Buy a Friend a Book Week!


Well… with a Martian twist…

Here’s the deal: to help promote the good folks at Buy A Friend a Book Week, I’ve come up with a contest for you guys, my devoted groupies.

During the month of September, I want YOU to send ME a story of how music has touched your life. Maybe it was the first song you fell in love with. Maybe it was the first song you fell in love to. Maybe it was your first meet-and-greet. The night Prong’s Tommy Victor told you that you were beautiful.

Hey, wait. That last is one of mine. No stealing!

What I’ll do, during Buy A Friend a Book Week, coming up this first week of October, is Buy a Groupie a Book.

That’s right.

Seven of you lucky groupies will win a copy of a book — no, not Trevor’s Song, sad to say (I’m still revising it. Again. I know. You’re eager. So am I.), but a book about music that has inspired me in some way and now sits on my shelves, immune to the huge and vast quantities of trading that I do.

E-mail me your stories — you can reach me through the website, as always. And the seven of you who touch me the most deeply will win a copy of someone else’s book. I’ll announce the winners each day during BAFAB week, which is October 1-7 this year.

If you decide to go out and pay it forward and buy another friend a book during Buy a Friend a Book week, let me know. There might be a few special goodies in your package — but be honest. Somehow, I have a bad habit of smelling out a lie. Also, be sure to scroll down this here page for the list of other blogs who are also running BAFAB contests and join some of them. Be sure to tell them West of Mars sent you!

Good luck, and here’s to good stories!

(legal stuff: writing quality is less important than content, but spelling mistakes and text-speak are turn-offs. By submitting your story to me, you are hereby allowing me to in turn be inspired by it and use it in some way, shape, or form in future fiction writing that I may do. You will own no rights to any future work you’ve inspired, and no royalties will be due to you. But let’s face it. The publishing industry being what it is, you’d only get about five cents anyway, and is THAT worth haggling over?)



  1. karen!

    August 31, 2006 10:49 pm

    wow, you came up with a GREAT idea for BAFABW. kudos!

  2. cheesygiraffe

    August 31, 2006 11:40 pm

    What a great idea! This could be hard for me to do since I’m not much of a music person. I will give it a try though. I haven’t really written in years. Do you think having kids fries your brain a bit? Sounds good to me anyway. LOL

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 1, 2006 7:37 am

    Thanks, guys. I hope a lot of people come join the fun. BR/BR/Yes, Cheesy, kids fry your brain. BUT I know a great music story you have… you have this friend who is so obsessed with music that like it or not, you have learned a lot about music… run with that, babe. *wink*

  4. nimrodiel

    September 1, 2006 11:24 am

    that is a fantastic idea for BAFABW.BR/BR/I just sent you something 🙂

  5. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 1, 2006 2:27 pm

    I need to e-mail you and tell you that I got it; been a busy day so far today.BR/BR/Thanks for playing!

  6. Candy

    September 2, 2006 10:06 am

    I probably can’t participate right now, but I wanted to say… WRITE FASTER.

  7. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 2, 2006 12:48 pm

    CAN’T participate??? CAN’T???BR/BR/Harrumph.BR/BR/As for writing faster, find me a babysitter so I have the time! Right now, I’m entertaining the almost-four-year-old and while it’s a pleasant thing to do, the writing isn’t exactly getting done.BR/BR/Failing a babysitter, or maybe better than, I’d say get my local friends onboard with this effort and have them invite the kids over for playdates. Lots and lots of playdates. Socialization for the kids and work time for me!

  8. musie

    September 15, 2006 8:50 pm

    hey i resemble that remark of children frying your brains..BR/to think i am use to having 14 by myself.BR/BR/oh and buy me a plane ticket and i’ll visit and babsit for a couple of days..and of course read some of your books…;)

  9. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 15, 2006 8:52 pm

    *laughs*BR/BR/Yeah, I suppose you WOULD resemble this remark, huh? BR/BR/I’ll see what I can with the plane ticket, but maybe we should wait until summer? It’s getting into cool fall temps and I wouldn’t want to freeze your tender Southern ass! *howls with evil glee*

  10. clare

    October 3, 2006 9:21 am

    Great idea, Susan. Sounds really interesting and unusual. Are you going to publish the winners’ pieces?

  11. Susan Helene Gottfried

    October 3, 2006 11:20 am

    Hi, Clare!BR/BR/I thought about posting the winning pieces, but decided against it simply because some people were telling me things that were pretty personal and/or potentially embarrassing, and I wouldn’t want to do that to one of my Groupies.

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