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Q: Are eBooks available for review?
Yes. eBooks are available through the Blogging for Books program. You will need to have an Edelweiss account set up in order to download eBooks.
Q: I don't have an eBook Reader, can I still read eBooks?
A: Yes. You can download Adobe Digital Editions to read eBooks on your Mac or PC. There are also other options for reading on a mobile device using the Bluefire app, but getting this to work can be a bit tricky. You cannot read eBooks using an Kindle, Kobo or Nook apps on phones or tablets.
Q: I'm having trouble getting the eBook on my Kindle via Edelweiss.
A: Please add "@abovethetreeline.com" (no quotes) to your approved senders list under your "Manage Your Kindle" section on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage Then click on “Personal Document Settings” in the left side of the page. Then click on “Add a new approved e-mail address” Then add “@abovethetreeline” (no quotes) and click on “add address” Once you’ve done this, go back to the email you received from Edelweiss and go through the process again to download the eBook. Give Amazon 10-15 minutes...sometimes it takes them a little bit to transfer the file to your computer. Be sure to have your wireless turned on to download the file. It won’t transfer it if you’re using 3G (or if you’re using 3G it might charge you). Still having trouble, check out the help section on Edelweiss' website.
Q: What Is Klout?
A: Klout.com is a website that allows you to track your social media influence. Blogging for Books has connected with Klout via an API that, when set up by the blogger, allows Blogging for Books to know what your Klout score is. Klout measures your influence in terms of a number between 1 and 100. This allows us to push special offers, more print books and more overall book choices to bloggers that have a higher Klout score. To make a long story short, the higher your Klout score, the more offers you'll get from Blogging for Books and the better your book selection will be! For more information on Klout, please go here. To connect Klout to Blogging for Books, you'll need to log into your Blogging for Books account, click on "Manage Account," enter your Twitter handle in the Twitter box (you need a Twitter handle to connect to Klout), and then click "Yes - Connect to Klout." Please make sure there are no spaces, hashtagsor @ symbols in your Twitter name as this can cause the connection to Klout to fail. You can also check out our screencast video on Klout.
Q: My Klout Score Is Wrong in Blogging for Books, help!
A: If your Klout score is lower than it should be in Blogging for Books there are two things to try. First, make sure that your Tweets are not protected. If your Tweets are protected, you'll need to unprotect them in order for your score to match up (it's a Klout thing). Once you've unprotected your Tweets, log into Blogging for Books, click on "Manage Account" in the top right corner, go down to the section on Klout, make sure you're Twitter handle is entered (with no spaces, hastag (#) or @ symbol in the name) and that you've selected "Yes - Connect to Klout" - then go to the bottom of the page and click submit. This will take you to a confirmation page. From here, click on "Manage Account" again to see what your score is. If you continue to have problems with your Klout score, please contact us at info@BloggingForBooks.org and we'll help you out. You can also check out our screencast video on Klout.
Q: I'm having issues loading the eBook to my Nook, Sony eReader, iPad, iPhone, mobile phone or other eReading device. Help!
Q: Does my eBook stay on my device forever?
A: Yes. In the past it would only be on your device for 60 days, but we recently changed things so you get to keep the eBook forever.
Q: Are you phasing out printed review copies?
A: No. That said, with 9,500 bloggers now participating in the program, print books will now be offered only to those bloggers with minimum review rankings of at least 25 (or more depending on the title). This is the only way we can ensure that printed books get into the hands of the most active bloggers. Remember, we are now giving away free books (at random) to those that rank your reviews.
Q: What is your fair use policy in regards to how much of a book we can quote on our blog or website?
A: You can quote up to 500 words of the book without need for permission from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. When we say 500 words we mean 500 words total...if you were to post 250 words in one quote and then 500 words in another quote you would be violating our fair use policy. That said, you are allowed to post the first chapter excerpt in PDF format as provided by WaterBrook Multnomah in the form of a link directing people to download the first chapter or by embedding the first chapter using "embed" feature from WaterBrook Multnomah's Scribd page at www.Scribd.com/WaterBrook
Q: Is there a minimum amount of traffic required on my blog in order to participate?
A: Not at this time, but with so many bloggers now in the program we are working towards some changes to this policy.
Q: How do I change my account preferences?
A: If you want to change your account preferences you can do so by logging in and clicking on “Manage Account” in the top right corner.
Q: How do you choose which books to give and to whom?
A: We make books available for review based on the preferences you set when you signed up for the program. We mostly make new or upcoming releases available for review but we also add backlist titles to the list of available books for review as well. If you have a higher Klout score you'll be more likely to have a better selection of books.
Q: Where can I get a banner ad to promote the Blogging for Books program or tell the world that “I blog for books”?
A: You can download one of several animated banner ads here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/promo-materials/
Q: I live outside the USA. Can I still participate?
A: Yes. If you live outside the U.S., you can sign up. You will only be able to choose to read and review eBooks as we do not ship books outside the United States.
Q: Can I sign up for more than one review copy at a time?
A: No. You can only request one book for review at a time. When you have posted your review to the Blogging for Books site you can come back and request another review copy immediately after your review has been posted.
Q: Is there a waiting period between when I request my review copy and when I can post my review?
A: Yes. There is a 5-day waiting period starting from the day your book is shipped from our warehouse. If your book shipped on a Monday, you would not be able to post your review until the following Monday (and thus request your next review copy). This is in place in order to keep evil-warlord-book-hoarding bloggers at bay (yes...they're real).
Q: Is there a time frame for posting my review?
A: We would like you to post your review within 30 days (sooner if possible) after receiving your review copy. If you do not post your review within 90 days your account could possibly be suspended.
Q: What are the minimum requirements for a blog review?
A: Your review needs to be at least three paragraphs long. It must be original and thoughtful. If your reviews are determined to be of poor quality (too short, typos, not thoughtful, etc.) your account could be suspended. Some of the things that make a good review are: Sharing specific examples/quotes that you enjoyed, talking about how the book moved you or impacted you, creative and original reviews, posting book trailer videos, links to purchase or links to read the first chapter on www.Scribd.com (all titles should be on Scribd at www.Scribd.com/WaterBrook).
Q: On which consumer site should I post my review?
A: Some suggestions include: amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, booksamillion.com, cbd.com, familychristian.com, lifewaystores.com, mardel.com, parable.com, walmart.com, or any other consumer site that you frequent. Some retailer sites, like Amazon, do not allow you to post your review before the book's on sale date. Other sites, like ChristianBook.com (CBD), do allow you the ability to post your review before the on sale date.
Q: What if my review is negative? Should I still post it?
A: Yes, we ask for an honest review. We realize that you may not enjoy or agree with some books. However, we hope that our publishing standards mean that each book will have at least something for everyone to enjoy. Also, if you have a negative review to post, please be specific in what you did not like about the book. Please don't just put "I didn't like it," rather, share specific quotes from the book and talk at length as to what you disagree on or what you didn't like.
Q: Why do I need to post a disclaimer that I received the book for free in exchange for a review?
A: As of December 1, 2009, new FTC Guidelines state that bloggers receiving any kind of compensation should disclose that information on their blog when positing a review of the product. As you are responsible for complying with the FTC Guidelines, we recommend that you review them, available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx03/16cfr25503.html.
Q: What is the FTC disclaimer copy I should use on my site?
A: To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every review that Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. For example, “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.
Q: Does it matter when I post my review?
A: No, unlike the previous Blogging for Books program, in the new program you only need to post your review sometime in the 30-90 day window.
Q: How can I increase traffic to my blog review posts?
A: Invite your friends to read your review on sites such as Goodreads, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Q: What if I can’t remember my username or password?
A: You can request a new password by going here
Q: I’m under the age of 13? Can I participate in the Blogging for Books program?
A: No. At this time you must be at least 13 years-old to participate in the program.
If you think this stinks – send us an email.
Q: Can I Be Booted From the Blogging for Books Program?
A: Yes. WaterBrook Multnomah reserves the right to deny any application to or boot any person from the Blogging for Books program, or take down any post, for any reason. That said, there are typically two reasons you might be booted or your review may be taken down: 1) It’s crude, rude, full of profanity or otherwise unfit for all audiences on our site and 2) Your review is too short, not well written, not original or for any other reason that WaterBrook Multnomah feels it should not be kept up.
Q: What happened to the Book Blog Awards?
A:When we first launched the Blogging for Books program we added monthly and annual prizes as part of the program. After taking a recent poll and chatting with bloggers through a Facebook discussion we have decided to move from regular monthly and annual prizes to random prize drawings.
Moving forward we will award prizes at random to bloggers. We are now also setting aside roughly 50-100 free copies of various titles each month to be given to your blog readers. Whenever anyone reads and ranks your review, they will automatically be entered to win a free copy of the book that you reviewed. We will notify both you and your blog reader by email if one of your blog readers is chosen as a winner. We will ship the books out to winners as well.
If you have any questions please email BFB@WaterBrookMultnomah.com
Q: Why was my post taken down?
A: Posts are removed two ways: 1) We took it down because it added very little to the discussion on the book or because it was crude, rude or full of profanity and 2) The system automatically pulled it down because it was flagged as inappropriate by site visitors 4 times or more.
Q: Why was my account suspended?
A: You account was suspended because you either have not been posting reviews, have been posting reviews that add little to the discussion on the book(s), your reviews have included rude, crude or vulgar language or commentary or for other reasons. If you have questions about your account being suspended please contact us at BFB@WaterBrookMultnomah.com
Q: I did not receive my confirmation email
A: Give it 15 minutes. If you did not receive your confirmation email, check your spam folder. If it’s still not there shoot us an email and we can manually confirm you.
Important: Please be sure to add the email email@example.com to your safe sender list. This is the email where all updates out of the system are generated from.
Q: I received the wrong book – what do I do?
A: Email us so we can sort it out.
Q: How does the review ranking work?
A: Review rankings are based on several aspects including the number of reviews you’ve posted and how many times that review has been ranked. At the end of the day you can track your rankings by giving yourself 1 point for every star your review has received.
For instance, let’s say you post one review and it gets ranked 10 times, each time being given a 5 star ranking. That earns you 50 points on that review. Now let’s say you post two review and they both get ranked 10 times, each time being given a 5 star ranking. That earns you 50 points on each review and a combined score of 100 as a blogger.
The better your ranking, the more book selection will be. Also, if you reach an overall score of around 50-150 you’ll be eligible to request a printed review copy as opposed to an eBook (if you prefer an eBook, that option will still be available). If your overall score is in the 500-1000 range you’ll be able to request a printed review copy and an eBook.
Q: How do I know where I rank as a blogger?
A: You can always check your current status by logging on and clicking on “Manage Account” – your current and lifetime ranking is listed on the top of this page.
You can also check out the top blog reviews and top bloggers on the Blogging Wall of Fame page. Here you can see the top blog reviews and bloggers by month, year, category, subcategory and book title.
Q: Do I have to pay to participate?
A: Absolutely not. We send you review copies for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review on your blog or web site, our Blogging for Books site, and a retailer's web site. We even cover the shipping!
A: There are two main categories by which we score things: By review and by overall reviews. Let's look at how we rank a review first.
How Individual Reviews Are Ranked...
When you post a review people can rank the quality of your review. They can give it 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. Each star is worth 1 point. If one person ranked your review and gave it five stars, you have five points towards that review. If 10 people ranked your review and they all gave it one star you would have 10 points towards that review. People can only rank your review once per email address.
How Your Overall Blogger Ranking is Configured...
You now know how individual reviews are ranked (see "How Individual Reviews Are Ranked above). Let's say you placed 10 separate reviews on the Blogging for Books site. Each review was ranked and given 50 points each. You therefore have 500 points towards your overall blogger ranking. We take into account these three things (in order of priority) when determining your overall score:
#1 - Score for all active reviews (deleted or suspended reviews do not count toward your overall score)
#2 - The number of reviews you've posted
#3 - The date at which you joined the Blogging for Books program
The first number is really the one that matters most. The more points you have the higher your ranking. The second is important too, but if you posted 10 reviews and had 500 points and someone else posted 1 review and had 600 points, that person would be beating you. That said, you're more likely to have a higher ranking if you post more reviews. The third is really more of a tie breaker. If you're serious about winning prizes and becoming a top Blogging for Books blogger you really only need to do two things: First, you need to post quality reviews and get as many people to rank them as possible. Secondly, you need to post as many reviews as you can.
Tips for Getting Higher Rankings and Winning Prizes
Tip #1 - Post quality reviews. If your reviews are not thoughtful or original, you're not going to get much attention.
Tip #2 - Post as many reviews as you can. You can post a review on any WaterBrook Multnomah title at any time by logging in, clicking "post a review" and then entering the 13-digit ISBN in the "ISBN" form (remember not to add any spaces or dashes to the ISBN when entering it in the form field).
Tip #3 - Use the "Get Code" feature to embed the ranking tool on your blog or web site. This allows others to rank your review directly from your blog or web site and thus grabbing you more rankings. This tool is available under the "manage reviews" section when you are logged in. Check out this demo.
Tip #4 - Email your friends and ask them to read your review and rank it.
Tip #5 - Post about your reviews on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and any other social networking site you're apart of.
Tip #6 - Keep an eye on the top bloggers through the Blogging for Books Wall of Fame page and watch what the top bloggers do. Steal their ideas and make them your own!
Q: Can I Have Multiple Accounts? One account for each blog I have?
Q: What should I do if I haven’t received my book within the 10-14 BUSINESS DAY time frame?
A: First log in to your account and make sure your address is correct. Second, check to see if anyone else signed for your book or picked it up and forgot to tell you (UPS delivers to the front door). If neither of these explain the delay, email us and include your name, book requested, and date you received the email saying your book was batched for shipment. We’ll ask our warehouse for the tracking info and if necessary, re-ship the book.
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