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Here's the question:

What makes you sign up for an email list compared to just following someone on a social media platform like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter?

If you have an answer I would truly be interested in your take.

The reason I ask is serious, not heart attack serious, but this isn't mere curiosity.

In the publishing world, where authors are expected to do most all of their own marketing, it is impressed upon us that having an email list is important. They expect that you are coming to the table with hundreds, hopefully thousands, of potential book sales ready to go.

I know it sounds a bit insane but inside the publishing realm books are churned out and sent into the world on the heels of the one before it and the one that will be following yours is already sharing your chair. On top of that, If you are going the traditional publishing route it's best to know that even if your agent and the publishing house loves your book and signs you it will probably be another solid year, if not more, before you see your actual printed book.

Yes, You can absolutely self publish. Self edit, partially pay an editor, pay for your cover art or do that yourself too. There are a million ways to get a book out to the masses but it still leads you back to selling your book....if that's why you wrote it and that's what you are hoping to do.

So, Email sign up?

What do I need to do to get you to sign up on my email list?

*cute smile* points to link -----> Email sign up

Should I give stuff away? Offer a copy of my book, once it's published?

Help a girl out and let me know.


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Whew, what a past week this has been.

I'm sure like most people, whether American citizen or not, the election of our next president has taken up a bit of your time, social media attention or your television viewing.

This is not a political post, FYI. So no worries there, you can relax.

I, too, have been engrossed in the details of the election which naturally has taken me away from my main focus of writing this book. Keeping up with any regular task can be difficult when there is something newsworthy grabbing at you but today I have managed to reign it back in, Thank goodness.

While I haven't done a ton of writing today what I did accomplish was getting my notes in order to place them into their proper chapters. You see, a good portion of my book has been written by dictation. I have spent the last couple of years going over phrases, passages and title ideas entirely in my head. As soon as I was able I dictated them into my phone's notepad so that I could then email them to myself at a later date to be sorted. Today was printing and sorting day!

Besides the actual writing portion, I've mentioned this on other platforms, I will need to do the marketing of my book as well. I wasn't quite aware to what extent until I took a couple writing workshops that spelled out quite clearly that it is almost completely up to me. That entails the set up and upkeep of each of my social media platforms regularly. Engaging with others and dropping in bits about writing, my book or current blog post is essential and that is how I spend my mornings usually. I'm guessing if you are reading this that you probably participate in at least one social media platform. If not, I highly recommend it. I have met and chatted with some of the most wonderful, warm and welcoming people from all over the world.

So today was notes day and website maintenance day. I think I did some good work and with this little blog post, it's the cherry on top.

Coming up in the near future there will be a contest for some swag....So if you want to be included in that I would highly recommend signing up for email updates. It will only be for email subscribers.

Until then....

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Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Wow! You learn something new everyday.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Who knew, right? Or is it, Write?

Anyway, according to their mission: "National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. "We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page. National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days."

50k in 30days! Whoa!

If you check out their website they are as serious as a heart attack. This is straight up a writers paradise and community for the like minded.

In case you are wondering, Yes, I signed up. Yes, yes, I know it's lunatic since I am in the middle of writing my book but truthfully if it can help push me forward I can't take fault in that. Aannnnd...I kinda have an idea for a second book. Shhhh, don't tell anyone, we'll get into that some other day.

Regardless. If you are a writer, like writing, like books and all that good stuff this is probably for you. I'm including the link and highly recommend checking them out.

Even if you don't sign up for the November Challenge you should still sign up.

This .Org is more than just writers, though they have over a million connected to them. They are a huge social network reaching around the world, they support writing fluency programs education, project libraries and so much more.

According to their website they are "internet famous" and I would have to agree since that's how I found them and now so did you.

Chat soon!

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