Post by Fiona Ross
We have a volunteer team of four here at The Authors Book Club. David and Ann represent the authors and (obviously) have knowledge and connections with the publishing industry. Claire, our newest addition, is our creative tech troubleshooter. Me, well, I am the book club “expert”. I am supposed to get book clubs involved and connected to our authors, and well folks, thus far I don’t think I have done a very good job. Right now we have three book clubs signed up (and one of them is mine). Now, while it is true it is hard to get fired from a job that is entirely voluntary, I am asking for your help. PLEASE consider signing your book club up with us. A brief blurb about your club and a picture would be wonderful. See how the others have done it by visiting our Book Club Page.
IF you sign up (I feel like I should be offering a set of knives or something) you will get advance notice of any of our free digital events and we will be starting a quarterly draw for a signed book from one of 50+ authors.
On a more serious note, we need to support authors and publishers in Canada if we want them to be around in the future, and we need your help. Buy books by CanLit authors, preferably from a local independent book seller if possible. However, you don’t need to spend a dime and you can still do lots to help. Please consider the following:
- Request a book from your local library
- Write a positive review on Goodreads, Chapters/Indigo or Amazon.ca
- If you are on Twitter retweet out a book announcement (book birthdays are always on a Tuesday BTW)
Hope to hear from you soon!
Fiona Ross is teacher librarian and book club consultant with The Authors’ Book Club. From the time she read her first novel, Bimbo and Topsy by Enid Blyton at age 6, she was hooked on fiction. Fiona is an avid reader, a teacher librarian, a current member of two book clubs and past chair of the Secondary Fiction Review Committee at the Peel District School Board. She also serves on the planning committee at the Festival of Literary Diversity, (FOLD). Although her job demands lots of YA she occasionally tries to read a book aimed at adult readers.