Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Few Questions for The Reader

So this is what's going on, maybe you can help.

I'm starting a mailing list, and the plan is to send out some kind of newsletter once a month at most, but really it could be longer. Whenever I have something relevant to share, let's say, in a way that won't be just a bunch of spam. But I need some input on what people would want out of such a newsletter. What would make them excited to stay on the list.

Have any of you signed up for an author newsletter before, and if you have, what do you like about it? Just as important, what don't you like? I would also want to give people an incentive for signing up, some kind of automatic reward, and I'm more or less decided that it would be a free story. In fact, I think the novella I recently finished would make a very fine gift. After sign-up the person would receive a welcome e-mail which would include a link to PDF and EPUB versions of the book. I know that not everyone e/screen-reads, but it's the most realistic way I could give away something for free.

I'd really like some input on this. I'm not about to waste people's time on garbage, if I'm going to do it I'm doing it right. Comment below or email me at Brian at Bloodstreamcity dot com, whatever you need to do to be heard.

7 comments:

Brian Martinez said...

From Nicole, on Goodreads:

"I get several newsletters from authors and I can tell you that for me, personally, I dislike the ones that are extremely heavy with the graphics. They take far too long to load and distract from the information and I usually unsubscribe to them.

I like the idea of a giveaway. One of the authors that I follow will give away free ebooks to the first several people to reply to her by email. The number and titles change with each newsletter. Another favorite of mine has a side story going at the bottom of each newsletter. She took some side characters from her series and gave them their own story and wrote a new piece every month. I still have all of them saved."

http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/1458060-a-few-questions-for-the-reader

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Anonymous said...

How about a new magic trick in each newsletter?

david jonathan newman said...

I belong to a LI Poet's newsletter/email blast chain put out by the current Suffolk County poet laureate, and I hate it. such a waste, nothing that particularly grabs me. often times it's written with a select group of people in mind, like as if she was writing to her friends only.

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