Maybe it’s my upcoming move to Missouri, a subconscious effort to focus on something other than packing, or the fact that I’ve just finished a very rough draft of the last book in my Abundance series, but I’ve thinking about what I should keep the same in my life and what I should change.
Of course, those New Year’s resolutions that I make every year have come to mind. Yes, I should eat better. And yes, I should exercise more. Hmmm. Those would both be good changes to make, but motivation is a bit low here during the pandemic.
So I’ve been considering something more fun, taking a big-picture assessment of my writing life, pondering questions like what to write next, how many books should be in my next series, and whether I should type or dictate my books. My answers seem to fluctuate a lot, but I’m thinking I’ll write more contemporary Christian romance, create a new series with four books, and perhaps try dictating again. It’s much easier on your wrists than typing, but I have struggled with adjusting my brain to a new way of working.
One other area I’ve been thinking a lot about is my author newsletter. Newsletters are generally seen as the very best way to keep in touch with readers. Unlike something like a Facebook page, unless you have personal computer crisis (been there, done that, hope never to do so again), you control access to sending email. Some authors have had very bad experiences when Facebook, for some reason or another, turned off their account. And nothing is more exciting than when a reader replies to one of my author newsletters! It’s a lot like getting a real, handwritten letter in the mail. So I think that newsletters are important and I want to make mine a good one, one that readers will look forward to. To try to improve, I’ve read other authors’ newsletters. I’ve read articles and books about author newsletters. But none of has fully answered the questions I wonder about.
That’s why I’m hoping you can help by sharing your opinion about what makes a good newsletter.
I’ve got a quick, four-question survey that I’d love for you to take. It really would be a big help me to me! Everyone who answers all four questions will be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card.
There are no wrong answers! Even if you say you never read author newsletters, that helps me know whether writing one is a good use of my time.
Ready? Please answer like this in the comments below:
- 2, 3, and 6
- Yes, because I love their books
- How often do you want to hear from an author? (Pick one.)
- I never read author newsletters
- Every two weeks
- Once a month
- Less often than once a month
- When you read an author newsletter (or if you were to), what types of information do you like to see? (Pick as many as you’d like.)
- Updates on their new books, cover reveals, etc.
- News about sales/freebies of their books and others in the same genre
- Books the author has been reading and enjoying
- Personal information about the author’s family, like photos of their kids, etc.
- What their life as a writer is like—how long it takes to write a book, etc.
- Other (please describe)
- What would make you want to read an author’s newsletter? (Pick one.)
- If I love, love, love their books, I want to read their newsletter. Otherwise, I’m not interested.
- Even if I’m only lukewarm on an author, I’ll read their newsletter a few times to see if it’s interesting
- I read all author newsletters! I love all information about books!
- Nothing, see Question 1, answer 1, above. :)
- Is there an author whose newsletters you always read? If so, why?
That’s it! Thank you so much for helping me (and possibly another author or two!) improve my author newsletter! If you’d like to see mine, I’d love to have you sign up. Just click here. You’ll get a free copy of my holiday novella, Christmas in Abundance, when you join.
If you’d like to be included in the drawing, please comment by Monday evening, Nov. 2, 2020. One commenter on this post who answers all four questions will be chosen at random, notified by email, and announced in a Sunday edition. *Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.*