(This blog post was published the first time September 9, 2015 here on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’.)
When I started building my network on social media and created “Writer’s Treasure Chest” I was not prepared for this much more to come. There are many more challenges to face. One of these challenges is to create my own Author Newsletter.
I started research on writer’s newsletters.
There are as many hints, tips and tricks as newsletter owners, and I’m desperate to be as well informed as possible before giving it a try. I’d like my first newsletter to be a success, not some amateurish “good luck” try.
Tips & Tricks
One of the first blog posts about newsletters I read had been written July 5, 2013 by Steena Holmes. She provides a list of what a newsletter can be used for. Mrs. Holmes hands out warnings on what not do with newsletters. She as well dedicates an entire paragraph on and how to get people to sign up. I like her writing style very much and I recommend this blog post to every writer who’s just starting. Her entire blog post can be found here: https://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-how-and-why-of-author-newsletters/
Choose your Newsletter Provider
Steena Holmes mentioned one particular Newsletter and campaign provider: “Mail Chimp”. I did research on several providers and Mail Chimp seems user friendly and offers a variety of designs. I even found an easy to read and helpful “step-by-step” manual. It can be found here: http://www.authorsatlas.com/blog/author-newsletter-101. This valuable tool provides tricks and screen shots to guide me through the process.
Decide on a professional design
After reading these posts and articles I tried to imagine how to stay true to my brand and still deliver a professional looking and interesting newsletter for my future readers. The answer I found on wikiHow: http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Good-Newsletter. They even offer sample newsletters there which I found attractive. But the one thing impressing me most on wikiHow was their first paragraph. “Although images and layout are important, the written content is the biggest factor in whether your newsletter is successful. However, writing a newsletter requires more than just a good grasp of proper English grammar and extensive vocabulary. You need to be interesting, relevant, and easy to be read. Here are some simple steps you can take to write a good newsletter.”
The four types of Author’s Newsletters
Having a nice design in mind does not make a newsletter yet and found a blog post, written by Cheryl Reif. She offers four different Author’s Newsletters:
- Chat & Conversation
- News &Updates
- Tools & Resources
- Recycled Content
I need to decide now what type of newsletter mine should become. Cheryl Reif’s blog post can be found here http://www.cherylreif.com/2015/06/15/4-types-of-author-newsletter-how-to-pick-the-best-for-you/
What did I learn?
I will try to keep it short. I know, I provided a few links to read and all I do now is a quick bullet list:
- Keep the feature article short
- Add extra valuable information for your readers
- Tell your readers what you will write about to keep them interested
- Create a list of upcoming events (if you have any)
- Don’t play “hard to get” – give full contact information
- Combine great content with a professional looking layout
- Keep your readers entertained with providing a quote.
- Send out your electronic newsletter every 30 days
- Watch your subscriber’s list grow
- The next step for me now will be to start on my first newsletter. In case I’ve made you curious how it will turn out:
I’d be delighted to welcome you as my reader. Thank you!