Book Notes is a virtual book club for writers. The idea behind it is simple: first, we all read the same book. Then, we meet online to engage in a craft-based discussion so that we can share our learnings and improve our own writing, too. If it sounds like we're deconstructing our favorite stories to see how they work, that's because we are!SAVE YOUR SEAT FOR NOVEMBER →
Here's How it Works:
Step 1: We all read the same book
Every quarter, Abigail and Savannah will choose a book for everyone to read. There's not necessarily a formula to the books we choose to read, but we do tend to focus on commercial fiction–it’s popular for a reason, right? We make our choices thoughtfully, and we are always looking for ways to deepen our understanding of the craft, of other authors, and of ourselves.
Step 2: We meet online to talk about it
Abigail and Savannah will start each meeting with a text-based discussion on the craft of storytelling, noting specific examples used by the author. We tackle things like opening pages, genre, plot, character arcs, theme, settings, conflict, tension, emotions, scene structure, endings, and more. These meetings will run for two hours, and you'll have the chance to share your thoughts and ask questions at the end.
Step 3: You become a better writer
We believe that reading is THE best creative writing instructor. One of the main benefits of this book club is that you get to take everything you learned from a commercially successful novel, and implement it in your own writing right away. There’s no better way to spend an evening, especially if you’re a writer who also loves reading good books!
Meeting Dates and Book Info:
All meetings will last approximately two hours from 4-6 pm PT / 7-9 pm ET. If you can't make the live call, a recording will be sent out within 24 hours.
✨ November 17th, 2022 - Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Replay $49)
✨ January 19th, 2023 - The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Replay $49)
✨ March 16th, 2023 - The Guest List by Lucy Foley (Replay $49)
✨ May 11th, 2023 - Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Replay $49)
✨ July 13th, 2023 - Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (Replay $49)
✨ November 16th, 2023 - The Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (RSVP)SAVE YOUR SEAT FOR NOVEMBER →
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Meet Your Hosts
Abigail K. Perry is a book coach and certified developmental editor who specializes in Upmarket Book Club Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, YA Fiction, and MG/YA Fantasy. She is also the host and creator of the podcast LIT MATCH, a podcast made to help writers find the best literary agent and business partner for their writing career. Learn more.
Savannah Gilbo is a certified developmental editor and book coach who helps fiction authors write, edit, and publish stories that work. She’s also the host of the top-rated Fiction Writing Made Easy Podcast, where she delivers weekly episodes full of simple, actionable, and step-by-step strategies that you can implement in your writing right away. When she’s not crafting her own stories, you can find Savannah curled up with a good book, a cozy blanket, and her three furry partners in crime. Learn more.SAVE YOUR SEAT FOR NOVEMBER →
Frequently Asked Questions
If I can't attend live, will there be a recording?
Will I be able to ask Savannah and Abigail questions?
Does each meeting cost $49 or is it a subscription?
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Savannah is a developmental editor and book coach who helps fiction authors write, edit, and publish stories that work. She also hosts the top-rated Fiction Writing Made Easy podcast full of actionable advice that you can put into practice right away. Click here to learn more →