Since my debut novel, WAKING THE MERROW, launched in early June, 2014, I have attended three book club events (or Salons, if you're fancy, and, IMHO, it's always good to be fancy.) On my events calendar, I have another one scheduled for August, and two other women have expressed interest in hosting their own events.
From each event, I have had anywhere from five to ten people buy my book before the event, and then, at the event itself, I made several more sales.
As for the parties, they have been so much fun! I love to talk. Having taught for twelve years, I have missed blabbing away to captive audiences.
Each host did something unique that complimented my novel. One host ordered a Pu Pu Platter (my main character's husband, Paddy--a big man--eats a whole one by himself), and served my main character's favorite drink--bourbon. She also had another character's favorite beer, Narragansett (a Rhode Island fav, also named after the RI's central bay where most of my story takes place.)
Another host served Pimm's Cup cocktails, a vintage drink served in one of my more historically-based chapters.
Before the last two book clubs, I helped each host design postcards. Here is a sample:
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|The pretty lady on the left is the hostess with the mostest! That's me, in red! Isn't her house GORGEOUS? Also, check out the nifty bookmark on her mantle right below fellow RISD grads, TALKING HEADS, TRUE STORIES on vinyl ...|