Save the Date

Barbara Vey -- August 16th, 2013

Back to school special

Sometimes big ideas come from just a passing thought.  I’ve been noticing online the mad rush for parents to get their kids off to school for the start of the school year.  Whether they are going to kindergarten or college, there’s ton of stuff to buy and do.  Even if they aren’t parents, they still are bombarded by all the retail stuff.  But once the kids are settled in their routine, hopefully everyone has a few minutes to put their feet up and enjoy a book.

With that thought in mind, I thought it would be fun to do a Back to School Special.  I offered authors the chance to give their books away to grateful readers by posting my idea online.  Within 24 hours, over 100 authors responded with several hundred books.

So, this is a heads up to save the date, September 3rd (the day after Labor Day is when we started school when I was a child), for the Back to School Special.  Make sure you let everyone know it’s going to be happening because people hate missing giveaways.

Authors, if you have a book (print or ebook) to give away, send me an email ( and include:

Your name
Your website link
Title of book
How many books you want to give away and the email address I can give the winner.

I won’t be handling any of the books.  Winners will be posted with the author’s email and they can contact each other direct.  This is another wonderful way to readers and writers to connect.

So, whether you like to read or write books (or both), mark your calendar for September 3rd for your chance to win some terrific books.

Bottom Line:  Who doesn’t love receiving a new book?

6 thoughts on “Save the Date

  1. Dorothy Cora Moore

    Dear Barbara,

    I teach a creative writing course in Prescott, Arizona, and my students have ranged from 16 to 70 years old. I am also a screenwriter and epic novelist.

    An attorney in my class forwarded your blog to me this morning re “Disliking a Book.” I am forwarding it, and the responses thereto, to my students in that I think it will help them to understand what readers like and dislike from more than one point of view.

    We have talked about each point mentioned in class. What you and your followers write, backs up what I teach. It is my hope that your article will now cement a reader’s likes and dislikes, into their sweet little heads.

    This year I have taken all my class handouts and have created a book entitled “Writing Made Easy — How to Create a Tight Plot and Memorable Characters.” I am using your blog to make sure I haven’t missed anything important to readers. Please let me know if you would like a copy of my book to critique, either in manuscript or published form. I hope to have it ready this fall.

    Thank you for a very insightful article, and the important comments that followed.



  2. Cathy

    Hi Barbara.

    I’ve sent you an e-mail with the required author information so that I can participate. What link should I direct readers to go to for the book giveaway?


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