Monday, April 29, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 SIGN UP!

Are you ready to SIGN UP?


Here's what you have to do:

1. Post on your site and declare your intentions to join us. It's EASY. Grab the official blurb (below) and our button (in the sidebar) and create a post.
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

2. Add your link to the linky in this post.

3. -OPTIONAL- Add your social media profile links into the Google form BELOW the official linky.

4. On May 13th, READ!

To read the full explanation of sign up changes, visit this post.

If you want an example of a sign up post, check out Kelly's.

Official Sign Up

Remember: you must post a DIRECT LINK to your sign up post. 

If you're only participating on Twitter, link up your "I'm participating in Bout of Books!" tweet, NOT your Twitter profile.

Want to share that you signed up for Bout of Books? Tweet it!


Check yourself.

Did you use the linky up there? ^

If you did NOT, you are NOT signed up.

Do not proceed.

Go back.

Get signed up.

Then come back.

Social Hour Sign Up


It is not the official sign up form.

Monday, April 22, 2013

New sign-up procedure for #boutofbooks 7.0

Note: This is NOT the sign-up post. The official sign-up post will go live on Monday, 4/29.

Howdy, #boutofbooks-ers!

Amanda and I have been brainstorming on ways to streamline the sign-up process and we've come up with something that is a little different from what we've done in the past.

On Monday, 4/29, the sign-up linky will go live. In order to be considered a participant of Bout of Books 7.0, you need to have a post declaring your intention to join us so you can link that post in the linky. This post can either be a simple "I'm participating in Bout of Books 7.0" with our official blurb and a link back to our site OR you can go the full monty and list out your goals, books you intend to read, etc. YOUR CHOICE.

Easy peasy, right?

In addition to the linky, there will also be an OPTIONAL section to add your social media links to our Social Hour. This is so we, as a community of book lovers, can interact and find one another across the blogosphere.

"But, guys," you might be saying, "why the changes? I liked it the way it was!"

Quite simply, the previous process with the Master List was the single largest component of Bout of Books that caused confusion. We addressed sign-up issues every read-a-thon that drove it home that we needed to change the way we were doing things.

So we are.

Bottom line: The new procedure requires ONLY that you declare your intent to join us for the read-a-thon and link up that post on the sign-up post (check out the Getting Started page for the official blurb and buttons, if you want to prepare your post early).

If you don't have a blog, we have a couple of options for you...
  • Tweet about the read-a-thon and link that tweet in the sign-up linky
  • Post about the read-a-thon on Facebook and link that post in the sign-up linky
  • Leave a comment on the sign-up post letting us know you'll be joining us and link that comment in the linky. (in the event you have no other outlet) 
If you have any questions about the new sign-up process, please comment here or talk to us on Twitter or Facebook. And don't worry--we'll go over everything again during the actual sign up.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Call for Help with #boutofbooks 7.0

Bout of Books 7.0 is May 13th through May 19th

Like us on Facebook 
and follow us on Twitter 
to join the social media fun.

We need YOUR help. This post is ONLY for people who want to host a challenge.

Challenges information

  • Bloggers host challenges on their own blogs. (If you do not have a blog, you may host it here.)
  • Challenges run for 24 hours and run from midnight CST to midnight CST.
  • There will be a limit of two challenges per day.
  • Challenge sign up will close April 21st at 11:59pm CST.

Preference will be given to challenges that are NOT genre specific.