Hello and welcome to the first month of the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club!
If you’ve already become a member of the book club you got an email yesterday telling you what our first book pick is. Yay! (If you didn’t get that email check your spam filter and if it’s not in there email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make sure you’re in the system. This post will cover most everything in the first letter.)
If you’re reading this and going “THERE’S A BOOK CLUB? HOW DID I MISS THIS?” then yes, there is and you should click here if you want in.
So first off, THANK YOU. I honestly was crossing my fingers that there would be at least 50 people in this strange little book club. At present? There are over 1,100 of us. WTF, y’all. That is amazing for a lot of different reasons but here are just a few: This enables Nowhere Bookshop to stay in business even during these months where the building is being gutted and costing a fortune. And secondly, an author selling 1,000+ books unexpectedly can make such an incredible impact. It helps in ways you can’t possibly imagine and it helps grow the industry so that more people are able to tell their stories. It encourages publishers to take chances on authors and that means more stories for all of us. Everyone wins.
The only downside is that because I so drastically underestimated how many of you wanted in to this amazing club it means we need to switch over to a different payment system because the one we were using would require us to print out each one by hand and then our hands would fall off. So, if you’re a member you’ll be getting an email from us via Zoho Subscriptions (sometime between now and Wednesday) with your subscription info that you just need to enter your payment info into. Sorry about the growing pains here. Using Zoho will simplify billing for us going forward and will make it easier for you to manage your subscription without having to contact us first. (PS. You’ll be billed on the 10thof each month in case you’re wondering.) If for some reason you haven’t received the Zoho email by Thursday reach out to us at email@example.com and we’ll help you.
So now for the exciting announcement. The first book will be going out to you later this month and it’s so good. It’s called Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford.
(Synopsis: Follow Me to Ground is a haunted, surreal debut novel about an otherworldly woman and her father who are touched by the power to heal illness and live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals – or “cures”- by cracking open their damaged bodies or temporarily buying them in the reviving, dangerous Ground nearby. Slim but authoritative, Follow Me to Ground lingers long after its final page, pulling the reader into a dream between fairy tale and nightmare, desire and delusion, folktale and warning.)
I’m not sure if it’s horror, sci-fi, fantasy realism, folklore, or all four but it’s really haunting and weird and strange and beautiful and as soon as I read it I immediately gave it to my mom to read so I could discuss it with someone and I can’t wait until you read it because someone needs to talk it through with me.
The book isn’t released in America until the very end of the month but we reached out to the author and publisher and they were so thrilled to have so many of you wanting to read it that they agreed to send us copies early. Also, as a bad-ass surprise thank you the author is personally signing 1200 bookplates for the first 1,200 members so if you get in early enough you’ll see that in your package along with your pin and book.
There is a facebook page for the Fantastic Strangelings Book Club but if you don’t do facebook and still want to discuss the book you can totally do that here. Each month when the book ships I’ll announce it on the blog the comments on that post will stay open on that post for discussion. Also, if you just want to read the book and not discuss anything you are not alone so no worries if your favorite part of the book club is just reading and then avoiding all contact.
A few of you were concerned about what the costs were going to be each month since all books have different cover prices and that can be hard to budget for so we’ve decided to just charge a $25 flat fee for each book (plus tax if you’re in Texas, and shipping) each month. Most hardbacks are $23-$27 a month so we’ll eat the extra if it’s more and if we end up with a less expensive book that month we’ll add something extra (like Nowhere postcards or magnets or stickers) to make sure you always get your money’s worth. (Shipping is $5-8 if you’re in America but outside America it’s $20, which is sort of insane and makes me want to open a tiny outlet in Canada in the future.)
The books and nameplates should come in the next week or two (the author is in Ireland signing her little fingers to the bone right now) and as soon as they get here we’ll start packing them and whisking your lovely packages off to you.
Happy reading, you magnificent lovers of books!
PS. I just devoured the book for February and it is SO GOOD, y’all. It’s non-fiction true crime history and so fascinating. And I haven’t read the book I think I’m picking for April yet but what I’ve seen is hilarious and you are going to love it. I don’t want to give out any titles until we’re sure we can get enough books to fill all the orders but I’m so excited.
PPS. Are you overwhelmed by this long post? No worries. Here’s the TLDR: If you’ve already signed up for membership you should have an email telling you that you’re gonna be getting an email which will tell you how to sign up for the subscription service in the next few days. If you didn’t get that first email from us within a day of signing up just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t get the second letter from us via Zoho subscription by Thursday just email us and we’ll make sure you’re taken care of. If you haven’t signed up yet but want in then just go here to sign up and you will get the welcome letter from us (basically everything in this post) within a day or so (we’re doing this all manually so please be patient) and then the zoho email later to complete your stuff. If you want to sign up now but can’t afford it at the moment you can be an honorary member and read along with a library copy. The Facebook page is open to everyone.
PPPS. For real, thank you. I super crazy love you.