An e-mail list is a valuable commodity and something we should all strive to get. Not just names on a list, these are people who like YOU and what you do. They are there for you and can be incredibly useful if you need help, from beta reading to promotion…
We are all familiar with the advice. ‘Create an email list!’
And for the first two years in Blogland, I really did try.
As I increased my knowledge, I kept on trying, but nothing much happened. I assumed I must be doing something wrong, and strived to do better.
But the first time I logged into MailChimp to learn how to get subscribers, my brain took one look and literally imploded. It all seemed impossible and totally beyond my capabilities.
I get this reaction all the time, as my brain would rather I spent my time gardening or something equally undemanding. It is only the huge stubborn streak I was born with that I manage to get anywhere in the technical world.
Eventually, though, I have managed to cope with Mailchimp and other just as confusing sites. I even had a subscriber pop up on our blog, which I’m still not sure was a good idea!
But it was slow going, and at this rate, I thought, I’ll be ninety before I have a decent email list!
Then someone introduced me to Instafreebie, a promotion site where you can add your e-books, free to everyone. The only proviso is that they have to subscribe to your email list.
In hardly any time at all, I had over 300 names on my list, and it grows every day.
The idea behind Instafreebie is for people to read your books and hopefully review them. There’s not too much of that going on just yet, but increasing my email list is a bonus.
The next thing I have to learn is how to use Mailchimp to create a newsletter to connect with all of my subscribers and remind them about writing a review. It only needs to be a few words, but SO important to writers!
The learning has begun, and I’m glued to Youtube. There are so many tutorials on there!
More about this development in a later post…