One of the great things about WordPress websites is the ability to schedule blog posts. So Happy Monday to you, but you’re probably reading this while I’m taking my wife to DisneyWorld!
Last week was “Happy New Year” time, so now we’re into good old regular blog posts. This week I want to write a little about my monthly newsletter, starting with a special thanks to all my subscribers.
There are only a limited number of benefits you can possibly get from subscribing to an author’s newsletter, but I try to deliver as many as possible. The first and most obvious is that you can get news and info from an author newsletter before anyone else, so that’s a nice benefit. As the author, I can also send out content to my subscribers that’s not available anywhere else.
That exclusivity aspect is something that appeals to me, so I’ve decided to do something that’s about the biggest thing I could deliver: a free book.
How Free Is Free?
Here’s the thing about giving away a book. Typically, there’s a catch. You have to buy something or subscribe to something, etc., etc.
This exclusive offer for my newsletter subscribers doesn’t have any more of a “catch” than that – just for subscribing to my newsletter, you will get an exclusive free download of my ebook-only short story collection, Rides From Strangers.
The book is not available anywhere else, free or otherwise. And of course, the caveat on email addresses is that I have to promise not to do anything with your email other than send you my newsletter and maybe an occasional update about upcoming events. If you’re of the mind to subscribe, download the free book, and then unsubscribe – you can do that. No harm, no foul.
Now, I worked hard on those stories, so why give the book away? My answer is simple: I don’t want to be America’s best-kept secret. I want to be your friends’ and colleagues’ new favorite author. If I can give you something great for nothing, I hope you’ll be willing to read and review my novels – all of which are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and so on. Heck, you can even order them from Wal-Mart if you want.
To find out more about Rides From Strangers, check out my fellow author Jay Lemming’s review here. Don’t forget to check out Jay’s books, as well. If you like my work, I think you’ll like Billy Maddox Takes His Shot. He’s got a new book coming out this year, too, so watch for that.
To subscribe to the email newsletter, send a request to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.