Among the many things I have learned from trying to release indie books is that trying to have a mailing list when you use Gmail is A Very Bad Idea. Who knew that was important? Apparently it is! Really important! I tried to announce Book 2, got tossed out of my mailing list service iiiiiimmediately, and then kicked dirt for several months, feeling cruddy about it, because I had no idea what the what it’s all email isn’t it argh.
So now I have a real-enough? email through my web host, which with hopes will be sufficient to not get tossed from another mailing list provider. Fingers crossed. The form is over on the sidebar. If you’d like to hear by email when Book 3 is released, or Book 2 finally gets to print-on-demand, or whatever, sign up. I lack both the energy and the desire to send extraneous announcements and advertisements, so rest assured that it won’t result in avalanches of spam.
Meanwhile, I have rewritten the end of Act 1 of Book 3 about five times by last count. It feels like trying to stick the landing on a triple lutz, and every time it’s not quite right. …Bear in mind I have not attempted to figure skate since approx. age 9.
I think I have it now, though. I think. The few folks I’ve told about it IRL keep calling it “the pandemic book,” which I feel is vastly overselling the drama factor involved. Yeah OK there’s a pandemic, but it’s in the same manner that there’s a class uprising in book 2. Technically, wedged in among all the feels-ing.
I’m also embarking on a very overdue project of mapping out the cities of Wildern and Murio. Those two lead the pack because they’re still helpful for me in the writing process; after that I’ll make a nicer version of a Kavera / Golden Caravan map than the just-above-MSPaint version I used while writing The Healers’ Road.
I want to sincerely apologize to the folks on my mailing list. I appreciate the gesture of signing up, because it means you’d want to hear about future books — it’s really the only way anyone can let me know that they want to read future books. I wanted to let this group know before anyone else that the second book was finally out.
And, instead, for a reason that was never explained, I was banned — apparently for life — the first time I tried to use the Mailchimp service. I submitted a help request more than two weeks ago, half of my book’s lifespan, and an eternity in customer service terms.
I’m frustrated, and that’s not anyone’s fault. I do want to say that I had every intention of following through on my promise to keep people notified, and I am really upset that I couldn’t reach out to the people who actually wanted to hear from me. There aren’t many of you. I work in the word mines in near-total silence, here. And the one time I could say yay, check this out!, banhammer. So frustrating.
To get a little more inside-baseball about it, the indie world hammers nonstop on the point that You Need to Have and Grow A Mailing List OMG. It is the number-one most important thing eevveeerrrr. Brands and mailing lists are more important than books in this business. Not exaggerating.
They’re important if you can use them.
So, yeah. Sorry, everyone. I hope a few of you wander by even if I can’t send an email, and check out the book. I just can’t tell you that. Wish I could, but, well. Nnnnnope.
After the sort-of announcement, I posted July/August’s reading list, which was hellaciously long. So here’s a reminder/pop-back-up: The Healers’ Home is out, but its listing on Amazon is borked-ish, Mailchimp has banned me for some reason, etc. etc.
We’re having technical issues, is what I’m saying. So I have not sent an announcement to the mailing list or done much announcing overall. I hope to have all of these issues ironed out soon.
a) This site (you’re on it).
b) The cover for The Healers’ Road (it is gorgeous).