How many of you belong to book clubs? If you're an author have you ever been the featured author for a book club? I've been looking into book clubs now that my first fiction is out. I'm not sure where to find local book clubs listed, but I plan to keep investigating.
I did find an online club. Well, actually, the book club found me through LinkedIn. This club is called The Book Club Reading List. It seems to have quite a few authors listed. I can't tell how many clubs it might have following it. Since the group is online, they have clubs that can "meet" via Skype, telephone or, if possible, in person.
If you want to look into it, here's the link: http://bookclubreading.com/about-us/
Note: It costs to sign on and get your book listed.
They send out a quarterly newsletter to their subscribers. I scrolled through some of the listings of books (they're broken down in categories). I'm not sure how many book club participants there are since I didn't see a single book that had any comments. And I didn't find a way to determine if any clubs had chosen books or how many clubs participate.
I think online book clubs would be great, but I also think in-person clubs would be better. You'd get more back and forth participation without everyone stepping all over each other. Plus, it's easier to veer off into related topics. And there's nothing like making an in-person connection.
Of course that may be just me because of my speaking and teaching background. If you'd rather attend a book club meeting online or by phone (or you want to do it in conjunction with in-person clubs), then you might check out the link above.
3 months ago