Can You Believe it’s Been 7 Years?

Barbara Vey -- March 10th, 2014


This week I celebrate my 7th Anniversary with my Beyond Her Book blog here at Publishers Weekly.  It has been an amazing 7 year run, but like all good things, they tend to come to an end.  I will be bidding adieu to PW on March 18th.

But, don’t feel bad for me.  I will be continuing to cover all things books at my website  I invite you to come over and take a look.  Today Julia Quinn stops by to let us know “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Quinn.”  Leave a comment on the website for a chance to win one of her books.

I’ll still be in the business.  Right now I’m working on projects with Harlequin, Random House, Reader’s Entertainment, RomCon and Reader Events.  My huge Reader Appreciation Luncheon next month in Milwaukee is closing in on 500 readers.  May I’ll be in New Orleans at the RT Convention with many events still planned for the rest of the year.  I’ll be concentrating on my own website and consulting business.  Who would have thought that I’d be here today when I took that fateful cruise 8 years ago?

You can still look for blogs here until the 18th though when I post my final blog.  I’ve got some terrific people stopping by to chat.  I’ll be looking back at my past 7 years at PW.

Bottom Line: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. ~ Winston Churchill


75 thoughts on “Can You Believe it’s Been 7 Years?

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    Wow, how time flies when we’re having fun! Congrats on the 7 amazing years. So excited for what’s to come elsewhere. Looking forward to seeing you at the reader luncheon. Can’t wait to hear Debbie Macomber speak!

    1. Barbara Vey Post author

      Dan, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your guidance through the years. We have learned a lot from each other and a special thanks to Sarah for sharing you with me!

    1. Barbara Vey Post author

      Andrea, every year I look forward to our annual breakfast at RWA. To think you all weren’t published authors when I first met you and look at you all today! Congratulations!

  2. Katy Lee of

    Wow and Wow! Wow to the seven years and wow to your next venture(s). You amaze me! So very excited for you! And, I agree to the hindsight from that fateful cruise eight years ago….Who Knew????

  3. Dianna Love

    Congrats on being here for seven years, Barbara, and giving a face to PW when many of us knew little about them before you arrived. Looking forward to your new ventures – you know we’re all golng to follow wherever you go!!!

  4. Jacqui Sue-Ping

    Congratulations on an amazing 7 years, Barbara! TY for all you’ve done for the romance industry and what you will be doing for it in the future. Wherever your new endeavors take you, I will follow :) .

    Hugs (can’t wait to give you a real one next month in Milwaukee!) and love,


  5. heathercm2001

    Seven years!!! That’s an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations! Thank you for helping change my world of reading! I believe this blog was one of my first experiences of merging reading and social media, and it made me loving reading even more. I’ve been to conventions I never would have thought of going to, and I have met so many of my favorite authors. I probably never would have known it was all possible without this blog. So, once again, thank you so very very much, and good luck to all the greatness that is yet to come!

  6. Shari Anton

    Seven years of hazelnut coffee breaks later … OMG seven years? You’ve accomplished so much with this blog, and the Reader Appreciation Luncheon is fabulous. I’m excited to see what you’ll do in the next seven! You go girlfriend :) .

  7. joysann

    I’ve so enjoyed these 7 years that you’ve let me come along for the ride. It’s been an amazing time. Thank you! And best wishes for other terrific adventures!

  8. Heidi Howard

    Barbara, thank you so much for pioneering the world of blogs and giving romance readers a special place to run to. I am sure bigger and better things await and I applaud you as a true book lover. Good luck!

  9. MichelleMB

    Congrats on 7 years. Looking forward to hearing about the projects you’re working on. Marking my calendar to stop by on the 18th.

  10. Ruth

    Congratulations on seven years. Cheers to you for being such a strong advocate of all things romance. Best of luck in your new ventures, which we will follow fiercely!


  11. Terri Brisbin

    Barbara —

    And thanks to you for making and keeping the romance novel industry in front of readers for the last seven years! and for being our dauntless supporter!

    Huzzah on a job well-done!

  12. Bev P

    Wow Barbara I remember when I first met you and you were just starting this journey. I wish you continued success in your new ventures.

  13. Beth Ciotta

    Congratulations for hitting the seven year mark, Barbara! Hard to believe it’s been that long. Thank you for all the amazing work you’ve done for romance authors and our industry. Sounds like more exciting adventures are in your very near future! Rah!!

  14. Missy Taylor

    Congratulations on 7 years! Sorry to see this end but I know better things are ahead for you! Cheers to you and your future endeavors!

  15. Debby Giusti

    PW’s loss for sure, Barbara!

    I know the future is bright for you…you are so gifted and so energetic. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds! I’ll be smiling at your continued success and the many new ways you will reach out to readers and writers!

    Hugs and love!

  16. Dawn Chartier

    *Hugs* Congrats on 7 years, and I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your new adventure. I hope you plan to keep your conference going and attending writers conferences so I can see you! !! *Cheers* to your new beginning… Love, ya ~ Dawn

  17. Tracey Devlyn

    Barbara, major congrats on achieving 7 years of success. Thank YOU so much for all the efforts you’ve personally put forth to bring readers and authors together. Looking forward to the next step in your awesome journey.

    Hugs and well wishes–see you next month!!

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