CHOOSE A BOOK - INVITE AN AUTHOR
Frequently Asked Questions from Book Clubs (FAQ)
How do I contact an author to schedule a meeting?
An email link is provided for each author. Please email the author
directly. You might want to include a few dates when you are available
and the location of your group.
Can I invite an author to attend our book club meeting?
Yes. Check the Location Directory to find authors who live near you and are available to attend meetings.
What should I take into consideration when scheduling a meeting with an
Take time zones into consideration when scheduling. Also, plan on holding
the meeting where a speakerphone is available. Position the speakerphone so
group members can hear the author and the author can hear them.
Who places the phone call?
Unless the author specifies otherwise, the book club should place the phone
call to the author.
How long will the author speak with us?
Plan on spending approximately 30 minutes of your meeting with the author,
unless s/he indicates otherwise.
How many authors can our group contact?
Please feel free to contact as many authors as you like - there is no limit.
Can we ask an author to discuss a book that is not listed in the Invite an
When you contact the author, feel free to ask if s/he is willing to discuss
titles other than the ones listed.
How far in advance should we schedule our author discussion?
Plan on having enough time for all club members to complete the book. You
might choose a book you will discuss at the next meeting, or you might schedule
the conversation for several months in the future. It is best to contact the
author as early as possible.
Should we send questions in advance?
Unless the author specifies, you don't need to send questions in advance. But
it is helpful to have group members bring prepared questions to the meeting, and
to gather for a short time before you call the author to brainstorm discussion
Is there a charge to use the Invite an Author directory?
Invite an Author is a free service for book club members.