So how did that happen? Perhaps it is an unintended consequence of the book group is that discussing what you are currently reading is now corralled into its own special space, rarely leaking out into general conversations. Possibly, the online review, twitter and blogs have superseded having a chat. I write online reviews for books I buy and I read reviews posted on the Internet, which feels like engaging with other avid readers, albeit in cyberspace. As an author I think this trend, if it exists (this is hardly a scientific study) is problematic. If you are an emerging writer you need active discussion of your work and you need your readers to not only pen and online review, hopefully positive, but also to recommend that their friends buy it and read it. And yes, buy it is emphasised, whether you download to an e-reader or purchase a legacy copy, buying the book matters. Competitions bring new authors to public attention, they are an excellent vehicle for this, but small publishers desperately need reader support. Readers matter a lot. Readers who talk about the book can make a tremendous difference to sales and bring new writers to a wider audience. So I have decided to talk more about the books I am reading to my friends, to spread the word, because word of mouth really is the best possible tool for promoting books and writers, independent publishers and reading in general; let’s revive discussing books as an everyday face to face event, just as we do films and television.
Words and Women One can be purchased in The Book Hive, Waterstones and Jarrolds in Norwich, or direct from the publishers Unthank Books www.unthankbooks.com (the preferred route for the publishers and Words and Women team as they actually receive some of the purchase price.) Also Amazon, Kindle and other e-reader formats. If you have read Gene Genie or Words and Women One I would be really grateful if you would post a review on Amazon.