I know, how cliche, how dreary. A bunch of (usually) ladies sitting around, sipping tea and talking about the latest romance they got their hands on. But for me, starting a book club has saved my sanity.
As you may, or may not, know, six months ago I had a baby. My how time flies! The unfortunate side effect from me is that I get postpartum depression. Back in November, I’d started to sink really low. I don’t get hateful to my baby, I just get really sad and overwhelmed easily. I was in a pretty low point and talking with my husband about how I felt, and he suggested I start some kind of project. We talked about some things I could do, until he finally suggested starting a book club.
“To interact and chat with other ladies,” he said, “Rather than kids all the time. You have some other mom friends who I’m sure would enjoy some time away from their kids too.”
So I took that, and decided to run with it, but all the way. I have author friends, so I wanted to use that as a hook to draw a good group of my friends in, while helping my author friends.
So, I decided each meeting, we’d Skype the author of the book we just read, and they often send through swag to giveaway. I put it out there to my friends locally, and got several people interested right away. With some people coming, I asked on my publisher forums if anyone would be interested.
I have more than twenty authors who have volunteered.
The response has blown me away, and each month I have more people wanting to come. My living room has no seats left!
It’s a project that has definitely pulled me out of my slump. Not only do I coordinate the monthly meeting, but I promised the ladies that I’d read all books before bringing them to them to choose so they don’t have to worry about sex, violence, or excessive language. That’s a lot of reading…
But I’m so glad that I can use my associations and passions in a positive manner. To hear the women who come to the club say they’re enjoying the opportunity to read more, or even again after several years not doing any reading, is so worth it. And, they leave reviews! So I hope this is helping my author friends as well, even just a little. It’s a win-win for everyone, and I’m so glad to be doing something productive to pull me out of my slump.
Katie Teller is a writer of NA fiction. Her debut, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, has sold more than 50,000 copies. You can find out more about Katie, the Kiya trilogy, and her other books on twitter, facebook or at her own blog.