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Monday, May 14, 2007

Mailing lists

Creating a mailing list goes hand in hand with telling people you are writing novel. I have been amazed at the number of people who have asked to read my book when I've finished and have given me their email so I could send it to them.

This included people I met:

* at work
* on the Internet through different groups
* at parties and over dinner
* at workshops

All you need to do to get started is to create a group in the Address Book of your email application.

Mailing lists are also useful if you decide to go down the Newsletter path later on. You have a ready made audience.

Now I'm not dumb enough to think that every person that has given me their email really wants me to send them my book to read, but hey you've got to start somewhere.

2 Comments:

Blogger Bastet said...

Min,
Unfortunately, a lot of people also think that e-mail is spam. I found that out the hard way, as did a friend of mine. You really have to be sure that they want the communication. I haven't figured out yet how to separate the spam-sensitive from the rest of the pack.

Lynn

5:44 PM  
Blogger Min said...

Yes this is a problem.

I guess the most important email addresses to get are those of the readers / fans of your work who want to hear from you.

Maybe a small questionnaire about what they would like to receive from you would work.

5:02 PM  

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