What Do You Think?

Brian-Head-Shot-for-ExtremelyAvgAfter a week of making an effort to build my Twitter network, I’ve added 234 people to the list I created called Book Lovers. I’ve had about fifty of those people follow me and had nice conversations with about a dozen of them. I’ve not pushed my books, yet. My total number of followers is 2718.

My Henry Wood Detective page on FB has grown to 141 “likes”. This isn’t a huge number, but it keeps creeping up. I put up a post on the page asking if anyone else is interested in beta reading Secret Doors: The Challenge.

A friend from high school that I haven’t seen since we graduated said she would give it a read. It is nice to get another reader, but it is even better to chat with an old friend. It made my day.

I also figured out how to put a sign-up for the newsletter on the FB page. This was a bit of a triumph. I thought it would be hard, but MailChimp has an easy system to make it happen. To be honest, I didn’t even know if it was possible before today. I just thought, hey, I should see if I can put a sign up on my FB page. It would be cool.

As it is, it isn’t incredibly cool, but I’m glad it’s there nonetheless. The more I work on the newsletter, the more I am having thoughts about different ways to go with it.

This is where I’d like to get your thoughts.

What if?

What if?

  1. Is it better to have one newsletter for all my books or break it into multiple sign-up lists so that readers who are only interested in  one of the genres just get news about that?
  2. Should I also make a FB page for Secret Doors?
  3. If I did two lists, or three (one for thrillers), then should I write a short story for the YA fans, as a free give away, just like I did with Analysis of a Serial Killer?

I’ve gone back and forth on these questions for most of the day. I would love to hear your thoughts.


My 2 cents... I think one newsletter is good - plus it's easier on you.


As for Facebook, you might just want an author page, rather than series specific pages - just a thought. Again, easier to manage. I know that when I like an author I often like everything they write, not just one specific series. 


Keep up the great work - you are inspiring! 

BetsyKCross like.author.displayName 1 Like

I agree with Tom. One. It really is all about you, the author, and what you have for us, the reader / consumer. I see it as another way to get new stuff in front of our eyes. Your analytics will show you patterns that'll let you know what works and what to do next. Right? 

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 @BetsyKCross This is why I ask you folks, because sometimes it is hard to get the right perspective. You and Tom are awesome!

tomstronach242 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Only a thought, but I am assuming that you, sooner or later, would like to become a full time writer OF BOOKS? So, on that basis one newsletter would suffice I suspect otherwise you'll be too busy writing newsletters and keeping the various Facebook pages up to date to write BOOKS, Your short stories are always welcome but only of they are not distracting from your main goal and are being written towards inclusion in an anthology or to be expanded on Those are the thoughts of Mr Grumpy for what they are worth I only dip into face book to see what my very few friends and family that I follow are posting and rarely post direct to it preferring to link my twitter feed to it so that whatever I post on T appears on F.


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