What are the benefits to readers of being a book club member? I can think of several. You interact with others who share a love of reading. You get another viewpoint of the books you read. And you’re encouraged to read outside your usual comfort zone.
What about authors? Aside from building your reader base, discussing your books often brings up points you might not have considered when you wrote them, points that add depth to future books. Besides that, you get to play celebrity, and that’s always nice.
Now I’d like to introduce you to Nora St. Laurent, who, with her husband, Fred, founded The Book ClubNetwork. Here’s what Nora says about it. “The Book Club Network was born out of a desire to share Christian Fiction authors with other book clubs, share book club ideas with other leaders and to encourage the authors who are writing such amazing books… It’s a place to find where a book club is located. We have a member map where you can find a book club near you, then message them to see if they are accepting new members.” Existing book clubs that join TBCN can post their book club page at the site for others to see, share their latest featured book, put up pictures of their members and meetings.
Like free books? Nora says, “We’ve been giving away about 100 books a month and for our birthday bash it’s going to be 10 books every day throughout the month of August.” To get more details, go to their site.
Thanks, Nora, for giving us the inside scoop on TBCN. I hope a number of my readers will join the group.
How about you? What’s your opinion of book clubs? Tell us about the book club of which you’re a member. Authors, how about the clubs with which you’ve met? I’d love to hear.