Hank Phillippi Ryan: And we're not kidding. Can you imagine the possibility of winning a free book--EVERY day? Well, the amazing Barbara Vey (you know her, right? If not, whoa, read on!) ) has put that together, and we couldn't resist telling you all about it.
HANK: SO Barbara, you are at it again! Tell us about it!
BARBARA: For years people have been asking me for my website and it's finally ready to go! I wanted to do something special that would give readers a reason to visit the website daily, so I came up with 365 Days of Free Books. Every day I'll feature a different author and their book and the next day I'll post the winner of the book. The website is http://www.BarbaraVey.com
HANK: Why’d you decide to do this? What’s the goal?
BARBARA: I've always been about giving back. Books have been there to get me through some tough times in my life and talking with other readers, many have had the same experience. Another thing I'm asked a lot is to recommend new authors and books. I thought a different book a day would expose readers to a variety of authors and genres. Everyone wins in this situation.
HANK: So, um, has it been difficult to get authors to participate?
LOL, here's the thing, I sent out an email and within one day had pretty much filled the calendar for a year. At this time I have a few Saturdays left. Every day will be covered, including holidays. The response has been much more than I ever expected. The authors will get the much needed exposure and readers will get a chance to win books and find out what's new and exciting out there.
HANK: SO—how will it work?
To get an entry to win, readers only have to sign up for my newsletter and/or leave a comment on the website. Once they sign up for the newsletter, they stay entered for the entire year. Comments will be added daily to win that particular book. The next day, the winner will be announced and the book sent to them and I'll post the new book of the day.
HANK: Tell us when it begins, and some of the authors-and books!—that will be involved!
BARBARA:The website goes live January 1st and runs through December 31, 2013. Readers will have to go to the website daily to see who's being featured that day. It will always be a surprise, but just know that over the year there will be books by New York Times bestselling authors, debut authors and everyone in-between covering all genres. Definitely something for everyone. Some authors are even throwing in something a little extra for the lucky reader.
HANK: What’s the latest with your PW blog?
My Beyond Her Book blog will continue as they have for the past 5 years. I'll be talking books, news, author interviews, attending conferences and my Drive By Videos where I (ambush) talk to authors and celebrities about all kinds of things. My 6th Anniversary Bash is coming up in March and last year we gave away hundreds of prizes and had over 28,500 comments for the week. Blog is http://www.BeyondHerBook.com
HANK: Are you doing your author luncheon this year?
BARBARA:The second annual Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon will be held on April 27, 2013 in Milwaukee, WI. James Rollins will be the keynote speaker and I have 40 other authors signed up to sponsor tables. There will be 7 readers at each author's table and we'll be giving away tote bags of books, door prizes and a raffle to benefit local libraries. We sold out last year with 250 readers and are expecting 300 this time around.
HANK: Anything amazing happen recently? You always have the best adventures…
BARBARA: This year I will be spending January in Florida, so I put out the word on Facebook and Twitter and lined up several authors to meet with. I'll also be doing a workshop for the Florida Romance Writers on January 12th in Ft. Lauderdale. I love to travel, meet new people and see old friends while talking books, books and more books.
HANK: When do you EVER have a moment when your brain isn’t going a million miles an hour?
BARBARA: I had no idea what I was getting into when I started with this whole blogging business, but it's been an amazing journey. I'm always trying to find new ways to hook up readers with authors and books. I guess I've come to believe it's my calling. Books have always been in my life and sharing that love with others makes it all worthwhile.
HANK: Whoa. Told you! So before you run off to enter, make sure you sign up for the Jungle Red newsletter..see the sign-up place on the sidebar? Over to your right. Down down down. There. Good. And tomorrow, come back--as the Reds try to better themselves. Tuesday is a surprise, Wednesday the amazing Brad Meltzer comes to visit! And after that..you'll just have to come and find out.
As Contributing Editor for Publishers Weekly, Barbara Vey brings readers and writers together with her popular Beyond Her Book blog. Recipient of the 2012 RWA Vivian Stevens Industry Award. From her entertaining “Drive By Videos” to reader feedback on books with WW Ladies Book Club BHB continues to grow into a must read daily adventure. An avid reader, Barbara consumed a book a day before taking on the glamorous life of a roving reporting. Traveling all over the United States to conferences from Romance to Thrillers, Mysteries to Horror, Historicals to Comic Con, Barbara has even broken through the barrier into the entertainment industry by covering Red Carpet Events and interviewing the likes of Richard Dean Anderson, Joshua Jackson, Joss Whedon, Chris Evans and others. But her love of Romance and the Happily Ever After keeps her grounded while she offers readers a place to step away from life’s daily trials to take a positive journey through the world of books.