Why I Don’t Do Newsletters, plus an update on Never Change (Book #3)

I could make this a one sentence post: Because I don’t have time.

But let me flesh this out a bit more. I have a newsletter program set up, along with 50 subscribers. Many experts in the writing world advise authors to have newsletters to announce contests, new releases, and to keep in touch with their readership. I love the idea of a cute monthly newsletter, complete with awesome graphics, links, quizzes, and trivia, yet at the same time it seems daunting.

Daunting because I’m terrible with graphics, it takes me a long time to learn new programs, and the energy it takes just to think about putting together a newsletter steals away from the energy I need to simply write. My focus now needs to be writing my third book, Never Change. I use other methods to connect with readers, mainly my Facebook reader group, Instagram, Pinterest, and this blog. I know I haven’t been too active recently on this blog, but my intention is to make this like a newsletter.

That’s not to say I’ll never do an official newsletter. Perhaps somewhere down the line I’ll have the time to put into it, or I’ll be able to afford a good PA (personal assistant). Or maybe I’ll never do one, and that’s okay, too. Honestly, I subscribe to probably 10 author newsletters, and really only open a few, if any, per month. I feel bad that these authors spend time making newsletters that only a small percentage actually read. Right now, in this season of life, I’m not willing to put forth the effort for such a small return.

Thank you to those who’ve subscribed to my newsletter, I really appreciate your support! However, the best way to follow me is through the methods I’ve mentioned above. (Links are on the right side of the page).

So here’s my latest news, for those who are interested: Never Change (Faithfully Yours #3), is still in the rough draft form. I’ve written almost 50,000 words. That’s a little more than half-finished. Now that my kids are back in school, I have more time to write, so my plan is to finish this rough draft within the next four weeks. Once it’s finished, I’ll polish it up and hand it over to my beta readers. While my beta readers have Book #3, I’ll start working on Never Give Up (Faithfully Yours #4).

I’ll keep you posted as things happen, but my plan is to release Never Change by the end of February, 2017. I’m hoping (crossing fingers) to release Never Give Up by the end of 2017, or early 2018. Beyond that, I have plans for a box set with tons of extras, including Never Let Go (Book #1) written from David’s POV. That, I’d love to publish by the end of 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to message my FB author page, https://www.facebook.com/annecarolauthor/

As always, thanks for your patience and support!

~ Anne

 

 

 

I don’t like rules, but…

The nice thing about being an indie fiction author is that pretty much anything goes. Yes, my editor does a lot of work trimming and shaping my manuscript so it doesn’t sound like a twelve-year-old wrote it, but as far as content – I can be creative and innovative. The more creative, the better.

I’ve been working with high schoolers who have a desire to write, and some of them have expressed that it’s hard to get into writing because they get so hung up on rules. I completely understand that. I was there once. Certainly basic rules of grammar and punctuation are important, and admittedly I need help from my editor in this area. As much as I want these kids to throw out the rules and be creative – I have emphasized that it’s crucial they have a good foundation in proper grammar.

But that’s just one area of writing. What about marketing? What about those rules? A friend posted an article about all the things a writer “must do” before a book launch. You can imagine the comments that followed. Some agreed; some disagreed, at least with some of the points. When I read the article, my first thought was “I totally screwed up.” Can you imagine coming off a book release (that was less-than-impressive), reading this article, and realizing it was too late to follow these tips? The only thing that helped was knowing I can do things a lot differently with my next book.

As much as I cringe when I see articles titled “You MUST do this” or “10 mistakes new authors make” or the like, I have to admit sometimes following these proven tips is smart. I’m not too proud to say I’ve failed in some areas. This whole game is a learning process. I’ve been a CPA for almost 19 years and I still learn new things every year.

I think a part of me resisted doing what every other author does (making graphics, establishing a newsletter, blogging, etc) – due to inexperience or pure laziness – but now I know better. I’m listening to the seasoned indie authors and doing my homework. And as I begin writing Never Change – my third book – I’m already making plans of how to do things differently.

That’s not to say I’ve given up on marketing my first two books! I believe in these books and have had great feedback on both of them. Why don’t you see for yourself? My Faithfully Yours series, about the romance between a California girl and a London rocker, is available on Kindle or paperback. and is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Never Fall (Faithfully Yours #2): http://amzn.to/1WXeqRm

Never Let Go (Faithfully Yours #1): http://amzn.to/1WXfmVR

Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/bCtXvT

NF Teaser, Michele #10