Possible Author Newsletter

A couple of days back, a colleague dropped me an email saying that she was moving on to pastures new, and asking that I keep in touch with news about my poetry.

My colleague’s email got me thinking (not for the first time), that I should, perhaps start an occasional newsletter concerning my poetry, books I have enjoyed reading Etc.

There are a fair few friends and acquaintences who enjoy my poetry but who do not visit my blog on a regular basis. Of course I can email friends on an informal basis. However this can be time consuming and its easy to forget to send an email to John or Jill unless you have a definitive list of interested parties to hand.

Of course a newsletter would need to comply with data protection legislation (The General Data Protection Regulations, GDPR).

I would be interested in the views of my readers as regards author newsletters. Do you write or read them? Also, if you would be interested in a newsletter please let me know.

At present this is just the germ of an idea which may not come to fruition. But it is, I believe worth exploring.


10 thoughts on “Possible Author Newsletter

  1. EDC Writing/Believing Sight Unseen

    I think it’s an idea worth following up, Kevin – it’s something I’ve long thought of doing but as yet not got into the practicalities of setting up and maintaining an email list. I’m on a handful of email lists and enjoy receiving concise, lively and informative newsletters from time to time, I’d guess it’s all about balancing content and frequency to find that sweet spot that works for the recipient and you. All the best. Eric.

  2. V.M.Sang

    As authors, we are told time and time again that an email list is essential for an author. Having said that, I have a book that says just the opposite.
    I have an email list and send out a newsletter quarterly. This is not the recommended time. ‘They’ say it would be at least fortnightly, but I’ve restricted mine not only because of not wanting to harass people, but also because with my weekly blog and other marketing, not to mention writing, I don’t think I can find the time.
    ‘They’ also say that a newsletter should help readers get to know you as a person. Apparently they like to know their authors.
    Now how much of this is true, I really don’t know. I’m not convinced, personally: having said that, I would like to see a newsletter from you, Kevin.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for commenting, Vivienne. I find what you say extremely interesting. If I do start to produce a newsletter I can’t envisage it coming out any more often than once a month. I also don’t want to simply replicate material that has appeared on my blog. However linking to a few key post is, I guess acceptable. I’m delighted that you would like to see a newsletter from me. Thank you, Vivienne. Best wishes. Kevin

  3. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I subscribe to newsletters from favourite authors, and do read them. I personally don’t see the point in writing one though, since I already share everything on my blog anyhow, and there’s an option for those who want things to just come to their inbox to get my posts delivered by eMail if they want to. Still, if you did one I’d subscribe, and would read it.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for your comments, Tori. I take your point about everything being on your blog and the same thought has crossed my mind as regards my own site. I think though that I shall experiment with a newsletter and see how things go. Thanks for saying that you would subscribe to mine. Best wishes. Kevin

  4. The Story Reading Ape

    I must confess, I’m not a fan of newsletters, especially those that come out of the blue from folks I’ve never heard of, but have used Amazon (or Goodreads) book Reviewer lists.
    I prefer to follow blogs via email notifications.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for commenting Chris. I agree with you that it’s completely wrong to sign someone up to a newsletter without their express permission, plus it is in breech of the General Data Protection Regulations! I’m still mulling over the idea. Thanks again. Kevin

  5. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Sounds interesting, but my experiences with newsletters has shown me some issues with my email provider Google. Even i have a own mailserver by them, the had put most newsletters into the junk mail. Over the last two years i got the blog email notifications i had opted in only very rare. But i think its a good way staying in contact together. Dont worry about the GDPR. Most – also free newsletter providers like mailchimp – are offering all the important and law related things.Here in Germany i had to privatizise my blog, because our government was not able telling the lawyers-industry not to blame citizens. 😉 Michael

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Many thanks for commenting Michael. Newsletters going into spam can, I am sure be a problem I have to remind myself to check my spam folder in my gmail! Best wishes. Kevin


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