“Reason, observation and experience; the holy trinity of science.” ~ Robert Green Ingersoll
As I conclude my blog series about book clubs, here is what I have ascertained from being a casual observer.
Conclusion: “Bookies” have their own opinions of what they like in a story. They are spirited and fight respectfully to uphold their side of the debate of whether they think a book was a good read or not.
Conclusion: Journeys of the heart, that incorporate lessons or themes involving moral judgments make for good book discussions.
Conclusion: Avid readers usually make decent writers. They know what makes for a fulfilling story, and have a vault full of their own wealth of experiences to write about.
Conclusion: Most members are as interested in the author, as the storyline. This leads to curiosity about learning more about the writing process and publishing.
Thus, the group asked me to explain what I do. I said “everything I do in my professional life involves writing and reading. I consult with independent publishers on how to market and sell their products over the internet.”
A discussion ensued about how the publishing industry has changed. No surprise to this group. Many have had the experience of reading e-books. We talked about how digital technology has changed the way books, films and music is being produced. I left them with the thought that people just like themselves who have stories to tell, can now do it and not fear having a warehouse full of books sitting waiting to be sold. Print on demand and e-books have eliminated that.
I’d like to say thank you to the women in the Dorchester County Maryland book club who allowed me to observe their group discussion of “The Postmistress,” and for the opportunity to share with them information about the independent publishing industry. I enjoyed it very much.
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