There’s no question book clubs can be a defining moment in an author’s career. And we’re not just talking Oprah here (though that’s the most stellar example). Fact is, the success of a book can be greatly magnified if the book club crowds get hold of it and begin spreading the news.
Don’t believe us, just take a look at this article from the Independent Book Publishers Association https://www.ibpa-online.org/article/book-clubs-part-1-the-benefits/#.UUXCPxn1eDo or a bit more about how book clubs’ word-of-mouth put Water for Elephants on top (yes, even above the Oprah selections of the day!) in the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/11/books/11elep.html?_r=0.
Goodreads, with over 15 million members, can boast the biggest gathered group of readers and the most online book clubs. But online book clubs are only part of the story… Virtual (a la Skype or video chat room hangouts) and the live, sitting around in the living room, sipping tea or wine variety are alive and well and can be an author’s best friend. So, how do we get to them?
Spoiler alert: the WWW team is working round the clock on a soon-to-be-released project (to coincide with our one year anniversary in May) that will include as one of its features, a list of book clubs around the country. But we realized that list would be incomplete if we didn’t at least ask our own tribe for their input.
So here comes that dreaded word: Survey. But look – we’ve put the survey right here – it’s seven brief questions – and you’re under NO obligation to answer… But if any of you do, well then we’ll be glad we asked and grateful for your input…
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