Joining A Business Book Club Is A Great Idea
The first step to joining a business book club is to decide on which club to join. If you’re very serious about your writing then it might be worth considering starting a club of your own – although this can be a time consuming process and, in the long run, not always financially viable. For those of us who are more flexible about our writing life, there are literally hundreds of clubs out there, some of which are specifically dedicated to writers of certain fields. For example, if you love historical fiction and real historical figures there’s a club for them. There are also business book clubs for people with business skills. So consider your niche and the kind of audience that you’d like to write for and find the right club to join.
Joining a book club is really just like going to a reading club. You usually have your own reading list, depending on how dedicated you are to your particular genre or the type of books you choose to read. Once you’ve made up your reading list, you’ll probably also have some ideas of what you’d like to read and discuss with other members. Some clubs even offer additional resources to help you keep your reading and writing focused.
Many clubs will host events where you can network – this is a great way to meet other authors and publishers. Not only that, but you may also be able to secure book deals from these contacts. Book signings, author visits, and public talks are all regular features of many reading clubs. If your work has potential for a sale, these are all opportunities that should be seized on.
Before you join a business book club, ask yourself whether you think you’ll enjoy the group as well as the interaction. It might be wise to attend meetings once a month in person, but don’t feel that this is necessary – many clubs will make use of email and chat communication. Consider whether you have any common acquaintances who could fill in for a silent member when you need a speaking partner. A reading party is only so far away from a dinner party! Once you decide on a few possible members for your club, be sure to check their recommendations and find out how they fit with you as a professional, as well as a reader.
The final part of joining a business book club is choosing the right one for you. If you don’t live in the city where the club is located, do some research on the internet to see if there are similar groups within your area. Contact the clubs you find and set up an initial meeting. Try to match your personality to the other members, to see if you’ll have fun interacting with them. You don’t necessarily need to meet everyone at once; a lunch date or a coffee shop visit would be fine.
If you have no idea of what type of reading schedule to have, think about what interests you. For instance, if you’re an avid fan of historical fiction, a business book club would probably feature books by historical experts. If the business meets beauty, a women’s business book club might have a reading series centered on business beauty tips. The point is to find something you’ll enjoy reading, something that connects you to the business and a group of people who share the same passion for the subject.