Its that time of year! I’m so excited to be announcing the SECOND annual What A Nerd Girl Says Secret Valentine book exchange!
For those of you who have participated before, you know all the awesome that this is :) Go head and skip to the bottom and sign up SOON!
For those of you have not participated, welcome! I’m so excited to have you join in on the fun! Its going to be absolutely fabulous.
So basically, it goes like this… you sign up, and you get yourself a buddy. You will be provided with a little sheet of information on them: who they are, where they live, what sort of books they want to read, what fandoms they like and information like that. Its YOUR job to create a gift for them. Think a book or two, maybe an extra goodie or two. You ship it off to them and in return, someone will ship something to you!
Check out some pictures from the Secret Boooook or Treat Buddy exchange to see some ideas!
Those are some seriously awesome gifts right? To check out more from the Secret Booooook or Treat Buddy exchange, check out the hashtag #anerdgirlsaysSecretBoTB on instagram!
Before get to that part, I want to just say a few things that are VERY important:
First off, this is the time table for the exchange: You MUST have your sign up information in by January 6th! You will receive your information about your buddy on January 10th!You will need to send out your package to your buddy by February 13th! Please be aware of this timetable when you sign up! Those who do NOT send the package out by the date without an emergency reason will not be allowed to participate again.
Tracking information is required when sending your package!
You will spend at the very least twenty dollars on your buddy! You will need to send a 1-3 books and a few goodies. Books CAN be used but must be in VERY good condition :)
This is open internationally but I cannot guarantee that someone else from your country will sign up. If you’re in the UK area, you should be totally fine. Any other country, please be aware that you will MOST likely be shipping internationally!
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART:
As much as I’d love each and every single one of you to participate, please do not do so if you can’t commit to this. It takes time, money and effort and I want to make sure that everyone receives a gift. A few people last time did not receive gifts and yet they sent them out and that’s unfair. Please be aware that this will cost money to purchase the gift and to ship it out to your buddy. Only commit if you are 100% sure that you can do this! If someone bails again in this exchange, I will no longer have this open to anyone who wants to participate!
Okay, now that I got that out of the way, here is how to sign up:
Send an email with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org by JANUARY 6TH, in order to participate. If you do not send in the information by JANUARY 6TH, you canNOT participate.
Your Secret Valentine will be sent out to you by JANUARY 10TH, and you will need to send out your gift by FEBRUARY 13TH.
There are a few more rules that are required, basic things, but those will be sent out in the email when you receive your Valentine.
For now, here is the information that is needed. It needs to be sent in an attachment. NOT in the body of the email but an attachment, that is saved as YOUR full name!
Your Full Name
Yes, your full name: First Name, Last Name. We cannot send a package out to “Amy”. It needs to be “Amy Smith”.
This is if you WISH to share. It can help your Secret Valentine get to know you better :)
Your Full Address
Please, please, please double, triple, quadruple check that you send this information in correctly. I hope that packages make it to the correct house! Please send it in the format that it would be written out as on an envelope.
10-15 Books You Are Interested in Reading/Your GoodReads Link/Your Amazon Wish List
All three or two or one of these will work. Please keep in mind: list books that you will NOT be buying in the next month or so. If you buy a book on your Amazon wish list, please remove it ASAP. Make it as easy as possible for your Secret Valentine to buy you a book you do not already own!
Please, please, please DO NOT request hardcover versus paperback. Please do not do that. That is incredibly rude. Your Secret Valentine is putting together an awesome package for you, out of their own pocket, and they may purchase you two or three soft cover books as opposed to one hardcover, in order to make your package that much better. Set aside your book preferences for this, because its a FUN thing!
There is no guarantee that you will receive a shirt, nor are you obligated to send one! But people love to do so, so I’m finally adding this to the things I need to know! Please inform of your size in mens/womens (or both) AND youth.
Fandoms You Love
Share! Are you a Potterhead or a Shadowhunter? Do you love Doctor Who or Supernatural or Disney, etc? This helps your Secret Valentine find little goodies for you!
Anything Else You’d Like to Share
Do you collect bookmarks or keychains? What sort of snacks do you like to munch on while reading? That sort of thing.
International or Not?
Anyone can participate from any country. But there are some things to say:
If you would prefer not to ship international, please let me know! This is incredibly important. If you don’t let me know, I can’t guarantee you won’t get someone in a different country.
If you are IN a different country, you’ll probably be shipping to another country. I can’t guarantee someone from your country will be participating so please keep that in mind when you sign up.
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Easy, right? Just don’t forget to send this information in by JANUARY 10TH! Any later and you cannot participate. Don’t forget to send this information by JANUARY 10TH to email@example.com.