Many of you may know that I started working at Trusted Media Brands in July. I got a job in the Publishing Technologies department of a publishing company in the hopes of being closer to my passion – reading. When I started, I met many people within the company and in telling them about myself, I mentioned how much I read and how I blog about books. Within my first month, the Editor-in-Chief of the “enthusiast” brands asked me to read a book for her and let her know if it was any good. That book, The Orphan Keeper, was not featured in Country Woman magazine because while I thought it was good, I did not find it to be a great read.
Fast forward a couple of months, I was talking with the Senior Editor of Country Woman magazine at a toasting party for another brand about the books column of her magazine. She mentioned that the Editor-in-Chief had told her that I read and blog about books. I said I’d be happy to help select books or even write the Book Club column if she was looking for someone to help out. I sent her a link to this blog and some samples of my better book reviews.
Now jump to the present, that same Senior Editor happens to now be a little short staffed due to someone leaving the company, so she is indeed looking for help. She asked me if I would still be interested in writing the Book Club column. Am I ever! I have my first assignment, which will appear in the April/May edition of Country Woman magazine.
The print publishing business works very far ahead, so my deadline is November 10th for an article that won’t run until spring. But I am beyond excited! And I have been frantically reading books that I think might appeal to the target audience of Country Woman. It’s derailed my scheduled reading a little bit, but this opportunity is too good to pass up.
The average reader of Country Woman (a publication similar to Better Homes & Gardens with a slightly more rural focus) is a 65 year old woman. In other words, my mother-in-law, who does actually get the magazine. It’s been a bit of a challenge to find books that I enjoy and can recommend that I think will also appeal to an older audience. I have one book in mind already, but unfortunately two others that I tried recently are not right. I have several other books reserved from the library, and I’ll be reading them ASAP.
If you know of any great books for this audience that were published within the last 6 months or that are going to be published in the next 2 months, please let me know. I’ll normally have 2 months to prepare my column, but this time I only have a month, and I’m scrambling a little bit. I have some backup ideas, but I’m on a quest for the perfect books!