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A Few of My Favorite Tools…

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A Few of My Favorite Tools

For authors today, we have so many fantastic tools to connect with readers – tools not available even a half-century ago. Things like websites, email lists, social media, giveaways, and more!

I thought it might be fun to take a moment to look at some of these helpful tools, and I’ll share what I use and why.  Read the rest of this entry »


A True Story…

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Grow Your Reader Email List

One of the less-glamorous aspects of growing your reader email list is Regular List Clean-up. Glamorous it may not be, but oh, baby, it’s more important than you might think!

Allow me to share a cautionary tale from my own recent experience. I’d been doing small clean-up in some of my email groups, but putting off going through my entire list. What do I mean by email list clean-up? Basically, sending an email to those who hadn’t opened my emails in the last 6 months, asking them if they still wanted to be on my reader email list. Those who click the “Keep me on” link get to stay, but everyone else who receives the email would be unsubscribed.

So, back to the story…It’s a good idea to do a quick full-list clean-up about every 6 months, but it had been over a year since I’d done a full clean. After all, why not give those readers a few more opportunities to click? Finally, I decided I would do a full clean after my February release. It was time. My calendar and my conscience agreed.  Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Look at a Launch Team

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Inside Look at a Launch Team

You’ve heard me talk about launch teams several times, but I thought it would be helpful to share my experiences with my latest release. (This Treacherous Journey, released Feb. 6th, 2018.)

Before I began to prepare for this release, I had about 20 wonderful people on my launch team. I knew I wanted to grow the team for this new book, so about three months before the release date, I sent an invitation to my email list, explaining what the launch team was and offering the chance to join (through a screening process).

I was thrilled with the response, and grew the team to 189 members. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Things I Love About Book Cave

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3 things I love about book cave

If you’ve read many of my blog posts about growing your email list, you’ve probably heard me mention the website As I talk to authors, it seems there’s a bit of “Angst-of-the-Unknown” syndrome associated with the site.

Since some of my favorite group giveaways have been run through the My Book Cave, and almost all of their services are FREE, they’re definitely a site for authors to check out.

Book Cave logoThey’ve recently rebranded as “Book Cave” (drop the “My”), so I’ll refer to them by that name moving forward.

The site has a ton of resources for authors, but it can be a bit confusing at first, because both the Reader and Author resources are located on the same website. To help clear out the fog, I’ll share my three favorite parts of Book Cave, and how to navigate each of them. Believe me, it’s worth exploring! Read the rest of this entry »

This year I’m doing different this year to promote my books…

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Grow Your Reader Email List (3)

One of my goals this year is to be more intentional with each book launch.

A nice part of being an indie author is that you can do a “soft launch,” which means you hit the Publish button on Amazon, then send a note to your email list about the new book and move on to write the next one.  It’s nice to have that flexibility, but honestly, it’s effective only in maintaining a ho-hum writing career.

When I did my annual review of book sales for 2017, I noticed a very interesting trend. The books where I did a full launch for the release have sold a significantly higher number of copies per month, even after the launch. Almost 50% more, in some cases.  Read the rest of this entry »

A Year of Email List Growth: 2017 in Review

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Grow Your Reader Email List (2)

As 2018 begins with a fresh dose of hope and a year full of possibilities, I’ve been working through my goals for the new year, and looking back on what worked last year and what didn’t. (I’ve also been reading an early copy of Michael Hyatt’s new book, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. I highly recommend it!)

One of my favorite studies each new year is a look back at my email list growth for the previous year. I did this in Jan., 2017 and shared the results on this blog post. It was insightful to see which ways of growing my list yielded the highest open and click rates!

For 2017, my goal was to grow my list by 6,000 reader emails. I’ll be honest, this was a less-than-ambitious goal considering I’d added 7,178 emails to my list in 2016. Perhaps I was feeling like I wouldn’t have the same list-building opportunities for 2017, but boy was I wrong!  Read the rest of this entry »

9 Ways to Promote Your Preorder

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Grow Your Reader Email List

Preorders are one of the best ways to launch your book effectively, but not every marketing tool works with preorders. Since I’ve been hard at work marketing my own preorder, I thought it might be helpful to share a list of preorder marketing steps that have been helpful for me.

I’ve organized these, starting with the MOST helpful tools to actually sell books: 

  1. Announce the preorder to your email list and social media following. If you’ve been working to grow your email list, that first email to your list will jump-start your preorder sales with a spike! If you missed it, I wrote a blog post about the three critical emails to send your list during a book launch.
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