Any successful author will tell you, you need an email list.
This is the best selling tool you can get. A list of people who are already interested in your work. So that’s what I tried to build. Following the advice of many, I have done everything I can to build up a list of people who might be interested in my next book.
I had a modest list of 174. Not much by any means but I was proud of it. However, I had never utilized this list before yesterday.
Not wanting to bombard people’s inbox. (I hate when people do that.) I let it sit there, just waiting for the right moment to contact everyone.
Yesterday was that day!
Eager to inform people about my upcoming release, I carefully drafted my first email to my mailing list and after ten minutes of whittling and worrying, I actually pressed send.
Then I waited, wondering what kind of result it would bring.
It’s now been twenty-four hours and amazingly 66 people have opened the email. Unfortunately, 3 have now unsubscribed from my list.
It’s rather disheartening to think that those three people didn’t like my book enough to be interested in the next one. I can’t help wondering, how many more will join their ranks. The list I was proud of is slowly decreasing in numbers.
I hear some authors say they have thousands on their lists. Making the loss of a few nothing. I wonder how they get those thousands. How they keep them interested.
I wonder if I’ll ever join their ranks.