Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Newsletter Attempt #3 - It's really going this time + Back to Writing

I've been reading some excellent articles about newsletters - how to do them right, what to write in them, when to schedule them, and all those sorts of things.

The best article I read last week was at Christine Rains blog: The Quest to the Perfect Newsletter

So, I decided to try again. I think I have it this time. Don't ask about the other two tries ... please.

If you are interested in exclusive content (I won't repost it here or anywhere), encouragement to dream, and a writing prompt, then sign up on the right over there where it says:Dream, Read, and Write. Or just click here. 

The first edition of this newsletter will go out on March 21st. It really is content-based and not full of sales links - although I will mention Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life at the end.

I can't say that I've made the Perfect Newsletter but I think it's better than ever before.

And, although I'm still not all well, I'm back in the saddle of writing again. I've submitted a bunch of drabbles, hint fiction pieces, and a few short stories - some new, some old but not published yet, and some revised. I'll see how it goes. I started with unpaid markets first and then submitted a few to the tougher, paying markets.

Plus, I'm at work on a particular WIP - I've changed over to something different from Captain Wrath until the end of April when I'll hang out with the Captain again. To find out what in the world I could possibly want to write about other than space pirate cruise ships, trafficking, and annoying teleporting leprechauns, you'll have to read the newsletter. (That was a terrible thing to do, wasn't it?)

And ... I made it out of the house after surgery in time to see Logan in the theater. I loved it although I don't recommend it for anyone squeamish about action violance. A mom sitting next to me kept trying shield her middle grade son's eyes - for nearly the entire movie. It's R for a reason. However, if you've been into Wolverine with the X-men comic books, the early cartoon show, and all the X-men movies - then you will enjoy Logan like I did, or even more. (I admit I read all of my friend's comic books instead of buying my own so I can't say I'm a diehard fangirl, but I did think Wolverine was awesome even animated in yellow tights. Really, my fandom isn't just about Hugh Jackman.)


Annalisa Crawford said...

Lol, my fandom is ONLY about Hugh Jackman - have you seen that man in interview, he's amazing?

Signed up for your newsletter :-)

Cherie Reich said...

Newsletters can be tough to figure out with content, timing, how often, etc., but they are invaluable to authors and a great way to connect with fans.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Excellent you're back in the writing saddle again and you're feeling better! :)

krystal jane said...

Yay to writing saddles! ^_^

Going to sign up. I think I sign up to newsletters more to see what everyone else is doing. I'm still super on the fence about it. To the point where I quick trying to even figure it out. But I was 100% against having a Facebook page a month ago, and now I have one, so, things happen. Hope it goes well for you! I'll be spying. ^_^

Natalie Aguirre said...

I agree with Cherie about newsletters. They can be a good way to connect with readers. However, you do need to be careful not to send them out too often. I'm just deleting without reading some of the newsletters that come out too often. Glad you're writing and feeling better.

Stephanie Faris said...

I was just thinking about the ways I keep up with my favorite authors. If they send newsletters, I don't open them. Usually it's through Twitter or blog posts!

Jemi Fraser said...

Nothing at all wrong with fandom being all about Hugh Jackman! :)
Haven't see Logan yet but looking forward to it!
Good job on the newsletter - they're a lot of work from what I hear!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Signing up! Third time is a charm.
Elizabeth S. Craig has some excellent articles about newsletters as well.
Logan was excellent, but yes, R rated for a reason. Fourteen and up. Or older if you don't want them hearing a lot of F bombs.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Newsletters are a powerful marketing tool.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Annalisa - Hugh Jackman is seriously amazing. :)

Cherie - I've heard that but I have yet to put it into action. So, here goes again.

Madeline - yes, thanks!

Krystal - That's the way I was about twitter. I'm still on the fence about linkedin and I created an account there years ago ...

Natalie - I delete them when they come too often, too, so I'm planning on just a monthly newsletter, hoping that's enough without it being too much.

Stephanie - I usually check via twitter and blogs, but I do open some newsletters, too. Some authors commmunicate well on twitter, some communicate well on blogs, and some have some awesome newsletters.

Jemi - I've heard everything from "lots of work" to "no work at all" about newsletters. I'll see what happens.

Alex - thanks for the tip about Elizabeth Craig's posts. :)

Diane - I've heard so I'm trying to make it work this time. :)

Lynda R Young said...

Best wishes for your newsletter.
I loved Logan too.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - glad you got home in time for something fun and could forget the op. I'll be signing up for the newsletter ... good luck with it - cheers Hilary