Saturday, August 29, 2009

Study Guides/Discussion Questions

My publisher is offering us the option to provide discussion questions for a study guide that goes with our novels. I think these are mostly beneficial for book clubs and reading groups. Since it is optional, I'm trying to decided if it would be worth the additional time to write the study guide. I feel as if I already struggle with making time to write.

So I ask you as a reader, do you read and participate in the discussion questions at the end of a novel or use accompanying study guides? What are your thoughts?

7 comments:

  1. Jennifer, although I've scanned the questions at the back of a book, I've never used them in a study. I read a romance primarily for enjoyment, although since I began writing I notice an author's style and how she constructed her story. To me, the questions can be spoilers, plus they tend to make me feel like I'm over-analyzing something that was intended to be fun.

    I think the questions would be useful for those who want to read your books in a book club setting, but I don't know how many do that.

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  2. I don't know why they are in the back of the book, I don't believe there are that many book clubs out there, more readers that clubs. I have never read them.

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  3. I rarely look at them. Like Keli, I read for enjoyment. I don't want to have to think. That said, I can see where they'd be helpful to reading groups. Therefore, as a writer, I'd go ahead and do them.

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  4. I rarely look at them. But we do them for Steeple Hill. In fact, they increased the number from 10 to 15 questions this past year because they said someone (I'm drawing a big blank, but it's some book club or online seller) is more likely to pick up a book to feature if it has 15 questions. So it may be worth it.

    I've learned to write them as soon as I finish the story so I won't forget all it's about. :)

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  5. Jenn,
    I always read them. I'm curious more than anything as to what the author pulls out of the book for a question. I've never done a book club but if I did I'd use them for that for sure.

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  6. Keli--are you the Maggie finalist Keli? If so --a big congrats from a GRW memeber.

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  7. I'm with the majority - I read the romance novels for fun and relaxation. I don't even read the questions at the back of the book.

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