Book Review Blog Carnival


How To Host A Blog Carnival
August 8, 2009, 2:46 am
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Want to host the Book Review Blog Carnival? Here’s how you do it.

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Most of the dull boring administrative work of running the carnival is done automatically by blogcarnival.com . If you have submitted posts to a carnival you already know what that process is like. Each time someone submits a post, blogcarnivalc.om sends an email to the host of the upcoming carnival, that contains all the information from the submission form. These will start coming in on the day that the carnival before yours is posted and continue coming in through the day before yours is due to go live.

As host it will be your job to read those emails and determine whether the post submitted qualifies to be a part of the Book Review Blog Carnival. It’s pretty easy to tell what qualifies. Just ask yourself, “Is this a book review?” Most submissions will fit that simple criteria. Some will be totally irrelevant and some will be promotional pieces from publishers of questionable e-books. Simply trash those off the wall and questionable submissions. Do not contact their authors.

You need to read the actual posts. The next step is to write one or two sentences describing each qualified post submitted. I recommend writing them as the submissions come in and saving them in a text editor. It’s ok to use some of the post author’s own words, but please don’t just copy and paste the boring, repetitive verbiage supplied by bogcarnival.com. You are a writer after all, so write!

If the person submitting a post selects a category, it will be supplied to you, however you are free to organize your carnival in any way you see fit. Be creative in how you group the submissions. Put some art, public domain art, of course, or something original, on the post. Make it look good but also make it fit in with the general appearance of your own blog.

Blogcarnival.com will send you an email on the day of publication which will have every submission listed on it. Please don’t copy and paste this “instacarnival” into your blog.

Once your carnival is posted send me an email, please. I will let everyone who’s email address I have managed to save, so that they can help to publicize it. Inbound links, reciprocating the ones you are sending out, will help to bring readers to all of our blogs.

If you write book reviews on your blog and would like to be a carnival host, please email me at the address in the sidebar above. I am always looking for hosts.

Clark

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