Email Marketing: Giving Away Free Books, Opt-in's, and GDPR. Why This Came Up Yesterday I was reminded how the GDPR deadline was coming up. And Instafreebie was not going to recommend any giveaway or book on their web sight that was still "mandatory opt-in" in order to download a free book. Frankly, this was a no-brainer to me, as I explain below. I then communicated this … [Read more...]
The Acid Test of Fiction Writing
For all I've researched and tested in the previous five years about writing and publishing, one challenge yet remained:
Can this be put to use, starting from scratch as a new author, and actually build an audience while writing profitable fiction?
These articles show the journey. Join me. Should be fun.
The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 20 Results Regular progress. Things getting down to a dull roar of regular subscribers - and, hopefully, regular sales. Metrics Published Words Fiction: – free – 0 – paid – 7121 Published Words Non-Fiction: – free – 5952 – paid – 15764 Subscribers Mailerlite: 166, MailChimp: 1, Total – 167 Instafreebie – … [Read more...]
Self-Publishing: How to Build A Buyer's Journey Road More commonly known as a "sales funnel", that's both inaccurate and pretty crass. Your buying readers are on a journey. You want them to buy more from you regularly, so you build a road for them. Both non-fiction and fiction have a road to build. Fiction has a "sales funnel" of their back list. This isn't really laid … [Read more...]
Fiction Writing: Improve Your Story Skills by Cross-Genre Study Here's a grid I found that might be useful: Improving Your Writing Skills (from http://tianevitt.com/infographics/) To Master Read/Dissect Or... In Order To Learn Atmosphere Historical SF Historical Immersion, Weaving in details, Avoiding … [Read more...]
Publishing: Building Audience With Wattpad Syndication Reference: http://livesensical.com/writing-publishing-building-audience-avid-readers/ This is a deeper dive just into Wattpad. I've distilled their recommended articles to pull the key startup actions you should be taking on that platform. It has its idiosyncrasies, but the point is finding your audience(s) and letting … [Read more...]
Publishing: How to Syndicate Paying Fiction on Medium After some months working at this, and finding no real answers, but a lot of restrictive dead ends, here is my conclusion: Just publish. Publish as syndication from what you already published, or before you hit "submit." You can publish stories too short to get above Amazon's arbitrary 2500 word limit. Normally, you'd … [Read more...]
Publishing: The Great Fiction Writing Challenge – Week 19 Results Writing this between storms, while the Internet is out temporarily - you gotta love satellite broadband... Meanwhile Instafreebie continues to impress. Metrics Published Fiction: – free – 0 – paid – Published Non-Fiction: – free – – paid – 0 Subscribers Mailerlite: 94, MailChimp: 1 Total – … [Read more...]
Giveaway: Would You Like a Mini-Firehose of Free Books? Just asking for your help. This is a copy of an email I sent out today to those who are on my list and said it was OK for me to contact them. (Of course, I've tweaked it for you.) And then I thought - hey, there's probably other people who want to hear about this who read my blog. You probably know me by now, … [Read more...]
Instafreebie Tips: How to Mine Your Completed Giveaway Nothing better than mining for gold in your own back yard. Instafreebie gives you tons of data from your completed giveaways. Not just the ones you've organized, but all of them. What is key is to see how you could improve your claims. These days, especially since EU GDPR rules, your claims don't automatically … [Read more...]