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A Humongous Welcome to the Absolutely Best Reader Friends

Hi everyone! (*waving wildly from my new online front porch*) I’m laying out the welcome mat for the world’s absolutely best reader friends!

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Let me begin by saying “thank you!” for your patience with me as I continue to make the transition from the traditional book-selling model to a faith-based ministry. Most of you already know the reasoning behind that move, but in case you don’t, you’re welcome to read this post:

https://cathybryantbooks.wordpress.com/about/reason-my-books-are-free/

Honestly, this virtual move has been a lot more work than I anticipated! But I’m chugging along, knocking items off my to-do list as I have the time. So far I’ve:

  • updated the eBooks and reloaded them to retail sites at free status,
  • closed down services I had to pay for, such as my former website and email subscription service,
  • updated social media accounts to reflect the change,
  • built this new (and free!) website,
  • researched and implemented options to accept online donations,
  • created a Miller’s Creek series video to promote the books’ free status (see it below),
  • started a Thunderclap campaign for a social media blast of the books’ free status (read about it HERE — I could use your help),
  • and tried to find the best solution to connect with my sweet reader friends to keep them up-to-date on new book releases.

This last point is really the main topic of this post. While I’m hoping the solution can be found in this blog/website, I realize that may not be the best option for everyone. So in this post I’d like to discuss the options and get your valuable feedback.


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How Should I Keep Reader Friends Informed of New Books?

The Regular E-mail Option:

Though I LOVED the ease of communicating with readers through an email subscription service, the move to a faith-based ministry made it a financial impossibility.

When STILL I WILL FOLLOW came out in September 2017 (after an exceedingly long wait for all of us!), I used my regular Yahoo email account to contact readers.

The hard part about that option was copying and pasting each individual email address in batches of five to ten and leaving a time gap between each mail-out so Yahoo wouldn’t shut me down as a spammer. It took forever!

If I only had a few hundred readers that option would be a viable means of letting you know about new book releases.

But I have almost 6000 subscribers, and it literally took me MONTHS! to contact them all.

Honestly, I just don’t have the time for this option. And even if I did, I’m not convinced that is the best use of my time.

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This Website/Blog Option:

This website automatically comes with the feature of reaching readers via email subscription to my blog posts.

BUT…not all my blog posts deal with just the books.

For example, I recently started writing a TOUGH QUESTIONS blog series for the purpose of helping us all better answer the questions of those seeking to understand the Christian faith in general and the Bible in particular. (As those of you who have read CROSSROADS know, this has been the cry of my heart for some time now!)

I also write more traditional devotional posts from time to time.

So I totally get the fact that not everyone is interested in the other content on my blog that has nothing to do with the books.

Unfortunately, there is no way for me segregate readers into groups to receive only the content they would like to receive. To counteract that, I try to be pretty clear in the title to give folks an idea of what the post is about. I also do my best to create a sub-title framework within the post and use bullet points so it’s easier for readers to skim-read.

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Other Options:

There are also other options, but none of them are great or entirely reliable.

If you’re on Facebook, you can follow and like my Facebook author page. The thing that makes this option iffy is that Facebook’s algorithms won’t show all my content in the news feed. In addition, they are constantly changing their algorithms, so who knows what will happen next?

The same thing holds true for all social media outlets. The network I’m most active on other than Facebook is Twitter. To see all my updates, you would have to: a) either be on Twitter at the same time I am, checking your news feed constantly, or b) make a regular trip to my Twitter page to check in. (Doesn’t sound like a great use of your time!)

For those of you who use Amazon, you can follow me on my Amazon author page. They supposedly send out notice to followers when a new book releases. Do any of you have any experience with this?

What To Do With These Options?

Honestly, the choice is up to you.

The reason I rolled out the welcome mat here at my blog/website is because I definitely want you to feel welcome here. I pray my posts are useful and informative to all my reader friends.

Other than perhaps getting an unwanted update in your inbox, I truly believe it’s the most reliable way to get new book release info to readers.

But that being said, I understand if one of the other options works best for you. πŸ™‚ (Please feel free to either contact me privately or leave a comment below to share your feedback. I’d love your input!)

A Signed Print Copy Giveaway and A Favor To Ask

Before you go, allow me to share a couple of more quick items.

First, I have a giveaway going on for a signed print copy of CROSSROADS (book 6 in the Miller’s Creek novels) going on through January 31, 2018. Here’s a direct link to the Rafflecopter widget (secure site):

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1b8b148476/

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Secondly, I’ve started a Thunderclap campaign for the purpose of sharing the free status of the Miller’s Creek books as referenced above. For those unfamiliar with Thunderclap, it allows folks to support a campaign and will then send out a mass social media blast IF I gain enough supporters before the deadline (February 12, 2018). If you can help out, I would truly appreciate it! You can see if you’re interested and join the #MillersCreek Team here (secure site):

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/66569-the-millerscreek-team

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Thank you all so much for all you do. Your support and encouragement means so much to me. You truly are the world’s absolutely best reader friends!

Much love to you all,

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P. S. If you somehow ended up on this page and aren’t currently a subscriber (most likely via social media channels), but would like to be on my reader friends list, you can do that here:

https://cathybryantbooks.wordpress.com/blog/subscribe-for-email-updates/

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22 thoughts on “A Humongous Welcome to the Absolutely Best Reader Friends”

  1. I’m also on Facebook @ twitter Β you can message me there Β yes I have Amazon but I haven’t learned how to see the authors page yetΒ 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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  2. The Amazon author page is great. I get an email when one of the authors I subscribe to has a new book coming out. This helps me a lot as I don’t always have time to go to their website on the internet.

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  3. Hi Cathy!
    I like the blog idea. I supported you on Thunderclap too (hope I did it correctly).
    I also follow you on facebook, Goodreads and Amazon. Amazon does send out emails with new books coming out on authors I follow, which is great.

    blessings, Tina

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    1. Hi Tina! Thanks for supporting the Thunderclap. I’m sure you did it correctly! πŸ™‚ The news of book releases should definitely reach you! Hahaha! πŸ˜€ And thanks for letting us know that Amazon works for you!

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  4. Very informative, Cathy. I don’t know which way I would prefer. E-mail seems the most likely way I would see the announcements, but I understand your issues with getting that method. And I certainly understand the issues with FB. I guess your reader or street team posts are the next most likely for me to see. I am usually good with seeing what I am notified about.
    I do get notified by Amazon when authors release new books. God bless!

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    1. Thanks for your always insightful comments, Sherlee. While I truly think that email notification about blog posts makes the most sense (after all, folks can always choose not to read a blog post that doesn’t interest them), I trust that readers will make the right call for what works best for them! πŸ™‚ And honestly, after I spend months of pre-writing, writing, and re-writing a book, I’m gonna use every avenue I can to let folks know! LOL πŸ˜€

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    2. Thanks so much for your input! πŸ™‚ I don’t think the street team and reader groups are all being seen, but I could be wrong.

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  5. I like your blog. I enjoyed your post about the flood in the Tough Question series. It was very informative. I look forward to reading future posts.

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    1. So glad the post was helpful to you, Mallory. I’ve very much enjoyed the research involved in creating the post, and I learned a lot in the process! πŸ™‚ Blessings, Cathy

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    1. Glad you enjoy the books, Faith! Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m kind of partial to Miller’s Creek myself! πŸ™‚

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