Mailing List-2 (with major reality check)

NUMBERS LIE!!!

Yes. You see a number of followers on your blog and you go on to send them this mailing list invitation and you find out a lot of those don’t even exist anymore.

First I started from the oldest followers and you wouldn’t believe, majority of the blogs were deleted or inactive.

Then you rely on the once available..but guess what some of them are still not accessible. No contact form, no comment section, nothing! Maybe they want it this way?!?!

well.

So now we are left with the once with contact for and comment section. People with contact form are my favourites kind on the planet right now because its still convenient. 

On the other hand when I tried to contact people with only comment section, WordPress started doing the same thing it did when I started mental health awareness campaign.

It thinks I’m snapping people. 

Okay!! I get it. 

So with all of that, I can hear whistles of a pressure cooker from my head.

So I came here. My favorite shoulder.

I had to address a few more things.

I’m publishing for the first time. And honestly there are a million things to get right if you want your book to be successful. I can’t blatantly market (i’m still going to stay anonymous). That means I am not going to promote my book in my own circles.

Only a few very close people know about what I’m doing.

With that I am left with limited option. I worked hard to get here organically. I am doing whatever I can.

And having a mailing list sounded like a good idea.

Now, the important stuff.

I am not going to use any software. I will email to the people who will allow me to. Even if I have your e-mail address I am not going to update you about the book until you allow me to. And it’s totally fine if you don’t want me to have it. I completely understand.

For a simple re-blog, I ask for a permission, there’s no way I will be messing with privacy of anyone of you.

Secondly, your addresses won’t be shared anywhere in any way. If something is taking me days to gather I am definitely doing to treasure it.

It’s a tedious process. But in the end I know every effort is worth it.

That’s all folks!

oh, in case you are wandering what I am talking about, here it is:

Hey,

I’m working on my debut poetry book and preparing a mailing list. Would you like me to add your e-mail address please? If so, can you share it with me?

I don’t plan to do it like hard core promotion, I will be e-mailing you privately not through any software. 

I will just inform you when it’s available and when there is some huge fluctuation in price (sale etc.), as on WordPress reader, posts get lost in stampede.

I won’t be mailing you more than 4 to 5 times a year, and that’s max. Promise!

And if you want it to share it privately you can do that through contact form on my blog.

Thank you 🙂

 

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  1. You are up to a daunting task!! I commend you for doing this. Publishing, especially self-publishing, can be SO difficult to do. And then there is the prospect of promoting your book…. Gaaaaa! It is all overwhelming! If it helps at all, please feel free to add my email address to your list: psnw123@gmail.com
    Best of luck to you! Stay strong!! ❤

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    1. I looked into that. Watched a few tutorials but I had a feeling people won’t gladly go and sign up/subscribe. I don’t remember I signed up anywhere. As right now my blog followers and a small close circle is my target audience I want to keep the whole thing more personal.
      This is exhausting but I think it will be worth it in the end.

      Thanks a lot for the suggestion tho 🙂

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  2. One of the best places to promote your book, site, and most everything related to writing is Twitter. It’s not difficult to build an audience if you know the write hashtags (like #writingcommunity #amwriting). I’ve been able to build a following of over 3,600 people in 6 months. You can add my email ( just.brian.t01@gmail.com) and if you’re on Twitter, follow me at @just_brian_01. All the best, Brian

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    1. Twitter?? Really? I never even thought about Twitter. 3600 in 6 months?? Are you kidding me?? Seriously that’s a lot!
      Once I am done with mailing list I might consider Twitter as an option. Will definitely follow you there.

      Thanks a lot for email addess and suggestions 🙂

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      1. I found bloglovin to be a waste of time even with synchronizing my site. I think I gained maybe 3 followers since I started in August. Instagram is good, but to grow you need to use an application like Gramblr. I started my IG at the same time as Twitter and WordPress. My IG has about 672 followers but it fluctuates up/down by 10-15 a day sometimes. I also use SoundCloud for spoken word, AllPoetry, YouTube, and synchronize WordPress with Tumblr. Outside of Twitter for the writing community, I also use WattPad to post samples of novel chapters. I tried Pinterest, but that was a waste of time. My primary focus areas now are Twitter, WordPress, and IG. The rest of the sites are what I do when I’m bored or want to try something new. Anyways, sorry for rambling. 🙂

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      2. When I first started, I overdid it and was a bit overwhelmed, but after a while, things settled down. I use Gramblr from my computer to keep IG moving. A lot of things are automated. As an example, I configured hashtags like “poetry” and every 10 minutes it goes out and likes 5 posts by that hashtag. It automatically brings people to me as they return the like and follow me. I try to login to Twitter daily and like/comment for a short period of time. On days that I post on WordPress, I usually link on Twitter, and create a picture post for IG using Adobe Spark. The important thing I’ve learned is you don’t have to do them all every day. Twitter is a must for writers in my opinion. There’s no stronger writing community on the internet. – B

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      3. 1 year back a poetry book was nowhere in the plans. so when i tried reddit it was more for artwork and honestly it wasnt really useful.
        I will try gramblr. for follow/unfollow people i installed an app that tell you about the traffic, you can know when someone unfollowed you and unfollow them in return. people follow you and when you reciprocate they unfollow its happens a lot on IG.
        i agree you cant be everywherre at once so you need to have a strategy there. thanks for sharing so much i will definitely join twitter soon. and then probably will ask all of this again lol.
        thanks a lot🙂

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