Updates: Number-Crunching & News

I was never one of those kids good at maths, hardly surprising, perhaps. It was humanities all the way for me. English Literature and Language, History and Art. Those were the subjects that kept me coming back for more. Not that I don’t like science, mind; I follow the science columns and feeds with the hungry wonder of a specfic writer; time-travelling particles, interconnected, micro-rhizomatic plants that can communicate with each other, the 5-year mission to Mars… But; I was just never very good at the sciency-bit.

Nonetheless, since self-publishing I have discovered the glory of spreadsheets. Or the necessity of spreadsheets. On this crazy adventure I need a method to track contacts, friendly souls, reviewers, and the like. Here’s my simplified process:

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 – I like to have a preferred-name column so I can add in their personal name, “Rich” or “Alice” for example, otherwise it seems a bit rude to just have an address!

– A space for their email – even if I have already saved it into an email contact group, because we all know how easily it is for computers and mail servers to crash!

– Website address if they have one, or want to share it with me.

– Date contacted so I can tell if I’m being lax in my responses.

– The Extra columns are for whatever personal group/list I am running. If it’s a reviewer group I might have headings like “ARC Sent?” with a Yes or No in each. Or maybe if it’s a more friendly group I could put in notes like “doesn’t want PDFs!”

And that’s it! Only time will tell if it’s a system that can work in the long term, but for my small starting-out process it’s all golden.

In other news, I decided to opt for TinyLetter for my newsletter service, purely for aesthetic reasons. I know that MailChimp is much bigger, and integrates directly into WordPress – but I like TinyLetter’s philosophy of free + simple. No costs; I doubt I will get over 2000 subscribers, and I like the minimal, text-centred approach. The only bugbear that I have with TinyLetter is that is DOESN’T send out an automatic “Welcome to the List” email, from what I gather :/

(Of course, I need more than 1 subscriber – otherwise I might just go back to sending personal emails from the author! 🙂 )

Other things, in no particular order that I’ve been up to:

Trying to get my Author Central profile up and running.

Organizing the pre-order for Hand of the Storm.

Contacting other indy fantasy writers to become a part of a guest-blog-post writing effort. (If you’re interested, then I would love to hear from you).

All of that leaves not a lot of time for actual writing, which I am very sore about. I’ve left the Quartermaster Gulbrand and Captain Tremaine in dire straits while I get on with some of the backroom work!

 

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