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12 Things You Can Do To Build Your Writing Career While Stuck At Home

Here are 12 ideas to help you put your time to good use while stuck at home to build your writing career and add variety to your scheduled writing time.

How to build your email list: email marketing tips for authors

How to build your email list as an authorMarketing for authors: are you worrying about all the wrong things?

When you take control of your own writing career, there's a lot to keep track of: the writing itself, book design, publishing, accounting, social media, maintaining a website, book tours, PR campaigns, blogging, and so much more. With all that responsibility, it's easy to lose track of what's important. If you stress about each task equally, you'll end up doing none of them well. To help clarify your vision, here's a little reminder:

Your #1 marketing goal as an indie author should be to build your email list

Why? Because countless studies have shown that a subscriber on your email list is FAR more likely to take a requested action than one of your social media followers. In other words, when you announce a limited-time sale on your newest book, you're going to get the best results (at least in terms of percentages) from your email newsletter. This is increasingly the case as social platforms like Facebook make it more difficult to reach your followers without paid advertising or promotion.

Email Marketing for Authors

Email Marketing for AuthorsWhen it comes to building your author platform, social media hogs all the headlines these days, but — believe it or not — email is still the most effective way to communicate with your readers. 

Email marketing tips: how to build an author platform with your email newsletter

You're far more likely to see results from a well-written email newsletter than from a series of tweets or Facebook posts. As an author, email marketing is the best way to get your fans to purchase a book, leave an Amazon review, or take some other specific action. So how do you become a smarter email marketer?  Our friends at the HostBaby Blog have got the answers! I've compiled 6 recent articles about email marketing to help you drive more traffic to your website, increase book sales, and boost your readership

Authors, Are You Making THIS Mistake With Your Email Newsletter?

See how I did that? I asked you a question you couldn't answer without reading more than just the headline! (And I assume it worked to grab your attention if you're still reading now.) Many authors are trying to engage their audience by asking questions—and that's a good thing—but they're asking the wrong kinds of questions, things like "Do you want to buy my latest book for half-price?" or "Who is your favorite fictional character?" According to marketing guru Bob Baker, you can "hypnotize" people into reading your email newsletters by doing one simple thing with the email subject lines (and look—it works for blog titles as well): ask a question that can't be answered without clicking to read more.  So, instead of "Would you like to read my newest love poem?"— try something like: "Which one of these three beautiful women inspired my latest love poem?" A question like that creates a "mental state of dissonance" which we want to quickly resolve.

77% of Your Fans Want You to Communicate with Them Through Email

Well actually, you should be communicating with your readers in many ways-- books, social media, blog posts, etc. But according to a recent study conducted by ExactTarget, when it comes to your marketing messages ("buy my new book," "sign up for my weekend writing seminar," etc.), your fans are most receptive to when they receive a good old-fashioned email. 

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