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IWSG monthly post
Like any good writer should, I also put up a newsletter of my own in the past. The idea being to connect with my readers, telling what I am up to, giving exclusive content not published elsewhere, links to my books before they are published (in return for an honest review). Boy was I excited to plan all the things I could give to my readers.
Then my studies happened. I wasn’t planning on studying any more, but suddenly it became possible to continue my five years of Egyptology studies online and get an MA. Something you must be more than aware of if you’ve been reading my blog posts.
I told myself I am nuts to do this. It wasn’t cheap (understatement of the year…), it took all my free time. Well, almost. I did my best to squeeze in some writing time as well, but could not publish any new books during those two years.
Now the dissertation is sent (and if I even hint at a possibility of continuing to PhD, please do let me know I am out of my mind), I have booked my flights and hotels for the graduation and try to figure out all the Covid-test regulations upon entering England (thank goodness Finland’s Covid-situation is not too bad). I am trying to get used to this strange thing called “free time” when I can live my life without having bad conscience about not being buried in books and staring at the computer screen without looking like a tomato vendor with samples in my head (as in red eyes, in case this odd Finnish saying didn’t ring any bells).
Aaand is this leading somewhere? Yes. It is. First I will be checking on the brave subscribers of my lately-very-boring newsletter (which has mostly been this blog). So nothing exclusive as such has been posted despite my promises, as the blog has been free to read by anyone on my website. But now I am back to the world of writing my books and connecting with my readers.
Firsti, I will ask who wants to stay on my list and read side stories (you know: spin-offs of characters that appear in my books, written into short stories of their own), snippets of works in progress, book recommendations and reviews, cover reveals, maybe even writing a story together. I’ll be telling about the research I’ve done for my books (ancient Egypt, anyone?). Talk about my writing process, share photos I have taken. Sketches I’ve made (as I am an artist as well). Audio chapters of my books. Video snippets? Who knows… I might put some of that stuff on a password-protected section of my website only my newsletter subscribers will see, if they want to.
And why would I want to do all this?
Writing is fun, a passion of mine - and a lonely job. I’d love to hear from my readers again, and perhaps these newsletters will create real discussions with my “tribe”. Which is what I would love to see developing.
If you are not yet on my email list, you can sign up using the form at the bottom of all the pages on my website, next to the book cover “Angel”. (Notice: the subscribing form for my Magical Midlife Detectives is not the same as my newsletter subscription. Once I take off the first draft chapters from my website, I send an email to those who have subscribed only to those chapters, asking if they wish to join my real mailing list.)
I may change the subscription in such a way I won’t automatically be giving all my books for free to the future subscribers - I’m planning I will be asking my email list before publishing, who wishes to read the new book in return for an honest review. Those who want to do so, will get a link to the new book. I’m just being realistic here - not everyone wants to read everything I write. And I don’t want anyone to stay on my mailing list if they are not interested in doing so. Honestly. No hard feelings if someone wishes to unsubscribe at any time.
So there. Back in business of writing both books and emails. Hope to see you on the receiving end of my newsletter.
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