I have finally got round to setting up a mailing list. As I write both non-fiction and fiction, I’ve decided to keep my email list for fiction only. I’m going to send out periodic updates, and only when something remotely interesting has happened!
The novel that I’m currently getting ready for publication is going to be the first in a series, all being well, so I’m hoping that an email list will be useful for keeping people up to date on what is happening.
(I’m obviously thinking ahead to the days when I will have actual fans looking forward to the next book — hey, I can dream right?!)
So anyway, I’m hoping to use my mailing list in several ways:
- To keep people up to date with what I’m working on.
- To share deleted scenes with the people that (hopefully!) want to read them.
- To eventually be able to ask opinions on what my readers like or dislike, and what they might like to happen next. I really like the idea of getting readers involved in my writing.
If you want to join my mailing list, just input your details into this very purple sign-up form — which of course matches my blog… (The link is also in the sidebar there on the right, and the menu at the top of the page.)
Lastly, I have decided to give away a free story as part of joining my mailing list. It features one of the main characters in my novel, and sets the scene a little. Hopefully, if you enjoy the short story, you’ll enjoy the novel — and if you don’t like the story, you know to avoid the novel!
In other news, I’ve seen the first drafts of the cover and it’s super exciting! More news soon…
On that note, I think I’m going to go and lie down in a dark room somewhere quiet. MailChimp is fairly straightforward to use, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a steep learning curve involved in this email marketing malarkey. Luckily, there’s a number of excellent free PDF guides on the MailChimp website, so if anyone is thinking of starting an email list, I’d recommend you make that your first stop!
Before I go, tell me: if you’ve signed up to a writer’s mailing list or newsletter, what stuff would/do you most like to read? And what kind of stuff makes you click the unsubscribe button?