Sunday, September 20, 2009

CFRB Author's Agreement

Author Agreement
To maximize efforts in CFRB tours it has become necessary to draw up a list of responsibilities which the author must agree to before we can permit the book to go on tour. Please read these carefully and respond to stating your acceptance or rejection of these terms.

Submitting Works:
All works should be submitted to the CFRB Preview Team for consideration. It is the author's responsibility to "sell" the book to the Preview Team. By that we mean they must put their best foot forward and convince the us that this is something we even want to consider. All genres of fiction are accepted except for any form of erotica. What we are looking for primarily are the following items:
Quality fiction, not something that just happens to be published. The work of the Lord should be a work of excellence. While we don't always achieve that the striving for that is something we are going to look for.
Fiction from a Christian worldview - Just because you've written the next best novel isn't good enough for us either, not unless it is used as a means to convey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Biblical principles or teachings of God's Word. This is a ministry, not merely a review blog.
While we are open to all authors our hearts are for those authors that are finding it difficult to get any recognition for their work. Not that they should get recognition, but the message inside should. So we are open to people who have self-published works or published through the small press as well as those who have published through major publishers. Just make sure the first two points are met.
Submissions and their pitch should be sent to, Melissa Meeks.

Since we tour one book a month the author must realize that we have a limited number of slots to fill. You may request a certain tour schedule, but we are not bound to accept that. We do try to work with authors to tour their works in as timely a manner as possible, but with a limited schedule this cannot be guaranteed. Also member authors' accepted submissions will be given first chance at the tour slots available, accepted submissions from non-member authors will then be used to fill the remaining tour slots. CFRB will not tour a book unless there is a scheduled release date for this book. The tour would be planned to occur after that date.

Once an author has been approved and scheduled it is their responsibility to provide the following to CFRB immediately. At least one month before the tour all members requesting review copies through the CFRB request coordinator should receive their books:

Author Bio
Synopsis of the book
Cover art
Photo of author
Link to their website and/or blog
Links to where the book can be purchased
Video book trailer (if available)

If the author is a member of CFRB or becomes a member of CFRB they can go to the CFRB Yahoo site and upload all information except the copies of the work and the trailer file(links to a trailer file such as youtube or googelvideos that provide HTML code for posting elsewhere can be used) in the files section. Much of this info can be included in their pitch to the Preview Team if they wish, but it should be made available to the group once a tour is scheduled.

A week before the tour they must announce on THEIR site the upcoming CFRB tour of their book. During the tour week it is the author's responsibility to check the CFRB member sites participating in the tour AND comment on these blogs. This does not have to be on the main site unless the main site is doing a weekís worth of reviews. If it is a Tag Team Tour they need only visit and comment on the other member sites. Please also include at least a link to the CFRB site on your site if not to participating member reviews and interviews. Links to specific reviews and interviews on your site will be something many prospective readers look for when searching for book information. When the tour is over we would appreciate hearing from you. While we may wish to get our back patted, we would prefer constructive feedback including suggestions of ways to continue improving our tours and current practices you found to be valuable during the tour of your work.

Our primary goal is to promote Jesus Christ and draw people to Him, above and beyond simply selling your book. It is, however, our belief that if your book has been selected to be toured that your work will accomplish this. Therefore we will be promoting you so that the name of Jesus is lifted up. Always keep this in mind. Put others first, their goals, their ambitions, their needs, and become a servant to them even as the Lord took on the form of a man to become our servant, although He is Lord over all.

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