General Information about Books That Hook
Founded in March of 2014, Books That Hook is the result of one friend saying to another, “Hey, what if we start our own book review blog?”
Books That Hook spent a few months on a free Blogger website, then moved to a self-hosted WordPress website, where it has been since July of 2014.
Owner, Administrator, Reviewer: Jennifer Schaper
She holds a master’s degree in Sociology but is currently working in retail after eight years of teaching online Sociology courses. She has three children and a bunch of animals. In her spare time, she works on the design, promotion, technical aspects, and posts for the blog. Jennifer is also working on writing several urban fantasy novels.
Reviewer: Misty Gee
Misty and Jennifer are friends and next-door-neighbors. Misty works in retail. She has one child. Her education includes an associate’s degree in Computer Science. Her favorite genre is paranormal romance.
About Review Requests
We only accept review copies of books we have pre-selected. This is due to a massive backlog of books that need to be reviewed. We are trying to prioritize outstanding commitments to authors and publicists, which requires limiting our acceptance of additional titles.
At the current time, all of the books that Jennifer has selected are on a Goodreads shelf. You can look to see if your book made her list. If it is, you can contact her through Goodreads or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Misty has not yet created a list, so she is still open to requests at: email@example.com if the book is paranormal or supernatural in some way.
Book Advertising on BOOKS THAT HOOK
Place your button on our sidebar (up to 300px x 225px) linking to your book, book-related blog, or author website.
7 Days for $3.50
At this time, the only online method of payment we can accept is Paypal. We require payment in advance.
All buttons must be the equivalent of PG-13 rated. We have some teens who visit the blog.
Placement of your button would be based upon available space under the “We Love Followers” box in the sidebar. If another ad is currently running, yours would go directly below that one.
We do not guarantee click-throughs, as we have no control over what someone chooses to click on. All payments are final.
Although we do participate in some tours at no cost to the author, we are selective about which ones we take on, due to time constraints and general avoidance of duplicate content. However, if you want us to feature your book, we can do so for a minimal cost.
For $5, we would post a spotlight with excerpt and promote it through our social media. We could also host a Rafflecopter giveaway if you take care of sending the winner the prize.
The charge is to cover our time to set everything up. We would make sure the spotlight stays in the top three posts for at least 24 hours.
Our only rule is that the cover and excerpt cannot be sexually explicit or overly graphic. For example, a cover with an orgy on the front would not be appropriate for this blog, even if the private parts were partially covered. Likewise, an excerpt of a sex scene would not be used. We have, on occasion, set up something fast and made the mistake of posting a sexually explicit excerpt. We are trying to do better about this, so the blog can appeal to a larger audience.
If you are interested in a spotlight or advertising space on Books That Hook, please use the Contact Form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WRITER’S CORNER GUEST POSTS
This is a free service we provide for authors. If you would like to share your thoughts on a specific topic related to writing fiction (techniques, tips, self-publishing, traditional publishing, social media, etc.), we will include it in our Writer’s Corner feature on the blog. This is a great way to reach a new audience and establish yourself as an expert in fiction writing. We promote the posts through Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter. We also reach people through email subscriptions and Bloglovin.
To sign up, please use the above link to the booking form, then email your Amazon and/or Goodreads links to us.
Our Giveaway Policy
You must be 13 years or older to enter unless the book is only intended for 18 years or older.
Unless stated otherwise, Books That Hook does not distribute the prizes. Your information will be sent to the person who organized the giveaway. That person will arrange with the author or publisher to deliver your prize.
Books That Hook reserves the right to cancel any promotion or giveaway without notice. Books That Hook is not responsible for prizes not delivered or lost/damaged in the mail.
You should add email@example.com to your email address book. Too many people have lost out on prizes because we couldn’t reach them due to spam filters.
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