Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Newsletters - Do You Like Them?

Do you get any newsletters via e-mail on a regular basis? A lot of authors now send out newsletters or news bursts - including me. I do an occasional newsletter that might be a little more occasional now than in the past because I signed up for a newsletter service that makes it easier to send out a newsletter. Before it was a real hassle. Now I can put the newsletter together and do a few clicks and it flies out to hundreds of people. But I always wonder if some of them will want to get my news. Do they read it or simply hit the delete key? 

Of course anyone can unsubscribe at any time, but I have to admit that I get newsletters or ads from various places that I don't read but I don't unsubscribe either. I think maybe I'll read the next one when I have that extra hour in my day. There is so much out there on the net to read. Articles and blogs and Facebook and Twitter. It can make a person's head swim and sometimes make her feel like she's drowning in words. I want to read it all. I really do. And I very much appreciate people taking the time to read what I put out there to be read. But I know there have to be times when you need that extra hour in the day too. 


Just in case you do have that extra hour today, I'm wondering what you think about newsletters. I asked this on FB and had a couple of good answers. One wanted to know more about the writer's personal everyday life and not just have books pitched at her. Those are the ones I delete without reading too. The first time I get info on a book, that's good. I pay attention. The tenth time I get info on the same book and the same info, I'm losing patience. I also have to admit I lose patience if I get something every day or nearly every day from the same person. I admire his or her diligence, but nearly identical e-mails every day??

I'm sounding really cranky here, aren't I? I promise I'm not a cranky person. I love getting e-mails and comments from readers and friends. That never makes me lose patience. 

So if you get newsletters or if you think you might like to get newsletters from authors, what would you like to read in those letters? Of course, you're going to get info about new releases. That's why authors do newsletters although I have to admit I just put one together without mentioning any of my titles. Maybe I need to rethink that newsletter!! Do you like snippets of reviews in newsletters? Do you like pictures? I put pictures in mine - sometimes of me, sometimes of my family or dogs. Do you like the letters to be short and sweet, or long and newsy? What do you like? 

I suppose I could ask you the same about blogs. But then it could be that I can only do this sharing the news one way in a newsy letter to my reading friends. 

Thanks for reading my letter today and if you'd like to read my newsletter and you're not on my e-mail list, just go to Ann's Website and click on the newsletter link. I'll add you to my newsletter friends.  Then, every so often you'll get some news from down here on the farm and information about winning a book or two. Of course, you get that here too. A newsletter twice a week. Hope you're not losing patience - with me!! 


47 comments:

  1. Ann, I like your blog. I'm not on your newsletter list. You asked a lot of questions in this post. Here's my two cents.

    First, everybody knows authors have newsletters to promote their books. If people sign up for an author newsletter, they know what they're getting into. To make sure people READ your newsletter, you should include something for the reader. Something besides sales messages for your books or updates on your book signings.

    Maybe a quote for the day, a Shaker proverb, a Bible verse---anything to give your reader a takeaway in addition to your "remember me I have books to sell" message. Or, ask for their input on something like which characters they'd like to hear more about. Or let them suggest a historical period for the setting of your next novel.

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  2. Great input, Emily. I like the idea of telling more about some of the characters. I've considered a "News for Hollyhill" blog entry from my first inspirational series. That's supposed to be reissued eventually. Maybe I'll get the Hollyhill News of the Strange (a reference to something Wes says in the books) going then.

    Thanks for giving me your two cents. I think it probably was three or four cents worth at least. :)

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  3. hi happy birthday and no i've not won. i do like newsletters cuz they keep me updated as to what's going on. no specific topic needed.

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  4. I just received my first newsletter
    from you today. I enjoy both blogs &
    newsletters, be they short, sweet,
    newsy or long. I agree with the
    previous commenter, Emily, in her
    comment about quotes and characters.
    Have a great day!

    Pat Cochran

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  5. Hello Ann, I like your blog, lot of stuff here, I got your newsletter also about your coming up birthday and your give-a-way items, I have not won one of yours yet and would like to be in your drawing. I have emailed you before about my sister living near you, she will go home from rehab tomorrow. still lot of work needed to get better but she is healing. I read your book Angel Sister recently and loved it, so down to earth and a lot like I remember growing up there in Ky. thanks for sharing your talant and your birthday with us.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  6. I was just reading your email newsletter - Happy Birthday to You! I've got one coming up in a few weeks to (I say I'm at 39 and holding; used to be 29, but the next generation was catching up). I do like newsletters. I like them in sections, with highlighted headers. And you have such nice pictures too. It really just should exemplify you, your books, in your style. Personal & family snippets are always fun, but only what you are comfortable sharing.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  7. forgot to say I've never won before. Also, that is a gorgeous picture of the pink peony!

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  8. I am a subscriber and saw your contest :) I have never won from your blog before and would love to win any of the lovely prizes you named. I also enjoyed this post, I like your newsletters-don't think you need to change them. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

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  9. I like newsletters even though I don't always have time to read them. They let me know what's new from my favorite authors and they also tell me about contests. So thanks for keeping me up to date with your newsletter! allisonmoyer (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. you said to post that no one one i have never won any of the books and would love to read all no kidding they look great and then the cover are great
    desitheblonde@msn.com

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  11. I truly enjoy your blog because I can always relate to the subject you are writing about...I'm not a grandmother, but I had a wonderful Mamaw and many memories of our times together. I used to make pickles and can a big part of our food so that entry was especially enjoyable. And the librarian in me loves it when you write about your newest book or share some of the 'writer's block' you are experiencing.
    Happy Birthday and please keep your blog and newletter coming!

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  12. Just received first newsletter.

    Happy birthday and many happy returns.

    Have not previously won any of your books and appreciate giveaway chance.

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  13. I discovered your Shaker series by seeing it at my local Christian book store.. I bought them and after I read I donate to my church library :)
    It was very interesting to learn about the Shaker people...
    Thank you
    Lee
    ps. I have not won any of your books :)

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  14. i like some newsletters and the ones i dont, i just delete, so they are nor much of a nuisance. i sure would like to enter your contest,i've never won yet, so i might. lol beginners luck,right? lovely prize, by the way. it's not too often a christian-ready prize is offered anywhere. love,sue

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  15. Ann, you are a new author for me and can't wait to check out your books. I like the blog it is funny. I have to say I have not read too many books from this genre. I am always willing to try new subjects. I am mostly a historical romance or just romance girl.
    I love newsletter because that is how you send out news to us about your books and upcoming events. In the newsletter I like to see:
    new books and release date, upcoming appearances at book signings and author interviews on other blogs, contests and giveaways. This also helps promote you as an author and get your books out there.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

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  16. I love getting authors' newsletters. thanks

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  17. Happy Birthday!

    I get several newsletters and read them if they aren't pages and pages long. I get lots of emails from friends daily.

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  18. I read newsletters & blogs. I like to hear about the authors & I like when they invite a guest authors so I can read new recommended books. I love pictures to. I have never won a contest before & would like to be entered. Rachel C.

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  19. I get a LOT of newsletters from various authors. Some I quickly look at & delete. Others I read. Upon giving it some thought, I believe the ones I delete have nothing but blurbs about the book that's being promoted.

    If the book has an attractive cover, I'm more apt to take time to read those blurbs :)

    I enjoy a little human interest stuff like what's going on in your life.

    Of course, contests are always good :) Sometimes you could make them a little different than just going to a website & filling out a form. That gets monotonous. One of my fave author newsletters asks silly questions & then picks what she considers is the best answer. I love replying to that one.

    Well, sorry for sending a whole chapter, but you did ask :) And thank you for writing wholesome books. There just aren't enough of them out there today!!

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  20. I loved Angel Sister.
    onorman@wilkes.net

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  21. Hi Ann,

    Got your email. Happy Birthday!!!

    Any please enter me in your contest. I haven't won anything from your contest yet and hope to do so in the future.

    Thanks

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  22. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a blast!
    I don't mind newsletters, unless I haven't subscribed to them. I like to hear about what my favorite authors are up to. As someone who would love to write a novel herself, if I find that my favorite authors are also human, it makes it seem a little less daunting. Just a little :) I also don't mind you "selling" your next book. You have to pay the bills, and how else are we going to know what is coming out?
    I have never won a contest of yours, so that would be cool! In any event, have a great day.

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  23. I enjoy newsletters and blogs. The newsletter is an easy way to follow someone or something I'm interested in. I follow so many that getting a newsletter in my email is an easy way to "not forget" that person I'm following! I enjoy them and do read them. I'm a huge user of my local library and in a newsletter I often find titles I would otherwise miss!
    Please continue sending the newsletter. I do enjoy it!

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  24. Good morning folks and I'm sure some of you are watching hurricane Irene's movements especially if you live on the east coast. ............. I have a post called "Lancaster on 2 wheels" today on Amish Stories where i tour the Amish country side taking pictures and observations which I've just posted................Enjoy your weekend everyone and i hope your out of Irene's path and safe. Richard from Amish Stories.

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  25. It's been fun reading all your comments about newsletters. So far I'm thinking you think they're fun. I also appreciate all the birthday wishes. My birthday's still a couple of weeks away, but I'm already enjoying it.

    Thanks, J. and D. for those birthday wishes. And wishing some of them back to you, D., when your birthday rolls around in a few weeks.

    Pat, thanks for your input on the newsletters. And yes, Emily did have some great advice on newsletters.

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  26. Poi, I do remember you telling me about your sister. Hope she is doing much better. And thanks for reading and enjoying Angel Sister. I smile every time somebody lets me know they liked that story.

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  27. Di, sorry I misspelled your name in the earlier comment. And that is a beautiful peony - one of my very favorite flowers. That's the photo I used on my first newsletters, but changed it to books this time.

    Krystal, thanks so much for your encouraging words about my newsletter. Makes it worthwhile to send them out to hear from my reading friends.

    Allison, anybody who has a email Loopy Librarian has to be my kind of person. Glad you had time this time to read my newsletter.

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  28. Connie, it's always good to hear from you here. And we share some of the same type of KY roots, so that's why we're sometimes on the same wave length. Thanks so much for reading. And for helping others read through your library work.

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  29. Chris, I hope you give some of my books a try, because I think of myself as a historical writer. Some of my books are more romantic than others. The Shaker books take a little more ingenious planning to get that romance in there since Shakers believed in celibate living. But romance will lift its head anywhere there are men and women and love.

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  30. Liz, thanks for the birthday wishes and for reading the newsletter.

    Apple Blossom, so glad you like newsletters. I like hearing from everybody after I send them.

    Louise, that's some great input on newsletters. That's just what I was hoping to hear when I posted this about newsletters. I want to send out a newsletter people will enjoy reading.

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  31. Sue, I've got you and all the rest of my commenters entered. And who knows, that beginner's luck might just work for you.

    Ola, it's so good to hear from you hear. And thank you for letting me know you like Angel Sister. That makes me smile.

    lgm52, I love libraries too. I would have never been able to write without all the books I've borrowed from my library to help me learn about the world and writing, too. Thanks so much for reading my newsletter and hope you will enjoy some of my books.

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  32. Adrienne, glad to hear you like newsletters and thanks so much for the birthday wishes. Good luck with your own writing. It's, as you know, not easy to get a story out of your head and down on paper or computer screen, but it's something I love to do. Thanks for reading.

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  33. Newsletters - Do I like them yes! Do they frustrate me? Yes :-) That being said, it is not your fault - I love getting the newsletters and then I get excited and want to go and read - HOWEVER - I usually get the newsletters when I am at work and that stupid job just doesn't let me sit at my desk and pay me to read - Maybe some day.

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  34. Happy Birthday!! I am already on your newsletter list. I have also read "Blessed"and would recommend it along with your other ones.Although you do not need to read one in order to enjoy the others. "The Outsider","The Believer","The Seeker"and"Angel Sister". Enjoy your newsletters.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. Thanks, Belinda, for your remarks about the newsletters. I know what you mean about not getting as much reading time as you want. I'm pretty much there all the time. I'll enter you in my drawings and then maybe if you win, you'll have a change to do some reading. :)

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  36. April, thanks so much for reading my books. I'm glad you like The Blessed. Word of mouth recommendations from one reader to another are the very best an author can get.

    And thanks for reading my newsletter, too. I'll enter you in my drawings.

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  37. Gladys, that comment did finally come through. Thanks for letting me know you like newsletters - if they're not too long. I try not to get too wordy, but sometimes I do.

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  38. Kai, got you entered. And thanks so much for the birthday wishes. You're so sweet.

    Rachel, I have you entered too. So glad to hear what you like to see in newsletters and on blogs. Blog interviews are a great way to discover new writers.

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  39. Thanks for your comment, desitheblonde. I'm thinking that address name has a story behind it. I've got you entered in the giveaway. Thanks for reading my newsletter and for your comment.

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  40. I enjoy newsletters if there is something interesting in them or there is something in it for me. I can go to an author website and enter to win, I will. If the author says something that captures my interest about their own personal life, I just might read it, too. If there is a new book coming out, and there is a possibility of a book tour, I may be interested. Other than that, I am not interested.

    Just my thoughts.
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  41. I prefer newsletters to blogs. I don't have to hunt for them. A newsletter just shows up one day.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  42. Debby, you've got a point. I'm probably like that too. The newsletter come seek me out. I love reading other blogs, but I don't always remember to pull them up. Of course you can have those come to you too, by signing up with them, can't you? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  43. Ruth, you sound like someone who knows what she likes and that's a good way to be. I guess an author's challenge is to keep those newsletter's interesting.

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  44. Ann, I enjoy newsletters that are at a high level, that include links to more detailed information and reviews. That way if I am interested I can easily find out more information.

    One of my favorite authors is Jane Porter. Her blog is mixed with lots of personal, book recommedations and everyday life. When I have time I usually go out and check out what she is recommending and then her newsletters pertain more to her books and future works.

    I haven't read one of your books yet, but a profile on Writerspace ught my attention and drew me to your books. They are on my list of next purchases. :-)

    I have never posted on your blog and just received your first newsletter.

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  45. Renae, thanks for your info about what you like to see in a newsletter or on a blog. Sounds as if your favorite author knows how to please her readers.

    I hope if you get one of my books in the future, you'll enjoy the stories. Thanks for your comment.

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  46. I like newsletters from authors I really like. Authors like you, Ann. I also like following you on fb. But I do get newsletters now and then that I just ignore. Not necessarily from authors though. I'm a formerly avid cross stitcher and subscribed to lots of sites and haven't bothered to unsubscribe. Maybe hoping that my old arthritic fingers will allow me to become an "avid" cross stitcher once again! Anyway, I like most newsletters and do read them.

    By the way, I am almost finished reading The Blessed. I really don't want it to end because I love these Shaker books of yours! But I can't stop reading either. Now that I have read all of them I'm going to go and find the other books that you have written and read them too. Are there going to be more Shaker books?

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  47. Carol, your sweet comment has me smiling. I'm glad you are willing to read my newsletter and even happier that you're reading my books. Lacey was a good character to writer about and the sole reason that I wrote The Blessed. There will be at least two more Shaker books - The Gifted next summer and then a Christmas book the year after that. I haven't gotten the Christmas book written yet, but I'm looking forward to that.

    I hope you'll enjoy my other books. Most readers have jumped between my Shaker books and historical novels with ease. I'm going to be talking about Angel Sister on the radio tomorrow at 10:29 a.m.

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