Monday, May 27, 2013

Need a Bout of Books Fix Before 8.0?

Get your Bout of Books fill on JUNE 24TH.


On Monday, June 24th at 1pm CST (time zone conversion), we're going to have Get Your Fix #boutofbooks chat.

What will we be doing, you ask?

Chatting.

Chatting about bookish topics.

You LIKE chatting about bookish topics, right?

So join us on June 24th.
At 1pm CST (TZC).
On Twitter.

(Don't worry. We'll post a reminder about the chat so you don't forget.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What We Learned from the New Sign-Up Process

(And What You Can Expect in the Future)


Those of you who have been with the Bout of Books read-a-thon for a while know that 7.0 introduced a new sign up process. I want to briefly touch on why we made the change, problems we saw, and what we'll do for future read-a-thons.

Why


1. The Google form and spreadsheet--introduced while I was on wordpress.com and unable to provide a linky--was causing too much work for Kelly and me. We spent too much time fixing links and fielding questions about it.

2. We wanted people to post about the read-a-thon (declare their intention to participate!) to help us spread the word.

Problems


1. Mass confusion about the difference between the official sign up linky and the social hour form.

2. Kelly and I spent too much time comparing the entries on the sign up linky to the entries on the social hour spreadsheet and goals linky.

3. Links that went to homepages instead of direct posts. This is a problem because we use your "I'm participating in Bout of Books!" post to verify your participant for prizes. We don't have the time to track down your post.

Moving Forward


1. The social hour form will move to the social hour page and will exclusively be used to build our Twitter list.

2. You will be asked to link up with the same name everywhere.

3. If your participation entry goes to your homepage, you'll be disqualified from receiving prizes. You'll be responsible for double checking; we won't police you.

4. If you need to fix your link, you are responsible for doing so. The linky allows you to delete and re-add your own links.

5. We'll endeavor to make the sign up process as clear as possible and provide examples.

What do YOU think? Share what you thought of our new sign up process.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Grand Prize Winner!

Bout of Books 7.0 has ended but the fun doesn't stop until the Grand Prize Winner is announced!

And the Winner is...
Logan E. Turner
Logan's winning entry came from tweeting about the grand prize!

Congratulations, Logan!
Keep your eye on your inbox, you'll be receiving emails from Amanda and Shirley soon!

We would like to thank everybody who signed up and participated in the read-a-thon. We're always striving to make this event the best it can be and we couldn't do that without your enthusiastic participation.

Please note that the challenge hosts are responsible for notifying winners and announcing prizes on their own blogs for the mini-challenges.

For those that are interested in helping out for the next Bout of Books, we post a call for help roughly a month prior to the start of the read-a-thon - which will be around July 22nd for 8.0. Keep an eye on this blog for that announcement.

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make Bout of Books 7.0 a success! We appreciate that you love books and that you're willing to shout it to the stars!

-Kelly and Amanda

Monday, May 20, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Wrap Up

Congratulations!
You have survived Bout of Books 7.0

Thank you for participating.
You've made 7.0 the BIGGEST Bout of Books yet.


In this post, we invite you to link up to your overall progress for Bout of Books. You don't have to create a wrap-up post--it can be your goals post with day 7's progress.

Whatever works for you, works for us.

Here are important informational nuggets you probably want to know:

Bout of Books 8.0 will be from August 19th to 25th.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced TOMORROW.

Challenge hosts are responsible for announcing their own winners.

We'll have a #boutofbooks chat between now and August. Watch this space for details.

Following this blog is the BEST way to stay up to date on EVERYTHING.

Since we can't reach out to everyone personally to remind them about upcoming events (though wouldn't that be awesome?), we do our best to keep this blog updated with the most current information. That means you're responsible for following us if you want to receive the latest news.

On Wednesday, we'll talk about the new sign-up process: why we did it, problems we encountered, and what you can expect to see in future read-a-thons.

The linky will remain open for as long as it says it's open. (Until May 31st.)



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 7

The end is in sight.
Keep reading!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

If You Like...Then You'll Enjoy... hosted by Snarky Bird, Uber Nerd

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the sixth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 6

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


9:30am to 10:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

One Genre Book Spine Poetry hosted by Smash Attack Reads!

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 10am CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.

We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

Need the best way to follow along? Join the #boutofbooks TweetChat room.

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fifth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 5

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Resummarize a Cover hosted by Queen Ella Bee Reads

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the fourth day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 4

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly


Challenges

Acrostic Poem hosted by Harley Bear Book Blog
Personify a Book hosted by Kimberly Erskine

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the third day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 3

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda


Challenges

Create a Cover hosted by I Talk Books!

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 8pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @soulswallo
@boutofbooks is on standby

The chat will last one hour. You do NOT have to follow the host. If the host gets stuck in Twitter jail, she will take over the @boutofbooks handle.

The questions are below. We will use the Q1/A1 system. The host ask the question using Q1, Q2, and so on. You respond using A1, A2. EASY!

Need the best way to follow along? Join the #boutofbooks TweetChat room.

Q1. Introduce yourself. What is your name and blog? (with link!)
Q2. How are you doing with your goals?
Q3. Fill in the blank: “Bad days require books with ___”
Q4. You’re being written into a book as a character. What type of character would you be and why?
Q5. Tell us your favorite character. (Name, Title, Author) What makes them stand out? #boutofbooks
Q6. Fill in the blank: “Did you know that I___?” (tell us something unique about yourself!) #boutofbooks
Q7. What’s the best piece of #boutofbooks advice you’ve been given? (or would give?)

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the second day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 2

Today is the LAST DAY to GET SIGNED UP.
Are YOU signed up PROPERLY?
Only properly signed up participants
ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES.

You like prizes, right?
Get signed up.
Do it right.
We will reward you.
_________________________


Congratulations!

You survived the first day of the read-a-thon!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Amanda
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Kelly



Please note: the form for the sign up will stay open through TODAY.
It closes Wednesday at midnight (TZC)

Challenges

Book to Music hosted by Medusa's Library
Alternate Titles hosted by The Book Barbies

Updates

The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day (today's link should be to your progress for the first day of the read-a-thon).  Please include a DIRECT LINK to your update post.  If you do not follow directions, your link will be deleted.


Monday, May 13, 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 Day 1


Want to win any of the lovely prizes during Bout of Books?
You MUST be signed up.
You must be signed up CORRECTLY.
With a direct link to your sign up post.
With your direct link in the sign up linky. (That's here.)
If you don't have a sign up post, make one.
If you signed up with the wrong link: DELETE IT
Then add the right one.
YOU CAN DO IT.

Welcome to Bout of Books 7.0!

Tune into important @boutofbooks announcements from:


10:30am to 11:00am CST (TZC) - Kelly
7:30pm to 8:00pm CST (TZC) - Amanda



Please note: the form for the sign up will stay open through TODAY and TOMORROW.
It closes Wednesday at midnight (TZC)

Challenges

Book Spine Poetry hosted by Escape Through the Pages

Twitter Chat Information

TZC = Time Zone Conversion
There is a Twitter chat today at 1pm CST (TZC)
The chat will be hosted by @BookBender
@boutofbooks is on standby


    Updates


    The way these updates work is that you post your progress for the previous day.  Because today is the first day, we're linking goals rather than progress.  If you have already submitted your goal post, you do NOT have to link again.  It is the same linky.

    Monday, May 6, 2013

    Bout of Books 7.0 Goals

    Welcome to Bout of Books 7.0!

    This is not the link for your sign up post.

    THIS IS NOT THE SIGN UP POST.

    The sign up post is here.

    This is for your goals.

    SHARE YOUR GOALS HERE!

    In this post, you can link to wherever you have your goals posted. To be considered for a prize in any of our challenges, you must have a post about your goals and be actively tracking your progress.

    Here is more information you should know:
    • This linky will also be available during the first day of the read-a-thon, so if you don't have your goals set yet there is no rush.
    • If you're not sure what information to include, check out our template on the help page
    • Please make sure this is a DIRECT link to your goal post.

    If you have questions about your goals or how to track progress, visit our FAQ page. If you can't find the answers on the Help page, tweet us!

    This is for goals only. If you have not entered your link in THIS LINKY, you are not officially signed up.