Book club kits...for authors

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...

 

Book club kit, featuring Stuck by Canadian author Stacey D. Atkinson

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.

4 comments

  • Marsha Toy Engstrom
    Marsha Toy Engstrom
    Stacey: This is the most comprehensive list I have seen for how an author can become more Book-Club-Friendly! I will definitely check out the book of an author this clever. (And I will also link this blog page to a similar one on my site…) Thanks for making reading more fun for book clubs! Cheers! Marsha Toy Engstrom, Book Club Cheerleader http://bookclubcheerleader.wordpress.com

    Stacey:
    This is the most comprehensive list I have seen for how an author can become more Book-Club-Friendly! I will definitely check out the book of an author this clever. (And I will also link this blog page to a similar one on my site…) Thanks for making reading more fun for book clubs!
    Cheers!
    Marsha Toy Engstrom, Book Club Cheerleader http://bookclubcheerleader.wordpress.com

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    Glad you enjoyed the article, Marsha! I was happy to share what I'd learned in my research about book clubs--glad you found it useful.

    Glad you enjoyed the article, Marsha! I was happy to share what I'd learned in my research about book clubs--glad you found it useful.

  • Linda Ballou
    Linda Ballou
    Thanks Stacey.. I have been thinking about how to bring my book to clubs. I really enjoy sharing my work that way! I will apply your ideas and see what happens. Linda

    Thanks Stacey.. I have been thinking about how to bring my book to clubs. I really enjoy sharing my work that way! I will apply your ideas and see what happens. Linda

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    Thanks for the comment, Linda!

    Thanks for the comment, Linda!

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