This week, I thought I'd share some ideas for authors on how to assemble a book club kit, which will give readers an enjoyable and memorable experience while discussing your book. As it turns out, I've been invited to speak at a local book club next month, so in the next few weeks I'll need to put together a book club kit of my own. After researching all kinds of ideas, I've narrowed down my list to the following...
1. Create an online landing page for your book club kit, preferably on your author website, where you can host all kinds of resources for readers to learn more about you and your book.
2. Prepare a readers’ guide including an author bio, book reviews, and discussion questions. Also, consider adding fun add-ons that relate specifically to your book, such as recipes, maps, etc.
3. Record a short video of you, the author, talking about the book and link to it from the landing page on your website.
4. Create a fun quiz so people can test their knowledge about the characters and setting, or link to a quiz that you've created on another site such as the Goodreads quizzes page.
5. Offer to Skype in to the book club conversation, or even better, attend the book club meeting if it's in your home town.
6. Offer up a list of what to read next, which can include other books by you or similar authors.
7. Include a tip sheet for the host/hostess on how to run a great book club.
8. And lastly, consider approaching the staff at your local library to see if they'd be interested in promoting a local author book club kit.
Also, here's a handy article Personality Sells Books on the author-friendly Bookbaby blog.
Good luck building your book club kit!
Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing.