1. Who is eligible?
Any school, class, book club, scout troop or other group of middle grade readers is eligible. Skype tour visits are not transferable and must be conducted within six months of the date the winning group is notified via web post. Individuals entering warrant that they have authority to schedule an author visit on behalf of said school, club, troop or group.
2. What happens if the winner isn’t eligible?
If we determine that the winner is ineligible, or if we are unable to verify eligibility after a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen by our random generator. Determination of eligibility is in the sole discretion of the Mixed-Up Files Skype committee.
3. What equipment do I need to Skype?
You need a computer, a current working version of Skype, available free at www.Skype.com, an internet connection, a working webcam, microphone, and speakers. It is the winner’s sole responsibility to insure their equipment is in working order and suitable for a Skype Author Tour Visit. If equipment or technology does not work for any reason on the selected date and time of the Skype visit, or if for any reason the visit can not be conducted, the visit is forfeited. Rescheduling or making other accommodations is at the sole discretion of the author and should not be expected to occur.
4. Which author will visit my group?
Each season five to seven authors will “be on the bus” offering Skype author tours. Your entry will make you eligible win a visit by any one of those authors. Authors and winning groups will be paired randomly by the Mixed-Up Files Skype Committee. Winners will not chose which author will visit their group but all authors will conduct middle-grade age appropriate author visits. You can view the entire list of authors and the season when the contest for their visit will be conducted here.
The Mixed-Up Skype committee reserves the right to change authors participating, substitute authors awarded to winners, cancel contest dates, and make any other changes reasonable and necessary. No author or planner is financially compensated for his or her participation. All participation is voluntary and may be changed or terminated at will. This contest can be canceled in part or in its entirety at any time, without notice. Some authors participating in this contest offer free or low cost Skype visits elsewhere, including on their own websites. From The Mixed-Up Files takes no responsibility for other author visit offers or duplication, if any.
5. When will the author visit my winning group?
Author visits will be scheduled by the author and the winning group at a mutually agreed upon time within six months of the date the winner is notified via blog post. If the winner and the author can not agree upon a time for a visit the winner forfeits all rights to the author visit and any other prizes included.
It is the winning group’s responsibility to insure that their equipment is in working order and all technical requirements for a successful Skype author visit are met.
6. Will you do this again?
We are considering making this a yearly (or so) project. However, our giveaways are only as big as our donations. If you are interested in helping us make this a yearly reality, please spread the word to as many people as you can. The more help we have, the more people we can impact for good.
7. I have a question…
Please leave a comment below and we will be sure to answer your question there as well. If your question is of a sensitive nature, you may also email us at tami at tamilewisbrown dot com.