BookSneeze: Free Books for Bloggers

A little over a year ago, we announced the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program. The purpose of the program was to provide free books to bloggers in exchange for a 200-word review of the book. We don’t require positive reviews. We want bloggers to be honest in their assessment of the books they read.

Booksneeze Screenshot

This program has been a huge hit. To-date, we have over 7,500 bloggers signed up. We have received hundreds and hundreds of reviews. In fact, we now deem these as a critical part of our marketing strategy. The reason is that people tend to believe the bloggers they follow more than advertising or professional reviews.

The problem has been the name. “Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers” doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. However, in the spirit of “permanent beta,” I wanted to get something launched rather than wait for the perfect name.

One day, while re-reading Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin, I was intrigued by his description of “sneezers.” This is the term he uses to refer to those individuals who get so infected with an idea that they become contagious. They spread it to everyone they know.

Almost immediately, the name “BookSneeze.com” popped into my mind. I did a quick search on GoDaddy.com to see if the domain name was available. Surprisingly, it was.

However, we had an internal debate about the title. For starters, Gail, my wife, thought it was gross. A few others questioned it as well. But in the end, we decided to go with it. (There are some advantages to being the CEO!) I felt that it was memorable—especially with the tagline, “Great books are contagious.”

So, today we are officially launching BookSneeze.com. If you are already registered with our Book Review Bloggers program, you will be automatically registered with BookSneeze. If you are a blogger and haven’t registered with our program, let me encourage you to do so. Here are three benefits (repeated from my original post on the program):

  1. Free copies of our best books. We will send you a free copy of the book you are interested in reviewing. In addition, after you have requested a review copy, we will email you a PDF of the first two chapters so you can immediately get started. Meanwhile, we will drop a physical copy of the book in the mail.
  2. Content resources for your blog. We will provide you with free resources to use in your review. These include things like cover art, video or audio clips (when available), external links to other related items, etc.
  3. External links to your blog. We will provide a link back to the your actual review of the book. As you may know, external links are what drive up your blog’s ranking on Google. In general, the more links the better.

What do we require? Bloggers must agree to write a 200-word review—good, bad, or ugly—and post it on their blog and on any consumer detail page for that book (e.g., Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, BooksAMillion.com, Borders.com, ChristianBook.com, etc.). Obviously, the review can be longer, but we wanted to set the bar low in order to encourage participation. I think this is a case where if the products are WOW, they will generate enthusiasm and buzz. If not, then that will also help us create better products in the future.

We do not require you to write a positive review. If you take a quick look of the reviews on BookSneeze.com, you’ll see that there are both positive and negative reviews. We have never once censored a review or dropped a reviewer for a negative review.

To get started, click here. You must apply to join, but we review all applications promptly.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the people involved in this project:

  • Lindsey Nobles, my communications director, supervised the whole project from beginning to end.
  • Nick Francis and Jared McDaniel at Project 83 did the design and HTML/CSS coding.
  • Joshua Paine of LetterBlock built the underlying Web application and applied Project 83’s work to create the new site.

My original goal was to recruit 10,000 active bloggers. We are now three-quarters of the way there. If you know of a blogger who would like to receive free books, please help us spread the word.

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  • http://coachherbie.wordpress.com Simon Herbert

    Michael, I'm very proud to have become one of your Book Review Bloggers (or should that now be one of your Sneezers?!) recently, and at the outset I have to congratulate you on the new site! It is far more user friendly and visually easier to use than the previous one. I do have to agree with your wife and say that I'm not outright convinced by the new Book Sneeze title, as much as I like the acknowledgement of Seth Godin; however, it is the kind of quirky tag that could easily reach tipping point. Keep leading the Tribe!
    My recent post Are We There Yet?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/PaulSteinbrueck PaulSteinbrueck

    My first reaction to the name BookSneeze.com was… Whaaaa? But after reading your explanation I like it. Sure it's a little gross but that's part of what makes it memorable.

    I like the new site and hope to be a more active participant this year.
    My recent post Are Your New Year’s Resolutions SMART?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Even Gail admits the title is memorable. Ha!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JenniferLKing JenniferLKing

    BookSneeze–wonderful name, possibly gross (especially at first impression, conjuring images of overused library books), but combined with the tagline, the title seems fitting. Most importantly, I'd say this brand is memorable. Congrats on the new launch, and happy 2010.
    My recent post The Benefits of Snow

  • http://sandraking-beholding-god.blogspot.com/ Sandra King

    I was a little concerned about what the badge would look like. A reader with a hankie? I feel better now.

    Spreading the word will be fun.
    My recent post Disappointment? Stop it!

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  • http://twitter.com/davebaldwin @davebaldwin

    Feedback? Honestly? Before the re-brand I wasn't interested in the project (bad me). The title BookSneeze grabbed my attention. I applied to be a reviewer! How cool, "I'm a BookSneeze.com Reviewer!"
    Thank you Michael for staying on the edge!
    Blessings,
    Dave
    My recent post Prayer Observations:

  • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com Women Living Well

    I LOVE it! I woke up this morning to an email from you all saying that you had changed the name. I went straight to the site and LOVED the look and the title and everything about it! I feel blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of this. I do not make any money blogging and these books have been my "perk". For an avid reader, receiving a new book in my mail box is like Christmas each time! In full honesty here, every single time I receive a book in my mailbox, I pause and thank God for the blessing!

    So thank you for blessing this book reviewing blogger!
    Courtney
    http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com

    My recent post Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

    • http://www.womenlivingwell-courtney.blogspot.com Women Living Well

      One more thing, I realized the power of the book review when I received a text message from a friend 5 states away saying she was in a book store buying Fearless by Max Lucado because of my review. A missionary friend in the Ukraine told me she asked her mom to go to the Christian bookstore and buy her Fearless and ship it to her because of my review!

      It was the same with Jenna Lucado's book "Redefining Beautiful". I had a mom in my Bible study who has 4 teens say "I ordered that book you recommended on the website for my girls!" and then a high school math teacher asked to borrow mine. After borrowing it for one week, she returned it and said she had bought a few copies for the girls in her class!

      So it is contagious – and it really is working – of course you already know that – but I thought I'd continue to confirm it for ya!! :-)

      Courtney
      My recent post Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

        Now THAT is exactly why we are doing this. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • http://www.paulaharrington71.blogspot.com Paula Harrington

    The name is going to take some getting use to. (I want to say, "Bless you" every time I read it :) but it's much easier than the original and a great program. Thanks for offering it.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      That comment made me laugh out loud!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/SynapticLight Phillip Gibb

    Bless you.
    I have now registered
    :)
    thanks
    My recent post Christian Film: Dangerous Calling (Trailer)

  • Marcin Hartman

    Dear Mr Hyatt, I think it's a great idea!! Can I become an international book sneezer? Are you shipping internationally – to Poland, for instance? Do I need to send the book back once it's revised, please?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, we do accept international bloggers. Please feel free to apply. Thanks.

  • http://www.kaylafinley.com Kayla

    At first I didn't like the name, but as soon as I read the tagline…I loved it. Perfect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TimothyFish Timothy Fish

    I blogged about it under the title You've Got to be Kidding when I got the e-mail. You should have listened to your wife; it is gross. It doesn't fit the image I have of Thomas Nelson and since I don't write a blog for eighth graders, I have tried to keep my discussion of bodily excretion to a minimum. I don't intend to change that, so I taking this as an opportunity to declare my intent to no longer write reviews for the program.
    My recent post You’ve Got to be Kidding

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Wow. That's a strong reaction. Okay. Thanks for your feedback.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/success2you John Richardson

    Wow Michael, this site looks great. Lindsey and her team did a great job and the title is sure to go viral… after all it is contagious! I signed up last week and really like the concept. I may have to try a similar strategy with my own book… a free book for a review. I can do that… As others have said… Bless You!
    My recent post A Quick Way To Remember Your Goals

  • Joshua Keel

    I don't think the name is gross at all. I love it. :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      People definitely love it or hate it! Regardless, I don't think they will forget it. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/flyfished @flyfished

    I think booksneeze is a great name! catchy!

    As another thought, with my nook on order, will reviewers be able to get the books in an ebook format for our readers RATHER than a physical book if desired?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      We're working on the ebook format. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to announce yet. I would really like to get this option available soon, because it obviously saves us on the cost of a printed copy and the postage.

      • http://twitter.com/flyfished @flyfished

        That's great to hear! I'm one who will quickly sign up for that!

  • http://www.spirittosoul.blogspot.com bluegoose

    All I have to say is WOW!!! I love it!!! Can't wait to pass the word!
    My recent post A Very Special Gift

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jojoagot jojoagot

    Michael,

    The domain name is okay. When I read it I imagined a dusty book that causes a person to sneeze. I agree it's a little gross but the tagline explains it all.

    Can I just post a comment about the site landing page? The black, blue and red color combination is a little off and the big fonts don't look very nice. I mean, no offense, but it doesn't look as professional as michaelhyatt.com.

    Thanks. Oh and I am one of the reviewers who never posted my review on Max Lucado's Fearless yet. I think I'm gonna do it this week seeing how generous you are to us bloggers.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. I do appreciate it.

  • Robert Parrish

    Personally, I like "BookSneeze.com." It does roll off the tongue, as you point out, Mike, and it's memorable, short and unique. And while the initial thought might be gross (Gail could be right), the tagline helps solidify the intent of the site name.

  • tneal

    Whether gross or pure genius, booksneeze.com is memorable. In reading I find goofy, oddball characters and despicable ones as well etched in my memory long after I've finished a story. Whether I liked them or not, I remember them. I like booksneeze.com and I'll remember it.

  • http://berlysue.blogspot.com Kim Ford

    WONDERFUL changes! I just popped in to request a book! This is very user friendly, allows you to keep track of your personal reviews and offers tons of material and ideas to make your blog posts for the reviews better!! GREAT JOB!!

    My recent post The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth by Shelley Adina – REVIEWED

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks! We really did try to make it easier to use. I appreciate your affirmation of that.

  • Colleen Coble

    I really like it! It's cute and catchy. It also gives me a fun feel about Thomas Nelson. :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Great! We were going for fun. I think it’s fun, too.

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  • Andrés

    Wow, this is great. I have a question. Is it okay if I post my reviews in spanish?? I read in english but my blog is in spanish and for spanish speaking people.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, absolutely.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/quinnschilling quinnschilling

    I didn't like the sneeze…but, I get it. And my college kids think it's great, so there's that. I do think the site is visually striking!
    My recent post Game Day Fun and Cooking

  • http://mikeymo1741.blogspot.com Michael Mahoney

    I love the new site – it's visually appealing, and seems much more friendly and interesting than the old BRB site.

    The name? Hmmm. I'm not sold on it. The problem I have with it is that it does not describe what you are trying to accomplish – unless you've read Seth Godin's book. I hadn't, and I had no idea what you were trying to convey with the title. I worry that others won't as well.

    Still, I love the program, and thank you for having it in the first place.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your input. It seems that people either love it or hate it. I don’t care, so long as they REMEMBER it! ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/litfuse @litfuse

    Love it! Maybe one day I can be as cool! Seriously brilliant. :)

  • Jesse Phillips

    I LOVE the new name. Very memorable, and that's the beauty of it. I think I was signed-up before, but wasn't that excited about it. Now I am. I think that's a combination of: the fun new title, having noticed it on your blog again, and having recently asked a publisher for a review copy of a book.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Perfect. That was the response I was hoping for!

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca @AndreaAresca

    If there are books that have been translated or are going to be translated into Italian, can I have them (also in the English version) and write a review on my italian blog?
    My recent post Non dimenticare quello che hai

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, we don't handle translations other than Spanish. Instead, we license the rights to publishers in other countries. You would have to get this from the Italian publisher. It is not always the same publisher for every book, so I can't even direct you to a single source. Sorry about that.

  • http://www.leadingisreading.blogspot.com jamesJames

    I think it is a great idea, looking forward to my first reveiw
    My recent post Motivation

  • http://www.facebook.com/jboyzmom Molly D. Edwards

    I am already a member of the TN BRB program..the new name is quite cute! I love being a blogger for you all!

    Blessings!
    Molly

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/KNicholls KNicholls

    I love the new site and am blessed to be a part of this blogging group. With my new goals this year for the new story of my life, reading is on the list to a lot more and I anticipate doing a lot more reviews. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this and great title!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Cindy_Graves Cindy_Graves

    Yep! Love it! Proud to be a "sneezer"… as opposed to a TN BRB whatever-we-were! It's a great program (obviously I love the FREE books) but it has also forced me to improve my writing style. I have a tendency to get sloppy on my blog and just be me. But when I know I'm writing for an audience who doesn't know me from Adam's housecat, I'll watch myself a little closer and act more like the civilized woman I dream of being. Thanks for the opportunity. Achoooo and God Bless you!
    My recent post The Sweet By and By, Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck

  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    About the new name…I'm with Gail! Yucky, it feels, as if I am now a nasty germ, instead of a book-review blogger!

    Okay, that's my gut reaction. Now, a question: What about the widget you provided, last year, for our blogs? Is that changing?
    My recent post Nothing new under the sun

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, there is a new widget on the resource page. You can log in and get it. Thanks.

  • http://passionsforthesoul.typepad.com/vicki Vicki Small

    P.S. I do like the new visuals on the brb–oops!–okay, on the sneezers' page!
    My recent post Nothing new under the sun

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/lantzhoward Lantz Howard

    I have been a BRB for almost a year and now TN has taken BRB to the next level. I am proud to say that I contribute at booksneeze and not Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers..;)

    Keep up the great work!

  • Shari Morehouse

    Hi,
    I love reading, I love books, I love and believe in the idea that books are contagious. I also really enjoy writing reviews for Thomas Nelson book bloggers. I'm sorry but I don't love the new name. I have enough of a sense of humor to see the funny in it. However the possibilities for awful nicknames are just too numerous; book boogers comes to mind! I really hope you re-think this but if you don't I will still be a part of the team and defend your right to have a silly name.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You’re right about the nicknames. I have some, too, but I hate to add fuel to the fire. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/LyndsD @LyndsD

    I think it's great! I am a big fan of plays on words and think the meaning is perfect! I understand where Timothy is coming from however, I think if you get past the name of something and really search and understand the meaning it makes all the better. I also love and appreciate your stance on including the consumer/reader. That is very commendable. I have been wanting to sign up since you first launched the program but because of having a private blog at the time I hadn't. I recently started another public one so have been wanting to sign up. I would be proud to say I am a "sneezer" I LOVE it!! :) Great Job Michael! :) God Bless!

    • http://twitter.com/LyndsD @LyndsD

      I wanted to add as well. I think the website appeals to the eye and very easy to navigate through. I love the big bold colors. Very well put together and presented!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

        Awesome. Thank you. That was what we were going for.

  • http://www.abbyblogs.com Abby

    I love it, Mike! What a creative name…BookSneeze.com is great. :) I think the program is awesome and effective.
    My recent post i know someone…

  • http://www.fiercebeagle.com Erin @ Fierce Beagle

    I LOVE it. But sneeze has always been one of my favorite words. The tagline, too, is perfect.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I like the word, too. I also like the metaphor of contagious, infection, etc.

  • http://www.kbhyde.com Katherine Hyde

    Sorry, I'm with Gail–my first reaction was "gross"! Besides, aren't you trying to publish books that are nothing to sneeze at? ;)
    Nevertheless, I do plan to apply!
    My recent post Welcome!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonWert JasonWert

    Well, I did find it funny you named it after something you have to close your eyes to do. :)

    I like that you don't drop people when they don't do a glowing review. I'm glad that's still going to be the standard.
    My recent post The 15 year old Catholic school girl sex slave

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      We have had a little pressure (not much) from authors wanting us to drop negative reviews, but we have said that we will include all reviews, positive or negative. Personally, I think it adds to the credibility. I am disinclined to believe reviews when they are all good. I assume that they were planted.

  • http://twitter.com/lukeybela @lukeybela

    Michael,
    I love the new title! As a 22 year old young man, I honestly thought the old title was a bit bland. I heard about it a bit, but was never very motivated to get involved. This rebranding perks my interest and makes me want to get involved, even though I'm very new to blogging. Signing up today!

  • Homemaker, MD

    I guess I get the idea behind the name change. But it doesn't make sense to people outside the marketing world–it just sounds weird. I just had to explain "viral marketing" to my oncologist husband and then he sorta got why it's called "booksneeze". I'm not sure if I want to trade the old tag on my blog out for the new tag either. The name just doesn't immediately explain what the program is, and it just isn't classy. Don't get me wrong, it's catchy…it just makes us medical people want to go wash our hands a couple more times…

    Also, I'm glad to be a part of the book review program, and here is a thanks for the free books. The only thing I would change: faster turnaround to recieve the book. It's usually at least a few weeks before I see a book I request. I'm a pretty fast reader, so you'd probably get more reviews out of me if I either had faster turnaround time or could request more than one book at a time. Just a thought
    My recent post Could cell phones be good for your brain?

  • http://www.buildthatlist.com Tom

    What a fantastic idea! I am going over to sign up now. And I think you have hit a winner with the name!
    My recent post RSS Subscribers VS Email List | Which Is Better?

  • http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com Deborah

    I have no problems with the name at all, in fact I find it catchy! Looking forward to continuing my relationship as being a book blogger with you guys!
    The only thing I wanted to point out is that I don't see any mention at all about this problem is for Thomas Nelson books or is run by you guys. The way the website stands it looks this website is a program where anyone could offer their books for bloggers. Perhaps something to make it clearer? I just could see the confusion for others.
    My recent post South Asian Author Challenge

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, we need to add that in the footer.

      We are planning to open this up to other publishers (for a fee, of course), that’s why we intentionally minimized the Thomas Nelson branding.

      Thanks.

  • http://ragamuffinpc.com ragamuffinpc

    I have been a book review blogger for a little while now, and I will continue on booksneeze. I love the new branding. It is more concise and creative. Infectious, if you will.
    My recent post Book Review To Come

  • http://www.adamzuercher.com Adam Zuercher

    I like the name. It’s simple and best of all memorable. The new site looks great and is a nice upgrade. Well done:)

  • http://www.jujuthepoet.com Judith Angeles

    This is such a wonderful idea. I wonder how one can submit books to be reviewed as well…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      For right now, this is just a Thomas Nelson project (my publishing company). However, we plan to open it up to others in the near future.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    I LOVE it. I immediately got the viral nature of the name even before reading the reinforcing tag line. Well done. Love the look and design of the site… I've been a fan of Jared and Nick for some time. Hoping to have a project to send their way this year!
    My recent post DanielDecker: @debschaffer thanks. :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Jared and Nick are fantastic to work with. They really know their stuff.I unconditionally recommend them!

  • http://forrest-long.blogspot.com Forrest Long

    I'm one of your book bloggers and I think this new concept is great. It's catchy and intriguing and is upfront about what you are doing. This book review program is great. I'm sure you will reach your 10,000 goal easily. I enjoy getting the books and being able to share my thoughts on them with others. Which reminds me that now that my Christmas rush is over I need to get to work on my next book to review.
    My recent post HOW OPEN IS YOUR HEART?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/supermoonman Steven Rossi

    "There are some advantages to being the CEO!"

    Haha, great line.
    My recent post Context Matters

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  • http://diongovender.wordpress.com Dion Govender

    Hi Mike, firstly. I love the name, it has a great vibe.And I think it’s a fantastic idea. I’m not sure if I’ll make the grade but I registered anyway. I just started my own blog recently after reading one of your posts. Well done guys.

  • http://bondchristian.com/ bondChristian

    As an avid Godin fan, the name jumped off the page for me. I like it. It requires explanation, which is so cool. The only downside, I think, is being tied to Seth. "Sneezer" is much bigger than he is now, but it still might be a bit too close. Otherwise, I love it. This is the first I've even heard of the program (I just started following you here). However, I'm seriously considering getting involved, just not sure how I want to do it yet. Thank you, though… I'm looking forward to seeing how this takes off (or not). :>)

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

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  • http://www.thanhdlu.com Thanh

    This is such a great idea. I signed up but waiting for books that are interesting to me.

  • http://www.thanhdlu.com Thanh

    I like the name. It's cute and it's original.
    My recent post A Plea for Pat Robertson’s Context

  • Jan

    I heard the name and didn't like it. Then I heard the explanation and really still can't buy into it. First impression are important and this one is gross. Took a chance but when you have to explain probably not a good idea.

  • http://mikekey.com Mike Key – Entrepreneurial Ninja

    The name is cleaver and catchy. I love it, I’m also interested in this program. I just started doing some book reviews of the books I consider essential to a man’s library, and I’m always looking for good christian books about manhood to share with my readers.

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  • http://nicodemusfile.blogspot.com/ Jim Whitaker

    I signed up and I am looking forward to this. I think the name is very apt considering the source. Seth’s works are always great and as long as there is meaning behind it, it makes sense to me. Have you considered offering the books in a digital format when it is available. I have a Kindle DX and love it and would think that it would be just as easy to get books to the readers and a little cheaper for you as you would not have to pay shipping and the cost of the paper version.

  • http://www.theincarnate.blogspot.com Matt

    Solid. I'm signing up.

  • bud royer

    tag line for the new site…. "It is snot what you think it is!!!!"
    love your new name & think this idea is great…. i have been teaching & preaching for many, many years that we are not in the restaurant business but we are in the marketing business…. (we have to get people in their cars and drive 77 miles to a town of 77 people to eat with us and pass over 77 places to eat!)
    As you guys are in the marketing business and not in the publishing business….. pretty simple but simplicity is genius. "a lot of people can tell you what to do but very few can tell you why they do what they do!!!" is also a part of the teaching and preaching.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    I laughed out loud when I read your tagline. Brilliant. ;-)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/daveanthold daveanthold

    The new BookSneeze.com site is fantastic. I think you captured a great new look & simple design. I like that the site has our past reviews in a little quick review area. Great Job!
    My recent post Inside-Out Change

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    I'm not part of the program, but today I blogged about the first WestBow book. http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/landma
    My recent post A "landmark day" (like 9/11/01?):WestBow Press releases its first vanity book

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  • http://cordsofhislove.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-living-with-confidence-in.html Chew Keng-Sheng

    Mike,
    Although you mentioned above of readers having to receive the first two chapters emailed in pdf format, the reality is, of the books I have received so far, I had never received any pdf of book chapters (except of course, for Lucado's Fearless) to be read first while waiting for the physical book. Thus I got to wait some time for the book to arrive before I start. I have no problem at all with the waiting, but since the pdf samplers are not available, perhaps you may want to edit and delete off that part in your post?

    – Chew
    My recent post Book Review: Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World

  • http://decaffeinateddreams.blogspot.com/ Vernie Evangelista

    Sir,

    As a blogger since 2003, I must say this book review programs for bloggers is a splendid idea. It is after all—a win win situation for your publishing company and for the bloggers who loves books. I live in a Third World country and sad to say but books here including Christian books are considered a luxury. When I heard about Book Breeze, I said to myself its too good to be true. But I did sign up and I am still awaiting for the arrival of the book I have requested. It seems some well known Christian publishers pick up the idea on how effective it is. It is about time the they recognized the value of a blogger as someone that can influence and persuade as most of us have no vested interest but blog out the truth about what we feel on a certain product or service. I prayed that more programs like this be more available especially bloggers outside the U.S or in English speaking countries like mine—The Philippines.
    My recent post THE GOOD NEWS

  • http://twitter.com/ministrygeek @ministrygeek

    Hi Michael;

    Nasty storm yesterday for you. I know what 13 feet of snow is like, but I do not recall ever getting that much rain. In any event, I like "booksneeze.com" as a brand name. It is unique and attention getting. People notice difference before they notice similarity. The name itself should generate interest enough to get people to the site so you can capture their continuing interest.

  • Socialnomics NERD

    What a fantastic concept. I like the name, but I might of gone with BookAchoo.com Hope I can get my blog up and running so I can review your books!

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    I like it. How do I sign up?

  • Lynn

    I love being a Book "Sneezer"! I love getting the books, reading the books and then reviewing them. It's a great program and a "win-win" for all!
    Blessings,
    Lynn http://lynndove.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.kathyfannon.com Kathy Fannon

    I think this is a fabulous idea! Although, I'm with Gail…it does sound kind of gross, but with a tag line like that, how could ya not go with BookSneeze?

    I would love to participate in this, but I know I'd never make it through the books. I have too many half-read books and a shelf full of 'to-read' books. But I will put the word out there!

  • ltln247

    Great title! It is concrete (brings an image to mind), memorable (unique and yet not obscure or esoteric), and simple (not a sentence or huge phrase).

  • Mary

    Sounds enticing. Will have tissue at hand!

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  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Fantastic idea! I like this new venture and novel concept. It encourages book reading at one end and marketing at the other end. Marvelous and mind blowing strategy! I especially admire and appreciate the fact that this program is not limited to North America only but covers international geography. People like me are able to participate in such programs solely because of this factor. Moreover, in a country like ours (India), pricing of many books are beyond the reach of common man’ purchasing power. I have recently signed up and waiting to read my first book under this program. — Uma.

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  • http://www.jaredmcvay.com Jared McVay

    I am the writer of two books: a children’s book, Bears, Bicycles and Broom sticks, on Amazon – and a novel, The legend of Joe, Willy and Red, for both men and women, which will be available on Amazon very shortly. My question is; how do I get it reviewed by bloggers?
    Jared McVay downwind.sailor@gmail.com

    • Patricia

      Hi,
      Jared –

      Did
      you ever get an answer to this question?

      I am
      a Newbie Reviewer, and just signed up with Booksneeze.  I found myself here after asking Booksneeze
      Customer Service where the name came from. They referred me to Michael Hyatt’s
      page, and here I am!

      One
      way to get your books reviewed is to join a site called http://bookblogs.ning.com/.

      Once
      you are a member, you then join one of the sites many Groups. Such as http://bookblogs.ning.com/group/allgenrebookreviews
      or http://bookblogs.ning.com/group/dedicatedbookreviewers
      . Those are just two of many. You can do some exploring to find a group (or
      groups), that suits your books. Then just post a comment asking for book
      reviews, with a link to your site. Someone picks you up on it, and eventually
      posts a review on their blog. We also post to major booksellers websites – websites
      that sell your books! Alot of the time, the bloggers receive the books for free
      – from sites like Booksneezers. Most of us have disclaimers on our blogs saying
      we are just expressing our own opinions, and we were not paid for the review.
      The aim is to get people who are surfer the retail sites to buy your books!!

      For
      the most part we are not professionals, as you will see, just readers – avid
      readers!!

      My
      month old Blog is: https://thejoyofthewrittenword.wordpress.com/
      , but there are alot of others much more experienced, and in depth on their
      Blogs, than I am – which you will see on the Bookblogs website.

      Hope
      this is helpful to you and you sell lots of books!!

      Patricia

      Choose
      Joy!

       

      • Patricia

        Hello again, Jared.
        Not sure why my above post turned out so disjointed looking – sorry if it is challenging to read!   I tried to delete it and repost, but no luck!!

        My apologies!

        Patricia

  • Dawn

    I was so excited to see there was an opportunity to read books and then be able to write about my thoughts and feelings concerning said book.  However, my application was turned down.  There was no explanation as to why.  I was quite dissapointed. 

  • Krista Rodriguez

    I love the idea! I am signed up as a booksneeze blogger for a month now. Congrats for a great idea and a great site!

  • http://www.destiny2lead.com/ Jeremy May

    I like this concept. Personally, I have wanted to read more and this gives me a way to do it affordably while also being able to contribute my thoughts about the content. Thanks for providing this to us Michael.  

  • David Chong

    Hi Michael, when are you opening up for more international (outside of US) bloggers for BookSneeze?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, I can’t answer that question. I am no longer associated with Thomas Nelson.

  • http://www.TheArtofDiscipline.com/ Craig Desmarais

    I just applied! I want to check out the Compass Study Bible.