I just wanted to announce something I’ve been really hesitant to do, but now I feel like I’m at a place where I can do this and hopefully be successful at it.
Remember that book club I started a few months back, announced and discussed a few books, and then got sidetracked by life and didn’t pick it up again? Well, I didn’t want you to think I’ve completely forgotten, but I wanted to approach it in a different way.
So I’m bringing back the book club, but I also wanted to do something special with it. I love sharing my reads and my opinions on books and the Backlist Book Club is something I’m kind of proud to have created. But I know people want to see more engagement, more posts, and generally feel more involved in an online book club. And for that, I’ve launched my Patreon page with one tier: The Backlist Book Club.
Why did I create my Patreon? Well, generally I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I want to bring you more content and more for your bookish life, but I didn’t know how and where I would find the time. In truth, I wish I can make money off my blog and Instagram but I need to focus my efforts on my paid gigs and that means certain things don’t get the time and attention that they require.
So I figured I’ll continue running my book club, but also hope that I can get paid and continue to run it outside of everything else I’ve been doing. This is why I decided to create my Backlist Book Club tier. For a monthly fee, you’ll be able to help choose the book for next month, read insightful articles and interviews I find on the Internet about the book, and receive an invitation to a livestream of me talking to you about my thoughts on the book at the end of every month.
The Backlist Book Club will still be available on my Instagram page. I’ll still announce the book and leave a discussion post to talk about the themes. I don’t want you to think you need to pay me to be a part of it, but I do want to make more fun content around it. I wanted to make something a little extra for those who are willing to pay to be a part of the club. If you like participating with me, talking with me, choosing the next read, and really wanting to get involved with the book club some more, then join me! It’ll be rocky at first, but I’ll be asking for suggestions and improving the process as I go along.
Thank you for listening. I know that a blog post announcing I’m taking money doesn’t feel authentic, but I hoped my explanation in all of this gives you some context as to where I’m coming from.