November 9, 2021-This month, we’ve been focusing on a tip a day for authors to promote themselves and their books; today, we’re going to talk about book clubs! Book clubs are a great way to get your books in front of an audience and build vital relationships with your readers.
- Find a book club. Whether internationally or locally, reach out to book club organizers and see what their schedule looks like. Some clubs decide their reads up to a year in advance, and others are a bit more flexible. Also, there are genres of book clubs where some choose romance only or thrillers, or true crime etc. be sure that the book you’re pitching matches their needs.
- Make it personal. If you’re in the area and have chosen a local club, offer to stop by their meeting and answer questions in person about your book. If you’re overseas or have chosen an international club, offer a video shout-out welcoming the members by name and thank them for reading your book. You can also do a live Q &A online. Here’s Balli Kaur Jaswal, author of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows saying hello to the members of our book club, click here to view: https://youtu.be/TLQ1Ocm8OAA
- SWAG. Give them a little extra. Maybe it’s a coffee mug with the cover from your book for each member, maybe it’s a list of discussion questions, perhaps it’s a bookmark, or maybe you’ve signed and personalized each copy of your book that has been ordered for the group. Whatever you choose, make the participants of the group feel special.
- Inside scoop. People love to feel like they’re getting insider information, so why not let the group in on some behind-the-scenes happenings! Share with them a little tidbit of something that not many people know, like that time you got to go on a ride-along in a police car to research your next thriller or that time you went on a literary pilgrimage to stay in the city where you were setting your new novel. You get the picture. You could also offer the members of the club exclusive access to your next book launch, online launch, newsletter, or blog that you don’t offer members of the general public.
It’s essential to forge long-lasting relationships with your readers because they are the people who can make or break your career. If you remember that and are authentic and genuinely interested in them, you’ll be unstoppable!
July 26, 2021– This week, we’ll be wrapping up Public Speaking for authors, which was our theme for July! Today we’re going to focus on something really cool that I had no idea existed until a few days ago; let’s dig into Fear Hierarchy and how authors can use it to overcome their fears of public speaking!
What is Fear Hierarchy? It’s defined as a list of fears in order of least afraid to most afraid with the goal of exposure to the situations to dispel the fears listed. As you immerse yourself and check your list off one by one, your confidence will grow, and you’ll be speaking in public as an expert in no time!
Sample hierarchy list: (Remember, this has to be unique to you! Write your list from least to most afraid)
- Read an article out loud to a friend. A newspaper or short article from a magazine will suffice.
- Ask a question. Next time you’re at a meeting, conference, or retreat, raise your hand and ask a question.
- Make a toast. When you’re out to dinner with family or friends, make a short, impromptu toast to celebrate being in each other’s company and enjoying your time together.
- Host a book club talk. By hosting book club, you’ll get to dig into subjects that matter to your participants. Maybe you want to talk about plot structure, setting, or character development, but whatever you choose, leading the talk will help you practice speaking to a larger group with a clear idea in mind.
- Speak to a small group about a subject you’re passionate about. Maybe it’s in a library setting, at a local chapter of crime writers, or a writing group of up-and-coming authors who are interested in publishing children’s books. Testing your skills in a small group is less intimidating than standing on stage in front of hundreds of people. This will let you test the water, answer real questions, and interact with your listeners.
- Host a workshop or class based on your knowledge. Now it’s time for the big show! You’re the featured speaker, and this is the thing that scares you most on your list! By now, you’ve had some great exposure and are ready to share your knowledge with your audience confidently.
Make a fear hierarchy of your own and expose yourself to the public speaking situations that intimidate you. Before you know it, you’ll be an old pro who has no fear of getting up on stage and saying your piece!
June 22, 2020-Today is an exciting day; I’m pleased to announce that Pandamonium Publishing House will be starting an International Virtual Book Club! We’ll be reading books by authors from six of seven continents (If anyone knows of an Antarctic author, please email me, and we’ll add it to the list), starting with South America. We hope to help expand our reading diversity, and we hope to read titles that you have yet to explore.
Here’s how it works:
- We announce the book on the last Monday of each month. This month’s read is The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho.
- Each Friday, we do a virtual check-in on Facebook Live to talk about the book so far and what our observations and thoughts are, and we take comments and questions from readers. You can send us your comments/questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by joining our Facebook Live event.
- All you have to do is download or purchase your copy of the book from your favourite bookstore or app to participate and follow us on social media!
- Each book has an allotted completion date of approximately one month.
- Stay updated by subscribing to our blog, podcast, and newsletter at email@example.com. Send us an email, and we’ll add you to our list!
That’s it! Easy peasy! I’m excited to converse with you about our upcoming book choices, talk about the messages within the books, and chat about the authors and where they’re from. I hope you’ll join me! X LLB
October 5, 2018– Ahhhhhh Fall; what a wonderful season! It’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up and read. Check out the fall reading challenge below, but feel free to substitute where you need to. Happy fall and happy reading!
October 3, 2018- Ahhh, book clubs! I will say that I’m a huge fan of them and the discussions that take place over wine or coffee with friends. A couple of years ago, I started a book club, and our first meeting was in the summer in my backyard; it was also our last meeting. We read The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the book, and I hoped for a lot more from it from what I had read on the back. Sometimes that’s a problem, isn’t it? We expect the inside of the book to be as good as, the back cover. But, now I’m rambling. Here are four tips for hosting a book club:
- Get some friends together and figure out what you’re going to read. What we did in our group when it came to choosing a book, it was the hostess picks first, then we take turns by birth month. If you have two people who are both born in the same month, the person with the earlier date goes first. It’s pretty diplomatic this way, and it also allows you to read outside of your genre which I’m always harping on!
- Set a time, date, and timeline. You need to decide how long the book will take to read, how long the book club meeting should be, and when the book club meeting will take place. For example, your book club could take place every third Tuesday of the month, the discussion is an hour long, and the book needs to be read in a month. It’s easy when you have a schedule to abide by.
- Choose a location. Again, what we did, was give each person a turn to host the book club in their home. If we were reading your book choice for the month, you were also the host of the book club meeting. Don’t feel any pressure to use this method though, you can comfortably host a book club at your local library or even a park, restaurant, or public place.
- Get your thoughts together. At our book club, w decided that we were just going to have an open discussion about the book and the characters with really no end game in mind. Sometimes the questions got off topic, and sometimes we were able to really stay in the moment. What I would recommend this time is to have a list of questions prepared. Perhaps every member could bring three questions or subjects to discuss that have to deal with the theme, characters, or even the style of writing. You could also talk about the ending, the parts you didn’t like, and why.
Unfortunately, life got in the way of us carrying on our book club, and we kind of let it dissolve on its own. I’d love to start one up again one day soon, and in this day and age, there are so many ways to stay connected! Think outside of the box and maybe think about hosting a Skype-based book club or a chat room book club, but most of all, have fun!