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Can I ask a probably dumb question? Why do you need a third party for an email list? Does word press have a function to let people sign up to be emailed, preferably to check off if they want to be emailed about all your posts or just new releases? Thanks.
Good luck!
Yes! Finally!

After many emails and many phone calls, the book is now set to free across all Amazon marketplaces! And with only just over a week to go before the Bookbub!

Perseverance (and constantly complaining) does pay off.

Hopefully this thread will serve as a warning to anyone else who manages to blag themselves a Bookbub - if you're relying on Amazon to price-match your book for you before the promo, start pestering them early, just in case you find yourself in the same situation as me!
StoryOrigin and BookFunnel. And Prolific Works (I haven't personally tried this one).

Author swaps are very effective and, if you give readers some work of yours in exchange for their email, like a free ebook or short story, I think it shows genuine interest when a reader gives you their email. You're not offering them money or a gift card--I don't favor that empty method for your fanbase.

Of course ideally you get organic fans from the back of your book, like Timothy said. Those are golden. I do that too, but for me as a new writer it's just slow.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: 50+ words a matter what!
« Last post by diisha392 on July 09, 2020, 12:19:09 PM »
179. I need to focus for longer than five minutes on my current WIP.
I still think it's the backmatter sign up.

Have it in place for book 1, and it slowly builds itself as you release.

You get 100% interested in your next release readers.

All other ways get diluted by those who only want free or 99c, and those people are not going to buy your new release unless you discount to 99c, and I've never understood leaving all that money on the table for the sake of a bit higher rank.

These days you have to decide if you're running a new release announcement list, or a newsletter, and state that at signup time. Newsletter people again, are a different kind of reader.

For me, the mailing list has one goal. Maximum sales on day 1. That's all it's for. Anyone on the list who isn't going to buy on day 1 is just list fat.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on July 09, 2020, 10:45:23 AM »
You can mail order worms and throw them in your compost bins. They eat everything and poop the black compost stuff. When I am digging for edging or anything and find a worm I put it in my earth machine. I wonder if worms think of that like winning the lottery.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by idontknowyet on July 09, 2020, 09:59:39 AM »
I really want to learn about worm castings they are supposed to be insanely amazing... So far we just have a couple of compost bins.

We've decided to move all our raised beds to another spot of the yard. Going to do the ones without sweet potatoes now and move the ones with in oct before we plant our fall garden.
Subject line says it all.
Bar & Grill [Public] / Re: The Garden Thread that two people wanted
« Last post by notthatamanda on July 09, 2020, 02:32:53 AM »
Ha ha, we call it compost tea. Some people have indoor worm composting here. Most of them have a spouse who is into it and a spouse who is not.
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