The Book Club Network (TBCN) is
an online site where book club members and authors meet. Face-to-face
book clubs have set up book club pages so members can see what
different clubs are reading and discussing. TBCN held its first contest
on August 1 to see which book club could get the most new members to
join their book club page at the network. Book club leaders worked hard
at rallying their members to join the network, and it was thrilling to
watch the close race between them.
Redeemed Readers Book Club won
by getting twenty-six of their members to join TBCN. Sheryl Barnes,
their leader, was motivated to win the fourteen books I offered as the
grand prize. Many of the books I gave away featured several of the
authors who are members of TBCN. Sheryl was overjoyed to have access to
their books and potential book club picks.
I want to acknowledge the other
clubs who worked hard in motivating their members to join the network.
These book clubs members have never been involved in a book club site
or any other social gathering, and many are not computer savvy. Some of
the leaders were creative in how they got their members to join; one
even brought her laptop to the meeting and helped her members get
Calvary Chapel Book Club leader
Rachel Savage, Faith in Fiction Book Club leader Brandi Fitzpatrick,
and Chick Lit Book Club leaders Lucie Buchert and Deborah Leathers will
also receive books. Here are some of the authors’ books given away who
are members of TBCN: Long Time Coming by Vanessa
Miller, The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie
Dickerson, Medical Error by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.,
Blood Brothers by
Rick Acker, Monday Night Jihad by Jason Elam and
Steve Yohn, The Heart’s Journey Home by Jen
Stephens, Seeds of Summer by Deborah Vogts, and Meander
Scar by Lisa Lickel.
Thanks to Ane Mulligan from
Novel Journey for donating books for the giveaway. Leaders are excited
about reading these potential book club picks. Again, many of the
authors are members of TBCN, which makes it easy to ask them to speak
at their clubs.
Many of the book club leaders
have told me they are enjoying the site for several reasons:
1. Book club leaders are having
great fun connecting with authors. They feel less intimidated to talk
to them here. We’ve seen authors and book clubs learn from one another.
It’s been great fun to watch.
2. It’s a way for authors to
post book signing tours and special book events for the fans and
potential fans. Book club leaders can plan special events to meet and
discover who the Christian fiction authors are, what they are writing,
and where they can meet them in person. It’s a book leader’s one-stop
network for book club fun.
4. The network is a place where
members who’ve missed a few meetings can stay connected with the group
and see what the group has been reading.
5. Everyone can stop by the book
club pages to see what other clubs are reading that month and how their
meetings went! It’s been very interesting to see what everyone is
6. A couple of the book club
leaders said it’s a great way to keep in touch. These club leaders have
a few members that live in different locations six months out of the
7. This is not a social network
where a daily commitment is expected, nor will you be bombarded with
page suggestions to like or ignore, get requests to help build a
schoolhouse on Frontier Ville, or help with a hit on Mafia Wars! Ha!
My hope is for the TBCN page is
to be something similar to that of Weight Watchers; hear me out. You
can Google Weight Watchers and find out where meetings are being held
all throughout the country. My hope is for members and authors to
locate book club meetings wherever they travel or live. We’ve had
several people want to join a book club in their area but didn’t know
how to go about finding one. Our hope is for that person to get into a
book club by using TBCN.
Congratulations to Creston Mapes
for winning the author contest. He campaigned on behalf of The Book
Club Network and got five book club leaders to join. Creston Mapes has
written three books: Dark Star, Full Tilt, and Nobody.
We will feature him at The Book Club Network for one month. I will also
be promoting him on my blog, Finding Hope Through Fiction, with a
giveaway and interview.
TBCN will be running another
author contest soon so you can get in on the fun. The Book Club Network
is almost four months old and has over 600 members. With your help we
can make this the one-stop place of book club fun for authors and book
club leaders alike! TBCN is the place where creative ideas are shared
for the best book club experience for the author and book clubs.
My hope is for the book club
leaders to brainstorm future book club ideas that will help bring out a
book’s theme in a creative way. Book club leaders can support authors
and their efforts in a powerful way by knowing their book releases and
events. So check us out, and join in the fun at The Book Club Network,
your one-stop community for book fun. We look forward to you joining
the team www.bookfun.org.
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