Book Clubs

Hey all knowing one, is there a way to find book clubs? I’m thinking of trying to market my book that way.

Uhmmm. Well, you could submit it to Oprah. That woman single-handedly started the book club phenomena. But since this is her last season for her show, I’m guessing she’s already got most of the books chosen for that. Also, she’s sort of picky.

But if Oprah’s not interested, you might try some local talk shows. Some of them interview authors. If your book has a timely social message or you’ve got a humanitarian tie-in, they’re more likely to spotlight you.

There’s an LDS womens online book club, but I can’t remember the name of it. If any readers know what it is—or you know of another website or blog that specializes in book club books, please post links in comments.

Then there’s word of mouth—book clubs are always asking each other for ideas. And you can contact your local library and ask them to put your book on their book club suggestion list. If your publisher discounts group orders, that’s also a good incentive. You can talk about it on your website or blog, with a link or code for the discount.

Another way to help get it noticed by book clubbers is to put a short list of discussion questions for book clubs at the end of the book (if your publisher is receptive to this idea). I’ve seen this pop up in several titles lately.

Readers, other ideas?