Are Book Discussion Groups Really Worth The Effort?

My local author’s group discussed an interesting topic tonight. Something I never though about but have experienced it.

[ No, we still meets via internet. No one is foolish enough to brave Covid-19.]

One author said:

[I copied his message from my instant message. Yea, he’s aware I did it.]

“Joining online book discussion groups does absolutely freaking nothing for my books. They are vast waste of your time.

I belongs to over 200 book discussion groups on various online sites from Facebook, Goodreads, to Twitter and beyond and not a single one will or ever have discussed my books or even pay them any attention shall I submit the URL.

The moderators have at times deleted my post or said my book won’t be discussed unless the group ‘decide‘ to discuss. How will the group know about it if I can’t submit a URL?

I’m erasing my memberships. I have over 150,000 emails in my mailbox from these various groups and all of them are about other people’s books. Not a single one about my books.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind discussing other people’s books some of the times but not every damn time I sign online. From this day forward if someone or a group isn’t discussing my books. They have nothing to say to me. I’m through using my energy, time, and life to grease other people’s wheel. I don’t sign online for free you know. I have to pay an electricity and connection service bill, you know.

The time dedicated to discussing someone’s else’s book can be used writing or marketing my own.

Another thing, I’m sick of the so-called experts telling writers how they could feel. I have been on some of these groups something like six or seven years. I know the owners can see who been there the longest. I think they could look at the membership and go with who has been there the longest supporting them not entirely based every single discussion upon the latest New York Times book list when none of these are self-published or small press books.

Other than you you guys discussing my books. I can’t get anyone online to pay my books any attention. I don’t have this problem off line. I can gather a fairly decent crowd at the community centers and other places as far away as NYC. So, I know it is not that my books are not good. I think most of these online sites are purely about promoting traditional published authors. No pun meant toward those of you who are traditional published. I’m just stating my point of view and experiences.

My conclusion is that online book discussion groups do not work and nor do blogs. Before the pandemic, I sold more books on the street corner downtown than I sold via online marketing.”

What do you all think?

[I don’t have permission to post the others rely.]

angry writer

About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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7 Responses to Are Book Discussion Groups Really Worth The Effort?

  1. Brendan says:

    I say anything that doesn’t benefit your cause is not worth your time. Heck! I would be upset too had I belonged to groups that long and been constantly overlooked. I hope people are aware that’s a form of discrimination and that can get your group shut down. There’s something called the Civil Rights Act that make such discrimination illegal.

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    • I hadn’t thought about that…thanks Brendan, for reminding us that in America even the internet is governed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964? The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, is considered one of the crowning legislative achievements of the civil rights movement. First proposed by President John F. Kennedy but signed after his assassination by President Johnson. We all know there’s a clause that prohibit discrimination in any area in the United States.


  2. Brendan says:

    Attorney General Holder sued the publishing industry big time for this same kind of thing. Blatantly over looking people’s work because it’s not what you like. You can’t operate a public forum and discriminate. It’s simple as that.

    You have to run a private site if you want to discriminate and that means providing your own server not using one that’s a public trading company on the US Stock Market. I mean create your own server which cost billions of dollars. It’s far cheaper to read the book and let the author have his or her day than they sue you for discrimination. Authors could break down a lot of this pickiness if they took the time to learn the law.

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  3. Montagu Adkins says:

    As an author, if you are like the rest of us, your time is limited between writing and making a living. If the book discussion isn’t about your book then why could you be interested? How is that supposedly to help you as an author? I understand the need to suppose other authors and it’s a valid need, but it also has to be a two way street. A one way street relationship of any kind never last.


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