INSTRUCTIONS FOR OCTOBER-WEEN BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY!

Hello, Participants of our first block party of 2019 – the RRBC OCTOBER-WEEN BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY!

Thank you so much for signing up to be part of this wonderful project which will run the entire month of OCTOBER, 2019.  Each day there will be 1 blog on tour;  at each stop there will be DAILY GIVEAWAY PRIZES and all you have to do to earn a chance at winning, is to read the blog post or the contents of that post, and then leave a comment.  At the close of each day, there will be a winner or winners announced.  At the end of the collective tour, there will also be GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! 

Unlike traditional blog tours, here you will be hosting yourself, which means you will be promoting your own books, on your own site.   Since you will be selling yourself (your books, your blogs, and your trailers), make your stop fun, interesting and exciting…give your visitors a reason to run and tell others about your site…translation:  check the “boring” at the door.  

Here are your instructions for the tour:

*Monday, September 23 – All Participants should have sent in to RRBCInfo@gmail.com, the name and URL (address) of their blog if it was not included on their registration form;

*Monday, September  23 – All Participants should have sent in to RRBCInfo@gmail.com, what their Daily Giveaway(s) will be for their blog if this information was not included on their registration form, as well as the actual door prizes.  Virtual door prizes should be gifted to RRBCInfo@gmail.com;

*Thursday, September 26 – All Participants will receive confirmation of the date the block party will be visiting their blog, so watch your email closely;

*Tuesday, October 1 – A page will go live under the BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY tab, listing the name of each participating blog on our 31-day Calendar for October!!!  Each day, a link to the participating blog on that specific day will go live on this calendar;

*Your BLOCK PARTY blog post should go live no later than 11 PM CT (THE NIGHT BEFORE the Block Party is due to stop at your blog) OR, ensure that your blog post is *LIVE* before you turn in for the evening;

*Your blog post for the BLOCK PARTY should be the first (top) post on your site for a full 24 hours, on your scheduled day.  This means that if someone were to use the main URL to your blog site, the first post they will see is your BLOCK PARTY post.  You should not schedule any new posts to go live on that day, on your site;

*If you moderate your comments before they are approved on your site, please be diligent in getting all comments that are being held, released onto your site just as quickly as possible;

*RRBC will collect the names of each person who left comments on each site by midnight central time;

*Your blog post can be on any topic you’d like in the writing arena (i.e. why you write, book excerpts, character interviews, etc.), but please, if you’re going to write a blog post, make it as interesting as possible for your visitors, OR, you can do a simple profile of your books, similar to this SAMPLE;

*The URL that you submit to be linked on the tour line-up page, should go directly to your post regarding the block party.  Your page CANNOT have any promotions of any books other than your own (even as giveaways), and those books MUST be already listed in the RRBC catalog, as we do not direct members to books that aren’t listed that they might purchase, read and review and not receive credit on.  If the bulk of your site is filled with promotion of non-RRBC member books, we will not be able to list your site as part of the block party tour and your registration fee will be refunded.  Before being linked, all sites will be vetted;

*RRBC has its very own Literary Services Directory for our members to offer their services to fellow members.  That being said, the services that will be allowed to be promoted within RRBC, will be services that have been vetted FIRST.

*As a Participant, you will be sent a “balloon” badge to attach to your blog post, which will let each visitor to your blog site know that you are a part of the BLOCK PARTY.  Please attach this badge at the very top of your BLOCK PARTY page.

*At the top of your blog post, YOU MUST state what your Daily Prizes are, as well as the number of winners you will have from your site.  Take a look at the top of the SAMPLE page here to see how this info has been placed.  Let’s be honest, people like to win GREAT prizes, and although you might think your book is the best thing since sliced bread, I don’t know how many people will be rushing to your site to engage and leave comments if they know that they could ONLY win an e-book copy of your book.  Even a $5 Amazon gift card makes most visitors happy. Now, if an ebook is all you choose to give away, that’s fine, I just thought I’d mention this because we know how people are;

*If you don’t support other members’ stops along the tour, your stop will not be allowed to be listed on the line-up page, and/or it will be removed.  Also, you may be asked to remove the banner from your blog post and cease promoting it using the club’s hashtags. It is unfair to all the members of RRBC who continually support their fellow members, to be asked to support you when you show no support for them;

*All paperback/autographed copies of books and other tangible giveaways are to be shipped at cost to the blog owner and we cannot be responsible if a winner is pulled from your site and they don’t reside in your country of origin.  For this reason, we suggest only gifting virtual items such as gift cards and ebooks. 

This is all for now.  Should you have any questions which were not answered here AFTER you have read everything on this page, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at RRBCInfo@gmail.com.  Now, let’s get ready to make this the best BLOCK PARTY ever!!!

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11 responses

  1. Great! I look forward to receiving the “balloon” badge to attach to my blog post. Thank you for the useful information.

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  2. Hey, guys, I would like to make some Pinterest graphics for each day of the tour. Would you all be so kind as to reply with the name of the book or books you intend to focus on in your post? Thanks much!

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    1. Thank you very much, A.M. Manay. Here is the name of my book: Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude. If you want to image of the book, here is the link: http://amazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9

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    2. What a wonderful thing to do, Anne Margaret! I will be promoting two books – my new 90-Day Alpha/Omega Wins, “Jewel” and “A Soldier’s Children!” Thanks so much!

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    3. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

      I am promoting 4 books on the tour in two blogs: Our Lady of Victory; Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge!!; A CITIZEN’S GROUP IN ACTION: Saving a Train Station; and NEWSPAPER CHRONICLES. If that’s too much then take your pick. Thanks so much Ann Margaret.

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  3. Can’t wait. Oh, what to post? Now my mind is in overdrive!!

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  4. Thank you! This is very helpful.

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  5. This is very helpful. I’m all set! Thank you!

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  6. So excited for this event. Where is the calendar to find it though? I thought it would be under this link. Thanks so much I can’t wait for my day!!!

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  7. The SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY is going to be such fun!

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