I write a monthly article for the Christian Fiction On-Line Magazine. This month I’ve featured the contest we held at The Book Club Network. I wanted to show some excerpts from the article here. For the entire article you can read it by clicking this link.

Here is an excerpt. 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. (for the interview I did with Redeemed Readers leader, Sheryl Barnes click this link to read )

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 connected.

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.

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 700 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 .

If you are a book club leader and would like your book club featured on my blog and on the magazine, please let me know.

Until Next time.

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network


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