Monday, April 15, 2013



Time flies by so quickly when you're having fun.  Almost a year ago I hosted my first annual FREE AUTHORS PROMOTION in May during my city's Children's Festival of Reading.  I reached out to authors around the country with the promise of promoting their lovely books in exchange for donated autographed items to include in my FREE GIVEAWAY to help benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  You can read about the event by clicking on this link.. 

Last year's event was a wonderful success with 350 autographed items given away!

Now it's almost time for my second annual FREE AUTHORS PROMOTION and the donations have been rolling in like crazy!  I'm working hard to get everything ready and thought I would give everyone an update on the wonderful authors and illustrators whose works I'm thrilled to be able to promote this year.  Here is the list of people participating so far:

  1. Gloria Repp
  2. Edwin Wolfe
  3. Maggie Pajak
  4. Yvette Cragun 
  5. Adrienna Quintana
  6. Donna L Martin
  7. Genevieve Petrillo
  8. Jan Godown Annino
  9. Darlene Foster
  10. Amy Dixon
  11. Susanna Leonard Hill
  12. Patricia Newman
  13. Janie Reinart
  14. Debbie Ridpath Ohi
  15. Rob Sanders
  16. Brandy Herr
  17. Cindy Springsteen
  18. Lisa Rose
  19. Clarike Bowman-Jahn
  20. Krista Rausin
  21. Jolene Ballard Gutierrez
  22. Ann tucker
  23. Romelle Broas Guittap
  24. Laurie Jacobs
  25. Nicky Johnson
  26. Sylvia Liu
  27. Tracey M Cox
  28. Vivian Kirkfield
  29. Tania Bauerle
  30. Alayne Kay Christian
  31. Stuart Schadt
  32. Salina Yoon
  33. Quinn Cole
  34. Cher Green
  35. Erik Weibel

This year the event has gone international with donations coming in from Canada, Australia, Ireland, as well as all over the United States.  And there's still time to participate!  Any authors or illustrators wanting to be a part of this event can email me at donasdays (at) gmail (dot) com for more information and the mailing address for their donated autographed items.

And the number of items donated so far?


  1. WOW...that's so amazing that so many have participated. I had no idea. So glad to be a part, Donna. Thanks for including me, and I hope you get tons of support for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library!

    Salina Yoon

  2. Hi Salina! I really am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the lovely authors (such as yourself) and illustrators who have been so generous with their donations for this event. I am honored to call many of them friends and I am tickled pink to be able to showcase their work to the thousands of potentially new fans that will be at the festival...;~)

    Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  3. Did you hear my loud "Whoa-ho-ho-ho!" of joy when I read the number of items you already have for the event? This year's event is going to be even more fabulous than last year's! (and it was so cool to scroll down the list of authors and realize I "know" nearly all of them!)

    Donna, you ROCK!

    1. Hi Beth! I'm still getting things in almost I got some signed books and bookmarks from a local author (Jennifer Madison); lovely books, posters, and bookmarks from an Ireland author (Helena Duggan); and postcards from author Gillian Neimark and some more emails from other authors sending things soon...

      Lol...I don't know if I ROCK, but I plan to ROLL on over to the festival next month for some fun...:~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  4. What a great idea, introducing the young to the world of books, wish mine were appropriate.

    Yes, Donna, you Rock!

    1. Hi Yolanda! It's my wish to showcase as many lovely authors as possible at my booth and this was the best way I could think of to give back to this wonderful writing community...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

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    1. Yes. Erik, you do. We tell everyone about your blog and everyone is always impressed.

    2. Hi Erik! What Janet forgot to say is that they also loved your autographed tshirts! :~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  6. Hi Donna .. it does sound such an excellent idea .. can I send you some of Nick Wilford's Overcoming Adversity anthology ... it's helping Nick - as well as your efforts ..

    I keep thinking it's Reading (town) here!

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary! I would be honored to include Nick's book with the others but I would need to know that HE wants to participate in this event. Are the books autographed? I can send my mailing address if he wants to join the fun...

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  7. Hi Donna,

    I am still quietly confident I can provide you with some material for your festival even though things have been delayed a little. The main problem was the number of typos I found on the proof reading (53 in the manuscript and 1 on the cover) but this has now been resolved and the book is in production. I will keep you posted.

  8. Thanks, JP, for the update but I'm wondering where your blog went? It ran away again...;~)...did you shut it down?

    Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

    1. I did delete it Donna. I have been getting enquiries and requests for articles. In addition the press releases are imminent. The first book was not written with the intention of publication so as can be imagined I went about it the wrong way and don't feel I did the story or the intent justice.

      The second book I have addressed differently and on the offchance it stimulates interest I felt it was time to 'grow up' as a writer and take a more professional approach. Consequently the blog is a necessary casualty. I will be doing away with blogger and am currently in the process of creating a .com website which will be launched at the same time as the book (hopefully within the next two weeks). I will keep you updated. In addition to the signed copies I send I also have a range of marketing products (stress balls, t-shirts, pens, etc.) which I will try to include but am restricted to a 2kg parcel. The postage takes a week so I am optimistic I can still get them to you before the festival.

    2. Hi JP! Thanks for the update. I just didn't want to lose contact with you...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!

  9. This is amazing, Donna. You have done such a great job of getting the word out and gathering these items. I have no doubt that your participation in the festival will be a big success.

    1. Thanks Alayne...I just wish I could do more but hopefully this event will help drive sales for all the wonderful authors who chose to participate...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!