Below is everything you need to know about being a UKBT'r. Any section that has a been highlighted in red signifies a three-strikes-and-your-out policy. These are the rules that you MUST follow. Some of these may seem tough but they allow us to continue to run UKBT with peace and goodwill to all bloggers!
Who can take part?
In order to take part in a book tour you must have been actively running a book blog for at least three months and be posting regular content (we will check this out). As bloggers start joining we'll have a UKBT members page where we can link back to your blogs.
How do I sign up?
Firstly, make sure you're following the UKBT blog - you can do so via Blogger and we hope to soon have email subscriptions up and running too. Every time a title becomes available to tour, we'll run a promotional post with a sign up sheet underneath which will remain open for a week. Each tour has 12 places available and participants will be chosen randomly from the sign up sheet.
Basically, our policy is simple - no information that you give to UKBT will be used for any reason out with the book tours you sign up for and will not be passed on to any third party.
How long do I keep the book for?
You can keep each book for a maximum of two weeks. When you receive each book you MUST email UK Book Tours and let us know that you received it. You must also let us know as soon as you post it on to the next person.
Do I have to review each book?
Ideally, we'd like you to review each UKBT title within a month of receiving it and link your review using the Mr. Linky you will find under each title's promotional post. If you feel, for whatever reason, that you cannot review the book then you should contact us to let us know why - don't worry about doing so, we understand that sometimes it's hard to find much to say.
What if I didn't enjoy the book?
It's entirely up to you whether you review positively or negatively - but we would ask that you review constructively. If you are really uncomfortable reviewing a book you disliked then let us know and let it go!
Do I have to cover postage costs?
Yes. UKBT strongly suggest that you send each book recorded delivery as should a book go missing we will ask you for proof of postage. If you cannot afford to cover postage then please do not sign up for a tour. We also expect each book to be packaged securely, preferably in a padded envelope.
What if I lose or damage a book?
Firstly, it should go without saying that we hope you will treat these books as any you might borrow, be it from a friend or the library - don't read them in the bath, keep them away from toddlers/puppies/beverages etc. However, shit happens and we understand that accidents/loss is sometimes unavoidable. If something happens to the book while in your care then it is vital that you LET US KNOW. If the book has been lost in the post and you can provide proof of postage then no problem, if you damage a book then we may ask you to replace it (particularly if the person who donated it to UKBT wishes to have it returned). If a book arrives and has already been damaged then again, let us know.
Can I donate a book to UKBT?
Yes! We actively encourage it. If you wish to donate any titles then get in touch and tell us what they are. We'll then promote the tour and ask you to send the title to the first person on the tour sheet after which we'll administer the continuing tour. If you'd like your book back at the end of the tour (each tour lasts approximately 20 weeks) then we can organise that. Any books that are left in our care will, in the case of finished copies, be donated to libraries or, in the case of ARCs be used for a bi-annual prize draw.