#4-Include-a-readers-guideBook club questions, often also called a Reader’s Guide, aren’t just for your website. They can be a critical addition to the end pages of your book, immediately putting the subliminal thought in a reader’s head that this is a book their book club would enjoy.

Book clubs can be a defining moment in any author’s career. We’re not just talking Oprah or the Pulpwood Queen here (though those are stellar examples). Fact is, the success of a book can be super-charged if book clubs get hold of it and begin spreading the news.

how-to-write-book-club-questionsWe 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 Reader’s Guide

If you’re unsure where to begin, here are sites to get you started. PLEASE note, these are generic questions you can use as a basis to establish your own thoughtful reader discussion questions:

  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/

Additional Articles/Resources

Do you belong to a book club?

02bookclubs_lgBesides the WWW team reaching out regularly to bloggers, social media followers, indie book stores, readers at book festivals and more, once every few months we circle back to the coolest source – YOU – to ferret out the latest live book clubs in cities around the world.

Please, take answer the few questions below, or jot us an email at info@writerswin.com so we can include your club on our popular Book Club Map in the Winner Circle, joining the hundreds of clubs already listed!


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2 thoughts on “Author Marketing Mastery #4: Include A Reader’s Guide In Your Book!

  • January 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I’m the author of two books; ‘Between Two Harbors, Reflections of a Catalina Island Harbormaster’ (a memoir), and ‘Five Weeks to Jamaica’ (a seafaring adventure novel). Is there a site, or method of contacting book clubs that might have an interest in reviewing my works?
    Doug Oudin

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