We are so excited to be able to announce the details and begin the sign-ups for the 2nd Annual AUTHORS ARE ROCKSTARS Tour that we’re bringing back to you this August.
If you are unfamiliar with last year’s tour, check out the final tour schedule HERE.
Just like last year, our goal is to put as many of our favorite rockstar authors in the spotlight across the blogosphere as we can. So, for the month of August we’ll be matching up the rockstar authors who have agreed to go on tour with the bloggers who are their biggest fans.
Depending upon the number of authors who end up participating in the event, there could be as many as five or six authors being spotlighted around the blogosphere each day of the month.
And with 131 authors currently on board we’ve already surpassed last year’s totals.
Each stop on the tour will consist of an interview or guest post. Some stops may have a pre-written post or interview, but most stops will require the bloggers to come up with post topics and interview questions.
And some of the stops may have a giveaway provided by the author or publisher. As hosts of this event we do not ask for giveaway prizes, so not every stop will include a giveaway.
But every stop on the tour will be at a blog who thinks the author they’re hosting rocks!
And while we’d love to be able to include every single author we think is a rockstar and every blogger who signs up to participate, we are just three bloggers and we do have limits to the number of stops we can handle each day.
Last year’s event was amazing. And even though it was a lot of work to put it together, as event hosts we had a lot of fun. This year we hope to make it an even more exciting event. And this year we are super stoked to have Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads on board as a co-host.
All the information about the event and the link for bloggers to sign up is below. But first let us present to you the participating authors.
Here are the authors (in alphabetical order by first name) currently on tour.
The list will be updated as new authors are added, so be sure to check back to see if your rockstar authors will be on tour this August!
** We are still accepting authors for the tour **
Alexander Gordon Smith
Allison van Diepen
Amy Butler Greenfield
Ann Redisch Stampler
Cara Lynn Shultz
Cinda Williams Chima
Jackie Morse Kessler
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Karen Ann Hopkins
Maria V. Snyder
Melissa de la Cruz
Michelle Rowen/Morgan Rhodes
Nova Ren Suma
Sarah Beth Durst
Sarah J. Maas
T. Michael Martin
Please note: Some authors have specific stop date requests, post types or have previously written posts prepared. Bloggers who are chosen to host an author will be notified about any special requirements.
**New additions beyond the 131 original authors at the time of this post will be in BLUE**
AUTHORS – We still have a few spots remaining for YA authors whose work we are familiar with! If you’ve received an email from us and would like to participate we’d love to have you on board. If you haven’t, or don’t think you have, and you would be interested in participating, please email us at FiktshunAndTwoChicks(at)gmail(dot)com.
BLOGGERS – You will be allowed only ONE chance to change your original picks. So if you don’t see your favorite authors listed, hold off on signing up, because they may be added to the list. Signing up early does not give you preferential treatment. If you want to make a change before sign-ups have closed please email us at the address above.
The Authors Are Rockstars Tour
The tour will run from August 1st through August 31st. Each day of the month will have multiple tour stops.
The tour will begin at Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and will end on all three of our blogs. There will be a kick-off post with a list of all the stops on the tour and there will be a giveaway. Each of us will also host one or two of our favorite authors. On the final day of the tour we’ll post a wrap-up of the event and will host the final three authors we’ll be spotlighting.
The rest of the month will be for you to share your love of the authors you call your rockstars.
Rules, Requirements and Other Details
You must complete the sign-up form in order to be considered.
Signing up in no way guarantees you will be chosen for a tour stop. (We’re so sorry, but judging by the number of sign-ups last year we won’t be able to include everyone.)
Being accepted as a tour stop does not guarantee you’ll get your first choice of author.
If you are chosen, you must respond with your acceptance and with your guest post topics, interview questions or other post ideas within four days after notification. If you do not respond we will be forced to choose someone else.
To be considered to host any author, other than a debut author, you must have reviewed their books. (See review requirements immediately below.) And if you have rated their books, ratings cannot be less than four stars, unless you provide a compelling reason why you should still be considered. The authors you choose should be ones you consider rockstars!
To host an author with three or more books published, you must have reviewed at least two of their books. (Review links will be required in the sign-up form.)
To host an author with one or two published books, you must have reviewed at least one of them.
To host an author whose books have yet to be published, you must be anxiously awaiting the book’s release and have posted about that book on your blog. (Links to WoW or Spotlight posts will be required in the sign-up form.)
Selections will be made based on a number of criteria including the best match-up between author and blogger, blogger’s overall reviews, and blogger’s reputation and trustworthiness.
Blog following, page views or Twitter following will not be a deciding factor in the selection process.
Blog longevity, number of reviews, types of reviews – (bash-free is a must) – will be considered when making our selections.
Blogger “friends” will not be given preference. It’s about making the best matches between authors and bloggers on the tour.
Writing in an author does not guarantee that author will be included on the tour. They may have already been contacted and either are unavailable or have yet to respond, or all tour stops may already have been filled.
Blogger’s will be notified by July 8th and will have four days to confirm their participation. Announcements will be made in a post on Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads on Monday, July 15th.
Giveaways: For tour stops that will be hosting an author or publisher donated giveaway prize, there can be no mandatory tasks aside from leaving a blog comment. And there can be up to two extra entry opportunities. As a thank you to the authors you are hosting you may want to make those extra entries about the authors but it is not mandatory.
There will be no requirements/restrictions for tour stops that choose to host their own giveaways.
Dates to Know
Tour dates: August 1st-31st
Sign-up ends: June 30th
Blogger notifications: On or before July 8th
Blogger acceptance and post requirements needed by: July 12th
Blogger announcements: July 15th
Thank you so much for your interest in being a part of this tour to share your love for these amazing rockstar authors and for helping to make this second year’s event rock even harder!
While we can’t include everyone who signs up, we are so honored that you want to join in and support this event. Just know that even if you aren’t selected, we think that you rock too!
We are beginning the sign-ups today, although we are still awaiting responses from a few of the authors we’ve reached out to. The post will be updated each day until sign-ups close with any new authors that have joined the tour.
Signing up early does not give you preferential treatment. So if you want to wait and see if any new authors are added to the tour before you sign up, you will not be penalized for waiting.
The sign-ups will close at Midnight Eastern/9 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, June 30th.
If new authors are added to the tour after sign-ups have closed, like last year we will reach out to bloggers who have signed up and who have reviewed – and loved – their books.
We are all so very excited for August and for this tour to kick-off. And we are all so grateful, every day of the year, for these authors that we call rockstars who amaze us with their stories, who provide an escape that is filled with magic, who take us to worlds we could never dream up on our own and could never visit in reality, who delight, enchant, surprise, astonish us. Every. Single. Time.
To sign up for this event, please fill out the form, below.
Blogger sign-ups are now closed.