So I was invited to Wausau, WI to attend the Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Group's discussion of my book, Bingo Barge Murder. Thank you Jessie 1! I was a little bit leery of the 400 mile round trip drive, but in the end I was more than thrilled, and ready to come back again.
Tim, the assistant manager, organized a signing prior to the book group's discussion and Q&A. session. Business was slow, and I hung out and chatted with their ereader specialist until it was time to join the group. There were about 12 members in attendance, and all but one had read the book. There were lots of good questions and it was fun being able to tell the behind the story story of characters, places, and events. It's a shift from doing a reading where most people haven't yet read your book and you're trying to hook them into at least picking your book up and taking a look.
So have any of you attended a book group when the group has done your book? Did you have a good experience? How do you compare readings to strictly signings with no reading to a book group discussion? Do you like one better than the other? Why or why not?