(I apologize for the alliteration in that title. I couldn’t help myself)
A couple of years ago, there was a blog post that I thought was such a genius idea, and such a great moment of outreach, that I’ve thought of it often over the past few years. It’s Malinda Lo’s post offering up copies of her phenomenal book ASH to libraries, GSAs, community centers, etc. I’ve always wanted to do something similar, and after receiving another case full of final copies, I decided it was time. There are too many books and not enough shelves in my house!.
When I first started writing the book that became WITCH EYES, my goal was to tell the story of a gay teenager who wasn’t defined by the fact that he was gay. A character who had already come out, and his adventures had nothing to do with his sexuality. The kind of book that I would have wanted to read at sixteen.
So here’s the situation: I have many copies of all three books in the WITCH EYES trilogy, as well as the first book in the MOONSET series (which features a gay character as well, although he is not the narrator of that book). And I want to put those books into the hands of people in the community.
Are you a school or public librarian looking for books for LGBTQ teens?
Do you advise or participate in a school’s Gay Straight Alliance that has a lending library? Or are you staff or volunteer at a local LGBTQ community center? Do you interact with LGBTQ youth in a way that I didn’t cover?
If the answer is yes, I would like to give you free books! Well, my books specifically. I think it would be weird if I did this whole outreach thing and then gave you someone else’s books. It would be like asking if you liked ice cream and then giving you cheese fries.
Mmm, cheese fries.
Anyway, if you fit the above criteria, please email me at scottshouldbewriting at gmail dot com. Please put some form of ‘Giveaway’ in your subject line so I can keep all the requests together! Also, if you have a professional email address, that would help significantly.
In the email itself, please let me know 1) what it is that you do with LGBTQ youth. 2) What you plan to do with the copies (lending library or a book club maybe?) and 3) what I can provide for you. If you already have some of my books, great! If you don’t, even greater! Let me know so I can supplement your supply.
If you know someone who fits one of the above criteria, please send them this way. Please note that this giveaway is meant for groups and organizations. There will be other giveaways for personal copies of my books, I’m sure, but this is not one of them.
I have many copies I would like to get out there. Depending on the reaction, I may not be able to fulfill all requests, but I will do my best to fulfill as many as I can.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or leave them in the comments. I will update this post as needed.