. For the most part, the ones who said "maybe to this question, said "no" to the next one. Did you see any positive results from the fair?

Now, a few people said "no" and does not make me happy. I will say that BBF is not a guarantee that you will sell books. It is merely a means to get your name and the title of your book out there. The road to sales is paved with the possibility of discovery. How will you get discovered by your potential readers? That is the goal here. There is no proven method of selling books. That being said, I still want to work to get this number up. I want everyone saying "yes" to this question next time around. I'm working to streamline things a bit and we'll talk more on that soon.

The next question is: How did you feel about the 4 day length of the BBF? Here are the results:

Only one person said it was too long. I have a feeling that it may be due to the complexity and the email chaos that made this person feel this way. It could also be that not everyone wants to blog everyday, but I do not require that you blog everyday of the BBF. I only require two posts from you for the duration of the fair. If you'd like to do more, you can. That is up to you. Six of you said it was too short and twelve said it was just right. This has lead me to extend the BBF to five days instead of four. As for the days of the week it will be on . . . well, look at these results:

At first glance it looks like the results are all over the place. No one is agreeing. That's somewhat true. four of you said you were apathetic about the days of the week, so I'm going to assume you're down for anything. Those of you who said "other" had explanations that ranged from starting it on Wednesday to starting it on a Friday. Since it seems so divided, I made an executive decision after doing some research. My research pointed out that the most click-throughs (clicks on links posted to twitter) happen Monday through Friday. Therefore, in the interest of getting the most click-throughs, the BBF will be Monday through Friday.

On to the next controversial subject. How do you feel about being paired with authors by the organizer according to genre? Here are the results:

I was pretty astounded that 73% of you were willing to let me pair you up manually. I honestly though the results would be more of a 50/50 split. I'm still a little uncomfortable with the 21% who said they would not want to be automatically paired up. This is where I have to make a hard decision. 

For the next BBF I will be assigning partners based on genre and other factors. During sign ups, you will be asked how many spots you will open up to individual promotion on your blog during the BBF. That number will also represent the number of times you will be featured on a blog in an individual post. (There will be more opportunities to be featured through book bloggers and events open to all participants) There will be a spot on the sign up form where you can REQUEST to work with certain authors. I will try my best to meet all requests, but there may be times that I can't fulfill all of them. This is a trial and if it goes well, I'll be assigning partners for all future BBF's and if it doesn't, I'll have to come up with something else.

What I'm trying to do is cut down on the crazy email so that we can focus on creating interesting and remarkable content for the BBF. Please give this system a chance and you might be pleasantly surprised.