There are a lot of things besides writing, revising, and editing that an indie author has to do. We are our own publishers and marketers. We run our own businesses, basically.
One of the things I have trouble with is marketing. I haven’t had the courage or money to spend on paid ads yet. Even the most basic marketing thing authors – an email list – has given me a lot of trouble. Getting it set up is harder than it seems.
I think I finally managed to do it right. If so, anyone who subscribes should get some free stories in my Double Helix universe. There’s also some background stuff every other week. And email subscribers will get early notice when I have new books coming out, as well as sneak peeks at things I’m working on.
I’m pretty sure I have things set up so that people can chose just to get publication announcements, emails only for Double Helix stuff, or for the other genres I write in. If I did it right, and I get a lot more email subscribers, I’ll be able to keep all my subscribers on a single list, but they’ll only get the news and sneak peeks they want to get.
I really need it to work. I plan on using it to find beta readers, pre-orders, and reviews. The only way I’ll find those people is with a mailing list. I’m just not social enough and don’t go to enough conferences and conventions .
But it’s been a challenge to get the onboarding sequence up and running. Getting to the point of being able to get the free stories to people who subscribe has been frustrating. But I figured it out.
I don’t usually ask for anything, but if you’re interested getting in some of my stories for free, finding out about new books early, or maybe being a beta reader or reviewer, help me out and subscribe to my list. Here’s a link.