Podcast Episode 25: Book of the Month with Siobhan Jones (Editorial Director), plus EARLY REVEAL of August BOTM pick!

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In Episode 25, Siobhan Jones (Editorial Director of Book of the Month) joins me to go behind the scenes of Book of the Month…and reveals one of the August Book of the Month picks early!

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  • What Siobhan’s job entails day-to-day.
  • How Book of the Month picks its monthly selections (including how books initially get on their radar, how far in advance they pick the books, and what types of books “work” and “don’t work” for Book of the Month)
  • Whether Siobhan personally reads all the picks every month.
  • How books get matched with judges (it’s not how you think!).
  • The September release Liberty Hardy has already read 3 times.
  • Book of the Month‘s philosophy about the mix of books for each month.
  • The rationale for and details about the February 2018 strategic changes at Book of the Month (including the disappearance and swift reappearance of the judges’ essays).
  • Why authors whose books are Book of the Month selections end up becoming judges.
  • The recent uptick in repeat authors.
  • How Book of the Month chooses its recurring judges.
  • Lightening round of Siobhan’s Book of the Month favorites.
  • How Book of the Month chooses its December picks every year.

Siobhan’s Book Recommendations

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One Books She Didn’t Love


Other Books Mentioned

Other Links

About Siobhan

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Siobhan is the editorial director at Book of the Month. Prior to Book of the Month, she worked in the publishing industry and as a teacher. She hails from the midwest and loves tacos, puppies, and plotting the perfect way to get rid of her cell phone forever. Her favorite book is NW by Zadie Smith.

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How to Join Book of the Month…

Book of the Month is a subscription service for people who like to try new books from a curated selection and like to read in hardcover format. Through Book of the Month, you can get a hardcover book for generally significantly less than you’d pay in a bookstore or through Amazon. And, you get to try something new that has been vetted by one of Book of the Month’s well-read judges!

Sign up for any of the subscription plans below and you get to choose one of five books selected by Book of the Month’s panel of judges (including a surprise guest judge). Book of the Month will then mail your chosen book to your house with a cute note. You also have the option to purchase additional books for $9.99 each and to skip a month if you want.

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  1. Kate wrote:

    I really enjoyed this episode, as a fellow Book of the Month member! It was really interesting. Thanks for having Siobhan on your podcast!

    Posted 7.25.19 Reply
    • Sarah Dickinson wrote:

      Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it!

      Posted 7.30.19 Reply
  2. Holly wrote:

    I love my BOTM subscription. This is a great episode with lots of really interesting behind the scenes information.

    Posted 8.6.19 Reply

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