Indie Writers: Building Your Email List

By Mahdijiba (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Mahdijiba (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

There’s a saying: the money is in the list. An email list is the best way to connect to your audience. You can communicate directly, without worrying about how a platform might change, and you can get feedback from your fans and readers.

So how do you build an email list? There’s a lot of great advice out there, but it boils down to a few steps: Continue reading

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Indie Authors: It’s All About the List

Marketing is a huge, integral part of indie publishing, but it doesn’t have to be hard. There are a lot of different pieces, but one of the most effective and longest lasting is building an email list.

The email list has a few different names. Mailing list, subscribers, sign-ups, newsletter. But it all boils down to the same thing: it’s a list that people have willingly signed up for, because they are interested in what you have to say. That means the people on an email list are an indie author’s target market, which, as any internet marketer will tell you, is incredibly valuable.  Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Blogging as a Professional Writer

Blogging is one of the best ways to build a platform, both as a book author and as a freelance writer. I plan on posting more about the specifics of being a freelancer, now having done it for a while, but blogging seems a good place to start, since it applies to both types of writers.

There are a lot of benefits to blogging, especially if you do it regularly. In the past few years that I’ve been blogging I have

  • improved my writing skills
  • learned how to beat writer’s block
  • started an email list
  • earned some income
  • gotten other publishing opportunities/writing jobs
  • met some wonderful people
  • read some amazing books
  • built up a small social media following

It’s taken a while to get to this point, especially since I did not commit to blogging regularly until recently, and I feel like I’m on the verge of being able to turn this into something that earns some steady income (I’ve only just started monetizing).

For other people who may be in the same boat as me, or even those are just starting or thinking of starting a blog, here’s a collection of tips I’ve stumbled across to help take things to the next level. Continue reading