Friday, June 4, 2010

Participant Information

Posted by Gina at 9:41 AM
glitter -

You've come this must want to learn more.

First and foremost...the ONE requirement.
Your site MUST be a BOOK BLOG in order to participate!
This means that your site must feature posts bookish in nature at least 50% of the time.

Secondly....the STRONG suggestion...
The prize should be bookish in nature.
What does that mean?  Anything from a book to a bookmark, a book cover to tote bag....anything that can be tied back to a book or books!  This is a celebration of books after all...

Now on to the suggestions....
...remember, these are only suggestions, but please consider them for some helpful pointers.

Use Google Docs for gathering your contest entries.
The reason for this one is pure and makes it SO EASY!  If you need a little help getting one started, the Google site is fairly step by step with their instructions....should you need a little more help, just contact us and we'll be happy to lend a hand.

EMAIL your contest winner.
Okay, so we'd all love to expect those that enter to visit our site every single day, especially when they've entered a contest to see if they've won...but let's be realistic, not everyone can.  So, in order to have the most bookish fun possible, we make the suggestion of sending an email to your winner and giving them 48 to 72 hours to respond before drawing a new name.

Consider "following" as an option, not a requirement.
It's true, we all want more followers and the higher the number, the bigger the smile.  HOWEVER, if you really want followers that will stay with you and actually read your content in lieu of simply "following" in order to gain a chance to win...consider making this an option as opposed to a requirement.


So, what's in it for you besides the contest fun?
No worries...we've already thought of that.
The world of book blogging is about community.  The moment you start a book blog you are invited into this "family" with open's finding those arms that can be tricky sometimes.  As in most situations, your rise from "little-known-blogger-with-potential" to "bloggin-with-the-best" is somewhat dependent on who you know and the only way to be known is to get your name (site) out there.
That's where this celebration comes in...

We've set the stage for book bloggers exclusively, so you couldn't be in better company, and we want to feature YOUR site!

Submit your information no later than July 10th....
and be featured in one of our weekly (possibly daily depending on the number of blogs participating) blog shout outs!  We'll include your display name, site name, 'about the site' blurb, and link....all for readers to check out in their daily travels.

Think you might be running a little low on time?
No worries...we've got you covered.
Sites submitted July 11th through July 17th will still be able to participate in the event just without a feature on the main site.
***UPDATE:  Due to popular demand, the deadline for sign up has been extended to July 21st!  Join the fun!***

 Are you still with me?
That's GREAT!
To submit your site for this event, fill out this FORM. Please email us at gotbooksevent {at} gmail {dot} com for consideration currently.
(Just click the word "form" above.)
Someone will get back to you as soon as possible regarding your site's approval status.
(Don't worry, we're not judging your site...merely making sure only book blogging sites make it in.)

**Thank you so much for your interest in The Got Books? Event! Miss the deadline for entry? Make sure to come back for the actual event on July 23rd and 24th and be sure to check back for details about the next Got Books? Event date!**

Let's make this an event to remember!


Jen Vincent on June 8, 2010 at 2:02 PM said...

What a cool idea!!!! :) I can't wait!

Mystee on June 9, 2010 at 2:25 AM said...

Form's been submitted and calendar days marked off :)

Got on June 9, 2010 at 7:30 AM said...

Welcome aboard everyone! Glad to see the interest in the event. Spread the word and get ready for the fun! ^_^

Bitsy Bling Books on June 10, 2010 at 8:52 AM said...

Sounds like fun. Can't wait to be part of a larger book blog community. Love linking up and checking out book recommendations. After all, I'm a reader, not just a reviewer.

Got grab a badge. Let me know and I will hook you up.


Got on June 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM said...

Well said Charlie! We couldn't agree more...

BURIED IN BOOKS on July 13, 2010 at 11:47 AM said...

I love this contest! Great way to bring new followers to our sites and to have my first contest. I was a little nervous about it. Now I feel guided. But I went to Google Docs and can't figure out which one to use for the contest. Any help would be appreciated. Also, do you need any donation? I saw the Wicked series in the picture frame. I have the first four books in two books if you want them. Heather

Got on July 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM said...

Buried in Books: We're glad you joined us...the events coming up quick! Regarding Google Docs, it's a new spreadsheet then a form you want to create. We'll send you a DM on Twitter in case you have further questions. As far a donations, that's truly up to you! Check out our sponsor page for a complete run down on those behind the Kick-Off contest currently....for any further details/questions, feel free to email! ^_^

LiteracyDocent on July 16, 2010 at 4:12 AM said...

Gearing up for next weekend! I created the spreadsheet on Google Docs but can't seem to embed it into my kick-off post. Any suggestions? Also, what would be your advice...a new post for each day of the event or on post for the weekend?

Thanks so much!

Got on July 16, 2010 at 7:22 AM said...

The Book Maven: The form can be embedded or simply linked to. To embed it, you need to insert the code provided by Google Docs into your post. To link to the form, merely choose a word in your post to use as the link and insert the code shown at the bottom of the entry form you created.
Regarding the post suggestion, either way is fine by us. I would look to your scheduling needs to determine the value of one post versus two...remember, keep it fun, not taxing.
If you need further assistance, feel free to email us! ^_^

Caffey on July 18, 2010 at 10:46 PM said...

I'm signing up to do too! The form is gone up there now, but wanted you to know I'm doing it as well this month, and just found out about it later but look forward to signing up early next year. But more, looking forward to giving away a trilogy at my blog on the Got Books weekend!

now to tackle the google form!


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