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This week is "Ask Suzanne." If you have a question you've always wanted to ask, now's the time. Email your question to me at: Suzanne@Emailbookclub.com
I won't be able to personally answer every question, but if I use yours in my column, I'll send you a free book as a thank you. I'd love to hear from you.
Ann and Patricia asked a question that a lot of readers were curious about.
"Hi Suzanne, in this age of cynicism, how do you get paid? The obvious answer--at least to me--is that publishers pay you. But if so, then there is a major conflict of interest. So how do you get paid in a way to maintain your integrity and be able to honestly present each book club selection?"--Ann Perkins
"Suzanne I know it's nosey, but I'd love to know how you get paid. Does a publisher pay you a fee, or do the individual authors pay you, or does a promotional firm, that is representing the book, pay you?"--Patricia from Brooklyn, NY
(Suzanne replies) Publishers do not pay me when I feature a book in one of the book clubs. You're right, Ann, if publishers paid me a "slotting fee" to feature their book, then it would be a conflict of interest. I choose a book because I think most readers will enjoy it.
So if the publishers, authors and publicists don't pay me, how do my staff and I pay our light bills and pay to send out the daily email?
The answer: libraries in the U.S. and Canada subscribe to my online book club service--so if you're reading at a library's club--be sure to thank and support them. I'd appreciate it and I know they would, too. I also produce book clubs for publishers: Read-it-First for St. Martin's Press, The Breakfast Club for Zondervan and Booked for Breakfast for Bantam Books. And if you visit the Books-A-Million website, you'll see my photo on the left-hand side of their home page--I'm the Book Preview Club Editor.
Thanks for asking and thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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