When You Write a Newsletter #rambles

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It’s time for Rambels, where the drama, life, ups and downs of being a reader and an author are laid bare!

When You Write a Newsletter

It’s a lot of work, as any determined author knows, to take valuable time away from writing and life to sit down and draft up your monthly newsletter. You try your very best drafting up this letter, even if you aren’t an expert at it yet, and by the time it’s all done, set and ready to be sent out, it is such a relief! So much time and effort placed into making this little email you will soon send out to the world, with love and care, to all those wonderful people who signed up to recieve it! However, things might not go as planned.

After all that effort, it is a sad thing and might come as a shock to you when no more than a tenth of your specially crafted emails are opened or read. An author might have several different reactions to this.

  • Stare at computer while yanking at hair and wondering where you went wrong.
  • Run to the cupboard: it’s time to get out those special chocolates you saved.
  • Breathe in, breathe out. Go through your calming routine.
  • Might grow broody and avoid people for the rest of the day. Unless salted fries are served.

In conclusion, whatever reaction an author might have, in the end they will not give up. They are determined to do better next time, and they will succeed. Here’s to all you authors out there who send out monthly newsletters!

*Always check your email’s Spam folder and Promotions tab when you sign up for a newsletter, as they tend to get lost there. My newsletter was sent out last week, just fyi. 😉 Do you write a newsletter? How is it going so far? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!


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10 thoughts on “When You Write a Newsletter #rambles

  1. I’ve been thinking about doing a newsletter, maybe using MailChimp to create and distribute it. But I don’t really have the time for it right now, on top of everything else I’m doing… Maybe once I get closer to releasing a book, though.

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  2. I think a newsletter is a great idea- for someone else.
    I’ve proven to myself that making long-term commitments like those are beyond me. I have tried making informal posts on a timely basis, just to lose interest after the second or third one. At this point in time, anything done on a timetable usually falls to the sideline.
    I guess I’m an incurable, impulsive slacker.

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    • The incurable, impulsive slacker, I like that description. 🙂 I agree, a newsletter is not for everyone. But it can be a good idea to help spread the word about your books. Maybe some day you’ll get around to it. 😉 It could be an “announcement only” newsletter, where you only send out an email when there’s something to announce.

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    • Depending on what service you use for your newsletter, yes, you can see how many people have opened your newsletter, read it, and clicked on any of the links you may have added inside. 🙂 Once you’re ready to publish a book, then I’d recommend you start a newsletter. Some of the articles I added to my For Writers page talk about newsletters and how they’re important for authors. A good aim for the future. 🙂

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      • I’m now very self-concious in opening my emails. I found your newsletter in my spam earlier. I thought I’d signed up, and wondered why I hadn’t got any. Spam filters are all right when they work properly. I found a few other things there too.
        A newsletter kind of scares me. But like everything else, it’s a challenge, and challenges can be overcome.
        Thanks for the information. 🙂

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