The How and Why of Author Newsletters

Great post, very useful. I’ve been contemplating starting a newsletter but didn’t know where to start. This has given me a lot to think about.

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In my last post, I talked about Street Teams and using my newsletter to connect with my readers. It raised a few questions about newsletters to which I replied “but that’s another blog.” The ladies at WITS took me up on that. So today we’re going to talk about …

Newsletters.

Some authors groan at the thought while others smile. But when used correctly, a newsletter can be your new best best friend.

Why? Because it’s your number one method of communication with readers.

What can you use your newsletter for?

  • Announce the release of your latest book
  • Promote when you have a special deal on your book
  • Get word out about a special contest
  • Boast about a great review or that sparkly new award you won
  • Tease your readers about your latest project

However – and this is a biggie – your newsletter isn’t…

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Author’s Cut of High Couch of Silistra now in hardcover.

Ohhh Yay!

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Her sensuality was at the core of her world, her quest beyond the civilized stars.

Janet Morris’ allegorical science-fiction classic, now available for the first time in hardcover from Perseid Press (theperseidpress.com).

At Amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/High-Couch-Silistra-Quartet-Book-ebook/dp/B014RGHCG2

The Author's Cut of High Couch of Silsitra, available in hardcover, trade paper, and digital format from Perseid Press

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Janet Morris Interview on Grimdark: Heroic Fiction, Dystopian Worlds, Dark Fantasy and the Future of Publishing

A revealing interview with Janet Morris

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Grim Interview: Janet Morris

I’m honored to have Janet Morris as our next guest. Janet has been a prolific author, with more than 40 novels, her career started in 1976 and since then, she’s been offering heaping helpings of darker fantasy, scifi, and short fiction. Often co-writing with her husband Chris Morris, there’s so much to choose from in their extensive bibliography. For those who prefer something darker, there’s The Sacred Band Of Stepsons series, based around the ancient warriors known as the sacred band of Thebes. Or there’s the Heroes In Hell series, a sprawling set of anthologies, each featuring a broad cast of characters who find their final resting place in the pits of the underworld; selected titles in the series include Angels In Hell, War In Hell, and the latest edition (currently priced at $6.66 on Amazon), Poets In Hell. And for those who want science fiction…

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Jimmo Speaks Out:

Fun interview with Jimmo from Truck Stop Earth.

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PERSONAL INTERVIEW WITH JIMMO FROM TRUCK STOP EARTH @PERSEID_PRESS #DARKHUMOR #UFO #SFF

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I’m not gonna give you all the ins and outs of old Jimmo’s life. I’ve sat in too many cracked plastic chairs before nosy-butt social workers doing that. You want deep psychological analysis of James Ignatius Malachi Obadiah Osborne’s life? Let me give you the name of my current shrink. I think Penelope has it on a thumb drive somewhere.

But in a nut shell — joke! — I’m just your average ex-vet wandering traveler who has been sucked up into a Gray mothership and been given the classic intimate biological examination. I’ve seen it all and been there, from Key West, Fla., to the ass-end of the road here in Della, Alaska. I like long walks on the beach, Norwegian aquavit, Irish wolfhounds, tough women (preferably redheads)…

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Blog Tour – Forbidden Things – Nikki McCormack #Forbidden Tour and Character Interview

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Tell Us About Yourself

Name: Indigo Milan

Age: 21

Please tell us a little about yourself. I was born to a noble family, but my social status was put in jeopardy when my father was put to death for treason and my mother killed herself. I was taken in by my uncle after that. I have strong ascard power that I partially hide because my government fears it. What I don’t hide, I use in training as a healer. I love people and long to find a place in life where I can be who I am without hiding anything and without fearing persecution.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? I believe in protecting those who cannot protect themselves and helping those in need. I would never want to hurt anyone, but I will if I have to for the protection of those I care about.

Would you die for those you love? Yes, though I’d much prefer not to. I would risk my life for them, therefore, I must be ready to die for them.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? I think my desire to protect those I care about and my intense love of learning are two of my greatest strengths. I do fear the persecution of my government and my god enough that I let it trap me in a bad situation. I think that fear is my greatest weakness and one I cannot wait to overcome.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why My relationship with Yiloch is very special to me because of the passion and the courage I found within when I dared to help him fight his war and fall in love with him. Though he can be insufferable at times, often because of his privileged upbringing and his position of authority, he is a good man who only wants what is best for his country.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I like most living things, but I’ve never had any pets. I have ridden a few horses I grew very fond of, but none that were my own.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you? I remember the day they beheaded my beloved Lyran tutor for hiding her forbidden powers. I saw it happen. She begged me to look away, but I couldn’t. That day made me fear my own powers and what might become of me if my government learned of them.

Tell Us About Your World

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Please describe (briefly) how this affects your behaviour. My culture in particular believes in one god known as The Divine who watches over us. My upbringing was light on religion, but childhood stories of The Sinner’s Hereafter where those who misbehaved were doomed to go did leave me terrified. Even as an adult, I shudder at the thought of that dark place even though I am not actively practicing the religion. Perhaps somewhat because I am not.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? I do get to travel in my adventures. I get to go across the Gilded Strait to Lyra to help fight in their internal war, then home to Caithin and back again more than once. I even get to travel down into the harsh desert of Kudan at some point where I have some amazing and disturbing experiences.

Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? Our world has a type of power called ascard. It is an energy that exists in everything and your ability to control it is determined by the strength of your connection to the ascard within your called your inner aspect. My country fears it while Lyra, the country across the Gilded Strait, uses it for all kinds of things from fighting wars to completing daily tasks. Their closest neighbours, The Kudaness, believe it is the power of the gods and that it is blasphemous for humankind to use it.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) Monarchy is the most common form of government in my world. My country, Caithin, is ruled by a king who has a council of advisors who meet regularly to discuss affairs. The council can weigh in on subjects, but the king always gets the final say.

Does your world have different races of people? If so, do they get on with one another? The primary races are my people, the Caithin, the pale-skinned Lyrans, and the dark-skinned Kudaness. My people do have a tendency to be prejudiced against the Lyrans, who some keep as slaves, and the Kudaness. The Kudaness view as all as heathens for using ascard in any way. Despite these things, we usually have relative peace between the countries, except for when we don’t.

Titles: Dissident – Exile – Apostate

Series: Forbidden Things #1-3
Author: Nikki McCormack
Publication Dates: July 9, 2015 – December 15, 2015 – April 16, 2016
Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis

BOOK 1: DISSIDENT

Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles to reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor’s oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.

BOOK 2: EXILE

Yiloch, the newly crowned Emperor of Lyra, stands accused of arranging the assassination of the Caithin royal family. Torn between love for Yiloch and her close ties with the royal family, Indigo wants nothing more than to prove the accusation false, but the evidence puts the blood of the family on his hands.

Trying to protect the Lyran prince from the swift descent of Caithin justice, Indigo exposes the workings of an enemy who is willing to kill to protect his secrets. In desperation, she unleashes magic that sends Yiloch deep into the desert of Kudan before fleeing for her life. She must find him again to save his life as well as her own.

Betrayed by ally and by love, stranded by uncontrollable magic, Yiloch struggles to make his way back to the Lyran capital before Caithin can declare war, but standing between him and his empire is a lethal new enemy, wielding magic unlike anything his people have faced before.

BOOK 3: APOSTATE

Being rejected by the man she loves hasn’t stopped Indigo from trying to save his country. Since her own country now sees her as a traitor, she must look elsewhere for help. While Yiloch rushes back to the capital to prepare his empire for battle against an enemy that appears untouchable, Indigo turns to the least likely place to build an army of her own.

The Kudaness, split apart by intertribal rivalries, are bound together in several things, not the least of which are their hatred of her people and their belief that using ascard is an affront to their gods. If she can convince them to excuse her those sins, she still faces the challenge of persuading them to go to war on behalf of their Lyran neighbors. Even if she succeeds, they must defeat a powerful army and then she will have to find a way to clear Yiloch’s name and prove to her country that she is no traitor.

And somewhere out there, Myac is still hunting them both.

Author Bio

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome horse, manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.

 
Giveaway:  There is a giveaway for this tour. One (1) $25 Amazon G.C. Ends 7/29. Open Internationally. Void where Prohibited.
 
 
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Shattered Mirror: A Poetry Collection – New Release!

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I’ve diverged a little from fantasy for my latest release. Shattered Mirror is a collection dark poems covering themes such as war, politics, nature, fantasy, and the vagaries of life.  These have been written over a good number of years and some do feature in other anthologies but, for the most part, they have not been published together before.

Poetry, I think, is one of the deepest and most personal mediums, and often shows a good deal about the writer. For me, it helps me deal with the darkness and idiocy of the world in general, a way of trying to make order of the chaos you might say. Poetry tends to be a marmite genre – either you love it or hate it. I wonder why that is. Perhaps poetry is akin to music – something which resonates in our souls (or not). The epic storytellers of old, the bards and the minstrels used it to recount the great deeds, and the soldier poets of the First World War told used it to recount the great dead.

One of the favourite books from my childhood was an old book of poetry, which my father would read to me. Kipling, Masefield, Wilfred Owen, and so many more. Inspiration from history, from soul and heart were they as I heard those words, then later, read them for myself.

Anyway I digress!  Currently the book is only on Amazon but will find it’s way to the other stores shortly.

Shattered Mirror: A Poetry Collection

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The full set! Now on Smashwords and affiliate stores!

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I’m delighted to announce that all my novels and short stories – except those published via Perseid Press, or the Indie Collaboration are all available on Smashwords and its associate stores.

Formatting is not my strong suit, and I admit for a few I gave up and paid for the formatting for SW. The ‘meatgrinder’ is, frankly, a pain in the arse to work with. Even following the guidelines carefully left we with formatting errors not in the original document unless embedded in the code and invisible to mortals like myself, who don’t speak computer. Anyway ’tis done. So now the following are available on Amazon, Smashwords, I-books, Kobo (Except Books I and II), and Barnes and Noble.

Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II

The Stolen Tower – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book III

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

Tales of Erana: The Warrior’s Curse

The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales

Outside the Walls

To save swarming the page with links I’ve simply put the links to the relevant author pages for the stores.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandra-Butcher/e/B008BQFCC6/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22A.%20L.%20Butcher%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall

I-tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/a.-l.-butcher/id1111700407?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=A.%20L.%20Butcher&fcsearchfield=Author

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ALB123

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Friday Fantasy #Character Spotlight – Gairynzvl – The Fierce One

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This is a repost of the Character Spotlight Author Roari Benjamin recently did for me on the main character of dark fey:  gairynzvl.  Posted here in its entirety for your reading pleasure.

For today’s Character Spotlight, please join me in welcoming Author Cynthia A. Morgan, here to grant us a peek at the enchanting, hauntingly beautiful world she’s created within “The Dark Fey Trilogy.”

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Cover Reveal – Good Things Anthology Tour

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Title: Good Things

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Authors: Mia Darien, A. Star, Kat Jameson, Crystal G. Smith, Christi Rigby, Dariel Raye, J. Kim McClean, Abigail Owen, Jessica Nicholls, Angela B. Chrysler

Publication Date: August 18, 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis

Good things come from unexpected places…

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

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Author Bios

  1. STAR (DIANTHA JONES)

Diantha Jones loves writing fantasy books filled with adventure, romance, and magic. She’s the author of the Oracle of Delphi series, the Mythos series, and the Djinn Order series (as A. Star). When she isn’t writing or working, she is reading or being hypnotized by Netflix. She is a serious night-owl and while everyone else is grinning in the warmth and sunlight, she’s hoping for gloominess and rain. Yeah, she’s weird like that.

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ANGELA B. CHRYSLER

Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books: the marketing promotional engine and online Encyclopedia for authors. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.

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  1. KIM MCLEAN

Kim’ love of reading came after her mother introduced her to Tolkien and the Hobbit, followed by Lord of the Rings. She also lovingly blames her mother for her love of Science Fiction and Fantasy, thanks to being raised on Star Trek. Kim has always had a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until she finished with graduate school (where she earned a Master’s of Science in Geology) that she found she could focus her imagination into creating her own characters and stories. Much of her writing has been for various play by email or forum role play universes, though Kim does hope this will be the first of many more stories she writes for publication.

When not writing, Kim can be found snowboarding, hiking, or doting on her furry beasts.

DARIEL RAYE

Dariel Raye is an award-winning author of powerful IR/MC (Interracial/Multi-cultural) paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy with alpha male heroes to die for and strong heroines with hearts worth winning. Her stories tell of shifters, vamps, angels, demons, and fey (the Vodouin variety). Dariel is currently writing three series: “Dark Sentinels” (wolf shifters), “Orlosian Warriors” (Vampire-like Nephilim), and “Gateway” (a crossover erotic paranormal suspense with romantic elements).

For more about Dariel, follow her blog or visit her website. She also publishes a new release newsletter. If you enjoyed this book, please post a review on review sites. You can also follow her and contact her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

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MIA DARIEN

Born a Connecticut Yankee in nobody’s court, Mia Darien grew up to brave snow and talk fast. She started reading when she was three and never looked back, soon frequently falling asleep with a book under her cheek. (Something she still does, though these days it?s her Nook as often as a paperback.)

At eleven, she discovered Night Mare by Piers Anthony and entered the world of grown-up fantasy fiction and it was all over from there. She started writing at fourteen, then met vampires as a teenager and the concept for what would become Adelheid was soon born. Epic fantasy remains her first love, but she enjoys writing whatever stories come to mind in any genre.

Now she loves both writing and helping her indie community with her freelancing. A geek till the end, she enjoys role-play by email games and World of Warcraft when she has the time. Married to her very own Named Man of the North, she lives with him, their mini-tank (also known as their son) and pets, who usually act more childish than the child.

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ABIGAIL OWEN

Award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

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CRYSTAL G. SMITH

Born a small town Missourian, Crystal grew up in a time where reading was used for her escape from the everyday worries of a young girl.  She then began developing ideas of how she would write a book and what she would do with her characters.  Soon, idea came to typewriter and then thankfully computers.

Her love of reading is not centered on one specific genre, but with her writing, she has a tendency to stay with the romance genre.  Whether it be modern day romance or paranormal romance, and a lot of steamy, she enjoys writing a story where characters find love in one another no matter how twisted their lives.

She has written several stories for charity to date and continues to write novellas and novels.  She is an indie author with a large imagination and even larger heart.  She is married with four children, (even though two of them have four legs).  She works full-time as a pediatric nurse and when she isn’t acting goofy with family, you can find her reading or writing.

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KAT JAMESON

Kat Jameson has been having just plain wicked thoughts for about as long as she’s been writing, so it seemed like a very natural progression that the two would end up together. She is a woman who seems perfectly average on the outside, but believes in a great capacity for the power of love and the joy of sex and thinks constraints should be put on neither so long as everyone involved is happy. So that’s what she writes about.

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CHRISTI RIGBY

Christi Rigby lives in Colorado with her husband and her two teen boys, rounding out the group is a bernese mountain dog and an old orange cat that can’t seem to sleep in the morning past the need for some kibble at 5 am, then returns to the bed after it has been vacated but the owners. She has written a number of short stories for publication and is working on her first book to be published. When she is not writing at a keyboard she is always writing in her mind, so to say writing is her real life over the job she holds would be a fair representation. An avid guide along the path to geekdom for her children and friends, she is a fan of comic books, any number of Science Fiction/Fantasy television shows and movies, computer and console gaming, and just about anything Scandinavian or British Isles in nature. One day she hopes that her choice to make writing her life will lead to a visit to the Isle of Man.

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JESSICA NICHOLLS

Jessica Nicholls is originally from Northern Illinois. She lived in the Northwest of England for just over ten years, where she studied and had her children. Jessica still lives overseas with her husband and two school age kids. Running, reading and watching films are her favourite hobbies. She loves spirits, passionate love stories, vampires, shape shifters, mythology and almost anything historical. The most important thing for her is for a story to feel real, something to genuinely escape into. Writing the type of stories she would enjoy reading is a passion.

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Giveaway:  There is a giveaway for this tour. Two (2) $25 Amazon G.C.; Five (5) $10 Amazon G.C.; Two (2) Digital Book Packs. Ends 7/19. Open Internationally. Void where Prohibited.

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Smashwords Sale – Victoria Zigler 2

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Tori Zigler has over 50 books! 50!!!!!

They are  half price in the Smashwords Sale. If you like kids books about animals, fantasy and adventure check out her mighty collection and snap up a bargain.

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz

Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off.

Home Squeak Home

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/526960

 

Isabelle’s Runaway Racehorse 

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/507356

 

Rodent Rhymes and Pussy Cat Poems

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/502320?ref=ALB123

 

Yua and the Great Wizard Hunt 

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