Thursday, December 15, 2011

Author Newsletters? Help Wanted

What I'm reading: Mama Does Time, by Deborah Sharp (Nook); V is for Vengeance, by Sue Grafton (print)

A few months ago, I decided to undertake a formal quarterly newsletter rather than random emails. Now, it's time for me to start thinking about what to include, and since you're the folks who read these things (or at least glance at them), I would love your opinion on what you want.

Of course, this assumes you actually subscribe to newsletters. The way my life goes, they're probably out of fashion, but I'm going to hang in there for at least a year.

Here are some things I've noticed from other newsletters.

1. New releases
2. What's in the works, with some behind the scenes peeks at the process
3. Excerpts
4. Photographs
5. Puzzles and/or games
6. Contests
7. Recipes
8. A more "personal" look at the author's non-writing life.

As I read the list, I realize I have a lot of this on my blog, but not everyone who would get my newsletter reads my blog. I really would appreciate your answers. You can either respond in the comments with your choices, or respond via my 1 question survey.

Click here to take survey

And, as a thank-you bonus: If you sign up for my newsletter, you can enter a drawing for an ARC of my next release, ROOTED IN DANGER. The drawing is open to "old" subscribers as well. To enter, whether you're a new or previous subscriber, email me at contest @ (remove spaces) with 'NEWSLETTER CONTEST' in the subject line.

The signup form for my newsletter is on my website home page. Be aware that it's a 2 step process. After you submit your form, you will get a confirmation email, and you have to click through on that one or you're not added to the list. This might seem a hassle, but it prevents spammers from signing people up. (And if you don't get the confirmation, please check your own spam filter—sometimes they end up there.)

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Nicole Morgan said...


I'm glad you asked this question. I'm in the process of putting together my very first newsletter and have the same questions/concerns. I'm looking forward to see what everyone has to say.

Nicole :)

Karen C said...

I completed the survey. Thanks for the contest!

Anonymous said...

hi just registered ,, tina