This summer, The Book Club Network (www.bookfun.org) is celebrating its second birthday! I’ve been a member from the start and have enjoyed how this online group connects book club members and authors.
All this month, TBCN will be giving away TEN books a day! (Including three copies of my upcoming novel With Every Letter).
To help celebrate, today I’m interviewing Nora St. Laurent. Nora and her husband, Fred, founded and run The Book Club Network.
Nora, What inspired you to start TBCN?
The Book Club Network was born out of a desire to share Christian Fiction authors with other book clubs, share book club ideas with other leaders, and to encourage the authors who are writing such amazing books. We have giveaway opportunities each month. All of our contests (except this month’s Birthday Bash) are from the 19th – 21st of the month.
|Nora St. Laurent
I run two face to face book clubs – one at the Christian bookstore I work at and the other at the church I attend. I told my husband as a book club leader I wanted to promote great books and share them with other groups. Not everyone has the advantage of working at a bookstore and seeing what new books hit the shelves each week. Another struggle I had was if I had an author speaking at my book club, I wanted to share with other book clubs in the area. How could I do that? Where were book clubs meeting?
Our answer to these questions was The Book Club Network – TBCN. Connecting authors to book clubs and readers to their books; it’s also a network of book clubs as they post what they’ve read and how the meeting turned out.
We have a member map where you can find a book club near you. Message them and see if they are accepting new members.
The Bibliovores (Sarah’s book club) having a Skype chat with author Carla Stewart
Have there been any surprises for you at TBCN? What benefits have you seen by bringing readers and authors together?
I’ve been encouraged and fascinated by our growth. I can see there were other people out there like me wanting to connect with other book club members.
I’ve watched the authors have a blast interacting with readers and vice versa. The beauty of this discussion is it’s there forever for all to read no matter when you join TBCN. The authors have done a great job coming up with discussion questions that give readers a peek into their book.
Members have told me they love the author interaction from the 19th-21stof each month as much as having a chance to win books.
My hope is that book club leaders and members participate in the discussions and make a connection with the author and the book. I want TBCN to be a tool in picking out books. Maybe invite the author to speak to their book club on the phone.
How can readers join in the anniversary celebration?
It’s easy to sign up to be a member of TBCN. We ask a few questions for you to answer and for other information that helps us keep spammers and other information seekers out of the network. It’s also FREE. You have opportunities to win lots of books. For our BIRTHDAY BASH we are giving away ten books a day and announcing winners once a week. You’ll have all week to enter the daily featured contests.
Do you have any other comments for my readers?
If you are an avid reader, this is the place for you to learn about the latest in Christian fiction and interact with authors.
Are you a book club leader? This is the place for you to find your next book club pick. We’d also love for you to set up your book club page at our site to share your latest featured book. Post pictures of your club, field trips you’ve taken, and the authors you’ve met. Learn from other book clubs that have already set up their pages.
Want to start a book club but felt it was overwhelming? You can learn from other book club leaders.
Do you like to win books? This is the place for you. You’ll have a chance to get to know authors and their books and read genres you normally wouldn’t. We’ve been giving away about a hundred books a month and for our birthday bash, ten books every day, starting August 1. Winners are picked weekly and announced each week.
THANK YOU! You’ve been a grand host to have me here and let me talk about The Book Club Network and our Birthday Bash!! I hope to see you there at TBCN www.bookfun.org
Nora St. Laurent is the CEO of The Book Club Network Incorporated. Nora and her husband run The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org She runs two book clubs near Atlanta, Ga., Former ACFW On-Line Book Club. Nora currently writes a Book Club column for the Christian Fiction OnLine Magazine and is a Book Club Talk Columnist for Novel Rocket. You can read author interviews on her Finding Hope Through Fiction blog, located at http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com, and reviews around the web at The Christian Pulse Mag, Title Trakk, Novel Reviews, and Suspense Zone.