…for a fun interview and a huge party filled with prizes!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered. After going through the comments and plugging them into Random.org, here are the winners. Please email me at email@example.com with your top prize choices listed and your snail mail address, and please put “BARBARA VEY WINNER” and your comment # in the subject line! I’ll try to accommodate everyone in the order that I hear from you!
#85 – Chelsea B. ~ Winner of Dangerous Highlander
#58 – Jeanette ~ Winner of the Blaze Hotzone Trilogy
#60 – Laura K. ~ Winner of Eternal Flame
#12 – CrystalGB ~ Winner of Historical Romance Basket
#26 – Raonaid L. ~ Winner of Highland Surrender
#94 – Kaz
#69 – Toni S. ~ Winner of A Season of Seduction
#71 – Ashley A. ~ Winner of The Lost
#7 – Rebecca C.
#83 – Bev ~ Winner of I’ll Be Slaying You
I’ll post the prizes taken as the above winners claim them! Remember, every comment puts you in the running to win an e-reader, which will be awarded at the end of our party!
Today we welcome Barbara Vey from Publishers Weekly, and we are celebrating BIG. There will be tons of winners and every comment is a chance to win. Drawing will be Tuesday at midnight. Prizes include:
- Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant (signed)
- Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Pineiro (signed)
- Stronger than Sin by Caridad Pineiro (signed)
- ARC of The Lost by Caridad Pineiro (signed)
- Blaze Hotzone Trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones (signed)
- Eternal Flame by Cynthia Eden (signed)
- I’ll be Slaying You by Cynthia Eden (signed)
- Immortal Danger by Cynthia Eden (signed)
- A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
- Highland Surrender by Dawn Halliday (signed)
- And a “Romantic” Historical Romance Prize Basket, including the following:
-Desire Me by Robyn DeHart (signed)
-ARC of The Devil in Disguise by Stefanie Sloane
-How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries
-The Sins of Lord Easterbrook by Madeline Hunter (signed)
-A Season of Seduction by Jennifer Haymore (signed)
-Highland Surrender by Dawn Halliday (signed)
-A Jennifer Haymore tote
-& an assortment of body butters from
Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works
Now onward to the fun with Barbara!
Hi, Barbara, and thank you for being here today!
You’ve been with Publishers Weekly for four years. I read a fun story about how you ended up there (HERE to keep you from having to retell the story). How has your role at Publishers Weekly changed your life?
I used to be able to read a book a day, but now I spend a lot more time online answering emails, social networking and reading book related items. I also get to travel all over meeting authors, readers and other people involved in the publishing industry.
Has seeing inside the publishing industry changed your perceptions or expectations as a reader?
Yes, both good and bad. Before I would read the books, enjoy the stories and anxiously await the next book in the series. Now it’s like seeing the man behind the curtain. There’s so much more to the whole process than I realized. I hear the agony of those who lose publishing contracts, problems with agents, editors and publishers. Readers really don’t want to know all that stuff.
On the positive side, each time I pick up a book I know how much went into it, so I appreciate it from that angle and when an author hits a list I get excited for them. When they sell their first book I want to celebrate with them because I know how difficult this business can be.
What has you excited right now in this new era of publishing? These four years have certainly been prime years of change!
Actually, right at this moment the most exciting thing is the explosion of YA books. I have just set up several book clubs at the local middle and high schools. Several students are now reading the books I took there so they can write about them for my blog. In addition, I’ve already lined up several YA authors to come and speak at the school.
My theory is to get the kids hooked on books when they’re young so it becomes a very natural thing to buy books when they are adults. What do they say, after you do something 3 times it becomes a habit. Let’s make reading a good habit!
How in the world did you end up interviewing Richard Dean Anderson and what was that like? And have you had other star encounters?
When I was at ComicCon in San Diego a few years ago, I was invited to a Red Carpet event aboard the USS Midway where they were screening a new Stargate movie. They tell you where to stand and I was toward the end of the carpet so by the time Richard got to us we were told only one more question. The rules were “Only questions about Stargate and no touching the talent.”
Well, since I was never a very good rule follower, I told him I loved him in The Simpsons and he loved it as you can see on the video. And he came over and gave me a hug. Afterward, the rest of the cast came over and hugged me which you can see on separate videos (Ben Browder and Christopher Judge). I’ve also interview Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, the casts of Fringe, Burn Notice and Psych.
I was one of 20 journalists allowed to interview Joss Whedon and the only woman invited to interview Stan Lee. At RT in LA, I did a video with Howard Gordon (executive producer of “24” and “The X-Files”) and since he was filming a pilot for a new series for NBC he asked if I wanted to watch. I got to stand behind the director, watch the monitors and listen on headphones. It was so exciting. Then I met the actors, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fes from “That 70’s Show”). I did a video and got my picture taken with them.
Here is Barbara with Matt Bomer
And with Mr. Romance himself!
Lucky lady! Sigh…..
Now — back to the interview
How do you pick a new author and do you have any tips for readers who are trying to decide if a new author is worthy of a read with so many choices out there?
A lot of times I pick a new author through the recommendation of others. Sometimes, if I meet an author at an event and they impress me I’ll read their book and sometimes I look for a newly published author because I like to be surprised and there are some gems out there. I’m also big on covers. If one really gets my attention, I have to pick it up.
I tell readers to enjoy the authors they like, but then pick someone they’ve never read or a genre they’ve never tried. Almost 100% of the time, the readers are shocked to learn that they liked paranormal or historical but they were afraid to try something new.