book-club-questionsIt’s no secret (at least around here!) that book clubs are critical and wonderful influencers when it comes to talking up new books, and why our book club listings are a key component of WWW’s Winner Circle.

We encourage every WWW author to develop a list of at least 10-12 thoughtful questions that relate to their book(s). Here’s how to get going with your own set of book club questions, and what to do with them once you have them!

How to Write Your Book Club Questions

If you’re unsure where to begin, here are a couple sites to get you started. PLEASE note, these are generic questions and we strongly suggest you use these as your “starter dough” to establish thoughtful reader discussion questions that pertain directly to your own work:

  1. From LitLovers.com – Questions for Fiction: http://www.litlovers.com/run-a-book-club/questions-for-fiction
  2. From LitLovers.com – Questions for Non-Fiction: http://www.litlovers.com/run-a-book-club/questions-for-nonfiction
  3. From AboutEducation.com – A list of general book club questions for discussion: http://classiclit.about.com/od/bookclubs/a/aa_bcquestions.htm
  4. From Book-Club-Queen.com – More general discussion questions for fiction at: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-club-questions.html
  5. From Book-Club-Queen.com – General non-fiction discussion questions: http://www.book-club-queen.com/book-club-discussion-questions.html
  6. For reading guides/book club questions from hundreds of other books, visit: http://www.booklistreader.com/2008/05/07/book-groups/stalking-the-online-reading-guide/

how-to-write-book-club-questionsWhere to Post Your Book Club Questions

Your book club questions, book discussion guide, or whatever else you want to call it, should be listed in the back of your book. Whether or not that’s possible, there are other places to share as well:

On your author website. Have a separate page/tab for your book club questions. We typically suggest that you paste them into the site, but also have a pdf of the questions, (perhaps nicely laid out with a graphic of your book’s cover), that readers can easily download and print for their next meeting.

Share this page widely on your social media outlets. You might also put up a question a day or one a week over the course of time to create more following and even encourage online discussion of your book.

Include your questions when pitching reviewers or book clubs. Make sure you let reviewers, clubs and conferences you may be pitching know that you have discussion questions. You needn’t list them out in each pitch, but do provide a link to where they can view and/or download your guide. One paid option we’ve seen ($200 and we don’t have feedback yet as to its worth to authors) is ReadingGroupGuides.com – you can visit this link for more info: http://www.readinggroupguides.com/how-to-add-a-guide.

Show us your questions! Don’t forget to share a link to those Qs with us, so we can share them around, too! Give us a link with your comment below, and here’s a few of our authors with some fun book club questions:

8 thoughts on “Authors: Does Your Book and/or Author Website Include Book Club Questions?

  • October 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm
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    Thanks for this tip! I just wrote and posted discussion questions for my new book Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart: https://spiritflower.wordpress.com/book-club-questions/.

    • October 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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      Excellent, Peggy – we look forward to reading!

  • October 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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    I never actually thought of doing this. Thank you for sharing.

    • October 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm
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      Thanks, Lana – that’s what we’re here for!

  • October 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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    Funny you should have this up this week, Finished my questions last week: http://desertedlands.com/book-clubs-qs/

    • October 8, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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      Fabulous – well done, Robert! We’ll add you to the list 🙂

  • October 8, 2015 at 3:10 pm
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    Shari,

    Perfect timing! I’m near the point of creating my book club questions. I know that book clubs appreciate having these to guide their meetings.

    Thanks for the suggestions and valuable links to questions and guides from other authors.

    I’ll be sure to share my questions and guide when they’re ready.

    • October 8, 2015 at 11:40 pm
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      Wonderful, Flora — please do! Think we’ll have to build a cool page of author book club Qs here!

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