That’s right. Who am I? I haven’t done much. Not out in the wide open world anyway. My face isn’t plastered on the news or in tabloids - thank heavens! I’m not the topic of your discussion at the dinner table or the center of attention on some embarrassing clip on youtube – or am I? I’m an indie author. Yes, I wrote, edited, and published a book. Also, I’m marketing it myself, and yeah, I’m writing the sequel. But really, who am I? I’d give myself a 3 on a scale of 1 – 10. That’s a pretty low score. Its a score I came up with not including family, friends, or acquaintances. Actually if you come right down to it with the world population, that score is probably higher than what I would really want to know! In real life I’m better than that. I hold myself up to pretty high standards, but no one knows me. I’m not a celebrity. They don’t know who Elle Knowles is. My family does. My friends do. You don’t. And that’s ok. I’m out to make that change!
I don’t profess to know everything there is to know about writing, publishing, editing, or marketing. There are plenty of you reading this who are more knowledgeable on the subject. I learn more and more everyday. I learn from reading and from listening. I read blogs (and follow them) and I read articles on writing, promoting, and publishing. I round it out with a few humorous posts. Laughter is the best medicine when you are down and out and on those days when the words don’t flow or I feel as though I am hitting a brick wall with the marketing end, I don’t give up. I get my inspiration from you – my blogging buddies! Its your blog posts and your published books that keep me moving in the right direction. I keep reading and researching and the words show up sooner or later.
I’m reading a book on marketing and building my author platform – Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book by Tim Grahl. Seems to me, Tim says I’m doing it all wrong. It’s time to get an email list going. I can do that…I think. Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc…still important, but that ever-important email list is considered the # 1 marketing tool. How many of you out there agree on this piece of advice?
So where is that email list? It’s out there somewhere and I’m researching the best of the best. My decision is MailChimp. Newsletters will be sent out twice a month. That’s a good round figure. I’m leaning toward the first and third Thursday of each month starting in May 2014. You shouldn’t feel bombarded with clutter in your inbox with this number, but it’s still enough so you won’t forget me either. I’ve subscribed to so many newsletters and they are at this moment piling up fast. I may not live long enough to read them all! I don’t want this to happen to you! Now all I have to do is figure out how to use MailChimp and get my sign-up form out to the public – that’s you! Soon those email addresses will be rolling in! :)
What will these bi-monthly emails contain? Reading, writing, and all things associated. Now that covers a lot of ground. To sum it up there will be everything not included in my social media – on my blog, Facebook, or Twitter. These are my main social media platforms. There will be links to great articles about blogging, writing, editing, publishing, and promoting. Tips and shortcuts, I’ve learned on my journey as a new author will show up now and then. I would love to have some give-aways! The newsletter will include the links to great sites for purchasing self-published e-books at the lowest cost or free. There may be a section of reviews on books I have read by other indie-authors or just great books in general. I’m no great book reviewer. I just know I like to read. I may even include a new indie publisher interview from time to time? Anyone interested in that? The ideas are endless. I may have to halt somewhere!
I know this sounds like a lot of work and I’m hoping it won’t be. After it’s all set up I will have to stay organized and stick to the bi-monthly schedule. Then it should work fine. After all, I still have a paying job I work at and I’m still trying to finish the sequel ‘What Line”, then its off to editing, publishing and promoting again! There are other book ideas in my head and projects I want to do.
So…what do you think? Am I going in the right direction? Is there any content you would like to see added in this newsletter? I’m open to any suggestions.
Believe it or not it took me about three weeks to figure out how to add this sign-up form to the sidebar of my blog! Not a continuous stay-up-all-night-for-three-weeks, but from start to finish it was three weeks! I fiddled with it, thought about it, fiddled some more, left it alone for a few days, and today it finally hit me how to get it done. Google comes in really handy sometimes! That’s going to be one of the first pieces of information I have in my newsletter – “How To Add A Picture To Your Blog With A Link Attached!” This will be in real people language. After all we aren’t all computer pro’s are we?
Be a charter member and subscribe to my newsletter by clicking here or on that cute little MailChimp image up to your right on this page . I know you will think it was worth the effort. Elle’s Bi-Monthly Newsletter will be off the ground soon. You wouldn’t want to miss the first issue. Wish me luck!