Saturday, 6 April 2013

Mail lists, newsletters, RSS, email, follow - what to do?

Several months ago I congratulated myself on all the twitter followers, facebook friends, Goodreads and LibraryThing friends, Triberr tribemates, email and RSS blog followers, Google connected friends, Google Plus friends, LinkedIn folks and Pinterest followers I had (sure I missed some there). One day I would contact all these folk in the social swim of life and tell them I have a new book out or some other bit of information that might be of interest. Then I wondered how it could be done and quietly brushed the issue under the carpet.

Well, after a few very busy months with building a fledgling independent publishing imprint, Marble City Publishing, and working closely with Jim Williams, Booker nominated author of ten internationally published novels, I lifted the carpet and found the news quandary still there, unmoved. In the meantime I had read a few interesting pieces around the world about how best to communicate and decided to switch off some of the multiple registration points, concentrating on one single Ruby's News list. I offered a free ebook of choice to all subscribers and the list started to grow. Migrating friends / followers to a new list isn't easy and the level of followers' familiarity with Ruby Barnes varies from "Oh yes, I'd love to see your newsletter" to "Who are you again?"

So here's Ruby's News for those that aren't yet on the list. Click this link or below the banner to read what's going on - 5 new releases planned before summer 2013, £450 prize in a short story competition and get published in the Knife Edge anthology, plus ARCs of new releases and free ebook for new subscribers!

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