Blogger Book Fair Announcement!

Hello everyone! I’ve been making some changes to Blogger Book Fair and I know that not everyone is going to like them, but I hope the event still turns out to be a blast. Below are the details, but feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. There may be a few more minor changes, but those will be announced later.

Author Fees

Yes, I know. This started out as a free blog event that any author could participate in. Unfortunately, a few factors have forced me to put a price on the event for authors only. Bloggers DO NOT need to pay to participate because they will not be selling anything. (For prices and plans see the bottom of this post.)

Here’s why I had to move from free to paid:

  • I spend TONS of hours on this event. Last year I clocked about 40 hours just in the two weeks before the event. The prep before that probably totals at another 20 to 30 so that makes at least 60 hours taken away from writing, work and other stuff. Time is precious to me these days and I need to be able to justify spending this amount of time on the event.
  • Last year, and in previous fairs, I had a lot of drop outs and no shows. It is not fair to the authors paired up with the dropouts and no shows and it is not fair to me, so I want to make sure that the participants in this event are serious about it. It is a fun event, but I do appreciate those who take their commitments seriously.
  • I want to offer better prizes. Better prizes means more traffic. My prize GOALS for this event are as follows: One Kindle giveaway (type of kindle to be determined later), one $75 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and one $50 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Your fees will go towards these prizes and the amount of sign ups will determine if we can do all of these or possibly more. Since you are essentially helping to pay for these prizes, you will get an entry option (People would have to follow you on Twitter or Facebook for an entry point) on at least one giveaway depending on which package you purchase. The money I receive will FIRST and FOREMOST go to these prizes. Only after they are fulfilled will I make any money.
  • I want to advertise the event to boost traffic. More traffic means more potential sales, followers and exposure for YOU!

Dates of the BBF

This one is minor (at least to me). Normally I have the BBF in July, but I just don’t see that working out this year, so I am moving it to September. The official dates for the 2014 BBF are September 15th through 19th. (5 Days of BBF!) If you want to make your book free or $.99 for the BBF (and get extra exposure in the process) please schedule your sale/free days for this time period.

Number of Books Per Author

I really love it when I come across an author with a HUGE catalog of books under their belt, however, it is difficult to place so many books when matching up authors for the event. That being said, the limit of books able to be promoted in the event is set at 7 books per author. It’s not always necessary to promote all your books at once. In fact, focusing on one or two books is better in  my opinion. This is because if you sell one, and the reader likes it, they will likely search out your other titles. If you’ve done the smart thing and included links to them in the back of your ebooks, you find many sales resulting from people already reading your stuff.

Package Tiers

In order to make the event affordable, yet beneficial I’ve worked out three different packages available to participating authors. Here are the details:

Book Bag Package:
$20

  • 1-3 books can be featured. (Must be by the same author.)
  • Paired up with 3 – 5 authors depending on genre.
  • Includes feature in free and $.99 books sections if applicable.
  • Includes social media promotion.
  • Includes one entry spot in one of the BBF sponsored giveaways.

 

Shelf Package:
$30

  • 1-5 books can be featured. (Must be by the same author.)
  • Paired up with 5 – 7 authors depending on genre.
  • Includes feature in free and $.99 books sections if applicable.
  • Includes social media promotion.
  • Includes two entry spots (one in each of two) of the BBF sponsored giveaways.

 

Library Package:
$40

  • 1-7 books can be featured. (Must be by the same author.)
  • Paired up with 7 – 10 authors depending on genre.
  • Includes feature in free and $.99 books sections if applicable.
  • Includes social media promotion.
  • Includes three entry spots (one in each of three) of the BBF giveaways.
  • Includes ONE clickable book image in a sidebar ad on one of the BBF days. (First paid, first featured.)

 

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