Dear Family, Friends, and Fellow Writers,
I spent 2014 working like crazy to revise and edit my first four novels. 2015 will be my year to promote and publish my writing—and then promote it some more.
Toward that end, I am asking all of you to sign up for my email list. This list serves two purposes:
#1. Direct promotion. This is obvious. Less obvious is
#2. Evidence that my writing has a following—evidence I may then show to prospective agents, editors and publishers so they might see that I have a “platform,” i.e. the means to market my books.
So to sign up for the list, just look over to the top of the right hand column and you will see a widget that says “Join Our Mailing List.” Click there and the rest is easy.
Now let me tell you a little bit about this list. It is powered by MailChimp (the free version!), and will make it easy for me to generate and send out letters and notices. Plus it presents a much more professional appearance to those aforementioned publishing folk.
Now this part is important!!!
MailChimp wisely uses a “double opt-in” system. As soon as you sign up, MailChimp will send you an email asking you to confirm that you want to be on the list by clicking on a consent button. This ensures that the list is genuine and filled with people who really want to be on the list. Again this is more professional than a group name in my gmail address book.
Please be assured that your inclusion on this list will not expose you to spam from MailChimp or anybody else. I myself will never sell or share the list. In fact, at this point I don’t anticipate using the list that often. I will use it to let you know when I intend to publish my first novel and also about promotional events.
I will NOT be sending notices to this list every time I post on the blog! So if you want to follow the blog, please go to the second widget on the right hand side. It says “Follow Blog Via Email.” If you sign up there, Word Press will send you an email every time I post on the blog.
Okay, so if you’ve been so kind to have read this far, and you haven’t already done so, please click on “Join Our Mailing List” at the top right hand side. Please remember to “opt in” when you receive the follow-up email.
And thank you so much for supporting me as I launch my new career!