Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Visiting Book Clubs

One of the benefits of writing fulltime now is the freedom to respond to more opportunities more easily.

For example, take Book Clubs.

Book Clubs are a wonderful way for book lovers to connect with each other. The idea is the group members read a selected book each month, then meet to discuss it. Some do this online (here's a great site devoted to this very thing, called The Book Club Network).

Other Book Clubs meet in person once a month at a church, a library, a bookstore, a coffee house, a living room, etc. The Book Club leader serves as the scout, previewing books that might interest the group, then selecting a different one each month.

Getting Discussion Questions for your Group:

Publishers now recognize the importance of this rapidly growing trend and actually ask authors to come up with a discussion guide when they finish their books. I do this for everyone of my books now. If you're a Book Club leader interested in using one of my books for your club, you can get one of these discussion guides at Revell's website. Just click here to get to the page with my books, then click on a book to get to its separate page. In the right hand column, there's a place under "Resources" to download a PDF file, with 10-12 discussion questions for each book:

Visiting Book Clubs Live:

I'd love to visit Book Clubs. I can do this in person if not too far from where I live. I don't charge anything (just ask you to cover my expenses). Or we can meet by phone (I could take questions while your group meets by speakerphone). If you're a Book Club leader and you'd like to arrange a visit, go to my website at www.danwalshbooks.com, click on the "Contact Me" button and drop me a line.

I'd love to hear from you.


  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for coming up with the discussion questions. It is one of those things that I just dread doing. I love to just discuss the books, but for some in my face-to-face groups and definately the online groups like to have set questions.

    You have definately made my day!
    The Faith in Fiction Book Club

  2. Brandi,

    Glad to do it. Tell you what, when you all meet to discuss the book, if anyone asks questions better than what I came up with, let me know and I'll share them with other groups that select the book for their clubs.

    Thanks again, for picking my book for your group!