1. What happens if I don't get the book on time? The book tour organizer will be contacting you one month prior to the tour to see if you’ve received the book. Feel free to contact us if you don’t receive the book at least three weeks before you’re to review it.
2. Is there a specific time to publish my post on the day I'm scheduled for the tour? Please publish your post before 10 am Eastern time.
3. What do you expect from my book review? We expect your honest opinion. Authors and publishers appreciate more than just a few lines, however. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind when reviewing a book:
Write your honest thoughts about the book. Did it capture and hold your attention? Did you enjoy the story? What did you like about it? Was there anything you didn't like and why? What about the setting, characters and plot? If you are reviewing a children's book, make sure to comment on the illustrations.The answers to these types of questions will be more helpful and interesting for your audience than simply writing a book report that just summarizes what the book is about.
Be careful not to provide "spoilers" when reviewing fiction. Please don't ruin the story for others by telling key details that unfold or reveal how the book ends. This is especially true when you review suspense and mystery novels.
If you write a long review, please be sure to use paragraph breaks so that the review is easier to read.
Remember that a review is about the book and its content. You may agree or disagree with what the books says or how it is written, but being personally critical of the author doesn't offer your audience much value. We will remove from our list any tour host who bashes our authors with unkind and sarcastic remarks.
4. Would you like me to post my review elsewhere? We would love for you to post a review on other sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Nobles, Chapter Indigo, Book Depository, etc.
5. What if I don't like the book I'm reviewing? You are not obliged to review a book that makes you uncomfortable. We will provide you with information on the book, including its content, when we send our request to you. This should help you decide if it’s a book you want to review or showcase on your blog. You are entitled to your opinion (that’s what a review is, after all!) so feel free to mention both what you liked or did not like about the book.
However, if you do not finish reading the book or cannot say anything worthwhile about the book, we prefer you let us know and either post a book spotlight instead or simply ask to be removed from the tour.
6. What information should I include in my book tour post? For book spotlights, we will send you all the info and you need only copy and paste it into your blog post. For book reviews, please include along with your review the information we will provide in the press release: book cover image, author bio and pic and any author links to their social media, if you wish. You may also include the blog tour stops or the link to the blog tour home page. At the bottom of your post please indicate that you received a complimentary copy from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest opinion of the book.
7. Can I reschedule my tour stop or cancel if something prevents me from participating in the tour? We appreciate that as a tour host you are voluntarily helping to spread the word about authors and their books. Therefore, if circumstances prevent you from keeping your commitment, we understand. Life is full of surprises! So contact us immediately and we will either try to reschedule or find another tour host to replace your spot.
8. How do author interviews work? We will either provide you with Q&A already prepared that you just need to copy and paste on your blog, or you can make up your own questions for the author. The choice will depend on the availability of the author. In the latter case, we ask that you give the author two weeks to answer your questions.
9. How do guest posts work? We will either provide you with a guest post already prepared that you just need to copy and paste on your blog, or you can send the topic for a guest post to the author. The choice will depend on the availability of the author. In the latter case, we ask that you give the author two weeks to write up the guest post.
10. How do book giveaways work? It depends on the author or publisher. We will inform you when organizing the tour if there is a giveaway and all the info pertaining to it. The author or publisher will be responsible for sending the book out to the winner. It’s advisable to have a giveaway policy on your blog. Here is an example: http://libraryofcleanreads.blogspot.ca/p/giveaway-policy.html
11. Do you offer tour host incentives? Yes, we do! For every 20 tours that you participate in (20 published posts - can be reviews, book spotlights, guest posts or interviews) you will get a $10 Amazon gift card. Posting your review on Amazon and Goodreads will count as a published post, therefore accelerating your number of published posts. Just send me the link to these reviews and I will include them. Therefore: 20 published posts = $10 Amazon Gift Card!
12. Can I refer your tour host program to another blogger? Yes, of course! We would love that.