Reasons and Benefits
Here are some of the main reasons why I would love you to subscribe to my weekly email.
- Book release statuses – Get updates about new book releases
- Upcoming writing projects – be the first to know of any newly written works that are in the pipeline
- Book reviews and recommendations – As an author, I do read a lot, so you will be the first to hear my suggestions of books I have recently read.
- First glimpse of promotions and FREE goodies.
- Free chapters
- Signed book giveaways
- Advance notice of when I discount prices in the bookstores.
- Beta-readers and ARC – become a beta-reader or do reviews in return for Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) – P.S it’s an easy way to get your hands on free books.
- Travel – News and trip reports as I jet about the planet.
- Photography – Share a weekly photo of wildlife, landscape, travel and street photography that I’ve taken. I will also occasionally post links articles on my Wildlife Photography page
Why email is still king
With the meteoric rise of social media, smartphone applications and mobile technology, it’s easy to believe that email is a thing of the past. In a world where we have everything at our fingertips and are concerned continuously by battery life and Wi-Fi access, marketers predicted email would simply disappear. How wrong they’ve proven to be. It’s one of the reasons I value my email list more than all the contacts on my social media sites
For an author, it’s still one of your best tools to communicate with readers. Your email list is a covenant with your fans, the one to one interaction which both parties agree to. I realised this with the release of Phoenix way back in July 2014.
While sitting in an old London pub with Andrew D Barker, author of the sublime, “The Electric”, he told me that he hadn’t realised I had launched another novel. All the Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads posts and promotions I had done, totally slipped through his feeds and streams without him even noticing. He only knew about it once he’d read my email.
Anyone using social media will have noticed changes over the past several years. Organic reach has plummeted. That kind of reach is the natural way people see and engage with what we have to share. Now, it is the algorithm that determines what you should read. Anyone who uses social media for business will now have to promote heavily to get the same reach.
I would love you to join me on the journey as I write about, and photograph, all manner of things on this planet.
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