Fiction set in USA and EUROPE: the life of Maria Callas
Author Harriet Steel talks about her #TFBookClub experience
15th December 2017
When Tina and Andrew of TripFiction very kindly chose my murder mystery, Trouble in Nuala, for the TFBookClub November read, I was delighted but, I must admit, a little apprehensive. It wasn’t the first time that one of my books had been selected by a book club, but it was going to be my first experience of an Internet one. On previous occasions, I had joined the groups when they discussed the books and several of the members were already friends. Inevitably, this time would be different.
In hindsight, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed the experience. As comments multiplied, there was a definite buzz that, for me, banished any feeling of impersonality. Comments were balanced and interesting and showed that TripFiction’s readers are prepared to judge a book on its merits, even if isn’t their usual kind of reading. I was relieved to find that feedback was largely positive! No author wants to think they have wasted their readers’ time.
I felt that the giveaway we organised to coincide with the book group read was very worthwhile too, adding a sense of fun to the proceedings.
As for the lasting effects of being featured, I’ve certainly noticed a rise in sales and new publicity avenues have opened, for example, an exciting invitation to a podcast interview over Skype with Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries in Seattle. The TripFiction team are also very active on social media and have given me a great deal of much-appreciated support.
All in all, having Trouble in Nuala featured by the #TFBookClub has brightened my November enormously. Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make that happen.
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