BCBC has become a key book finder connecting the author and the reader through book blurbs, author bios’, author interviews and author and reader interaction. It made a change for the Black Caviar Book club to be on the other side of the interview table when its founder Psymon H was asked for an interview from The Caribbean Book Blog.
Hi Psymon H, I’m the creator of Caribbean Book Blog http://www.caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com I’m so impressed with the Black Caviar Book Club I plan to do a feature story on it this week. I would be grateful if you could spare some time to answer the following questions so I can incorporate the responses into my article. Many thanks.
Book Finder Question 1: How have British writers and readers responded to the Black Caviar Book Club?
Good question. In June 2012, I started with just a Twitter account and spent two months making a nuisance of myself with funny tweets and great one-liners. Looking back, I have to say I had great fun with some of my early Twitter followers who may have just seen me as another person with a big mouth and no website. I guess at that time my thoughts were predominantly consumed with studying authors, the book market and how Indie Authors promote their work. Understanding how fierce and swapped the book market has become since the rival of Amazon Kindle, I didn’t want to become just another Indie Author treading water and battling for book exposure with the Black Caviar book series due for release later in 2013. In August 2012, I started the Black Caviar Book Club with the idea that maybe it was time to pull out the tool box and use the promotional skills I was blessed with (from my early days in the night club industry.)
At first it wasn’t easy to attract visitors because I didn’t have my book series out and nobody knew who Psymon H. was, but it didn’t take long to see a hole in the market, and that was a good quality book promotional platform, where authors could promote their book blurbs and get free exposure at the same time. Over the last few months, the Black Caviar Book Club has been praised by not only British writers and readers, but authors and book lovers from each corner of the globe including America, where I now reside with my new wife.
Book Finder Question 2: Are you managing the club all on your own?
The Black Caviar Book Club is currently managed by Me, Myself and I; and that is where good time management and having a plan comes into play. Admittedly at the very beginning, I had no idea how fast a one man book club could grow. The website has gone through many changes in the first five months, simply because honesty and focus on the bigger picture wouldn’t let me settle on a half ass job. I’ve made a few mistakes at the beginning and took harsh criticism from a few peeps, but I focused on the strength and resolve of a fighting spirit which helped me write my first three books even though I suffer from dyslexia. Seeing the website grow with more authors and readers jumping on board, visitors to the site has given me the motivation and buzz to always try and improve the service.
Book Finder Question 3: Did you design the website?
Yes! It’s been one of the few skills I’ve learned along with website SEO. When I lived in England, my now wife and I spent many an hour speaking on Skype about which website tools and design would suit the Black Caviar big picture; it was time well spent.
Book finder Question 4: Has it succeeded in attracting many readers and how often do they participate in club activities and interact with authors?
Without divulging exact figures, the Black Caviar Book Club attracts over 20,000 hits per month and being the kind of person I am, Psymon H. is always making room for improvement by continually setting new goals and targets. Reader participation is the main focus and is steadily improving. It is true to say, that wordsmiths who share the same view as I, that self- promotion is key to book sale success have seen more reader interaction than the few who believe that readers should find their books by accident.
Book Finder Question 5: To date how many books are uploaded to the site?
Since the launch of the Author Billboards and Readers Lounge on September 24, 2012, I am pleased to say, that the book club is promoting nearly 400 books (at the time of engaging in this interview.) With the addition of the Amazon buy buttons on each billboard, it has made it easier for readers to purchase a book without having to click through on multiple links. My plan is to extend the Readers Lounge into a genre mansion full of sub-genres difficult to find on other sites.
Book Finder Question 6: Generally, what feedback are you getting from participating authors?
It was great to wake up to Twitter and Facebook comments expressing how visitors have found the website to be an invaluable tool to both authors and readers. I have now placed some of these comments on the Black Caviar homepage. When many think of the definition of a “book club,” it’s easy to conjure up thoughts of reading enthusiast sitting around a table discussing how well a book was written and if the author used the right wording to describe a scene. My goal was not to follow in the old book club footsteps, nor was it to mirror the great website GoodReads. I wanted to focus on providing a unique promotional experience for authors and a relaxing encounter for the reader. I’m humbled yet thankful to all my website visitors and participants because without them, the book club would just be another website in blogosphere. It’s great to see the like button, the page share button and comment number increase on a daily basis. It’s a great indication that the book club is heading in the right direction.
Thank you for the interview opportunity and I hope your visitors find my website a helpful tool in unearthing those writing diamonds in the sand.
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