Mail Lists, Mail Lists, Who Wants a Mail List!?

I do, I do!

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And so do you, if you hope to succeed as a writer.  Renowned gurus Mark Dawson, Derek Murphy, and Joanna Penn (among others) tout the necessity (!) of having one.

I totally get it.  Now, if I could totally do it.  <ROTFL>

Given the weekends are the only times I can work on “technical” components, it’s been three weeks now that I’ve tried to get a mailing list organized.  Every time I follow a couple of steps, it seems there are six more to perform . . . and a-Googlin’ I go.

Eventually, it’ll happen.  It’s merely the multitude of baby steps required for yours truly to get there.  But I digress.  <still ROTFL>

Consider this my first official advice as a blogger/writer: get a mail list going!  It doesn’t matter if you have 10 or 1000 names on it.  The important thing is that you have one.  Everything else, in time, will follow.

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There’s simply too much information about mailing lists to include in a post.  To help you get started, here are three links to awesome sites that can provide essential must-knows and must-dos.
https://markjdawson.com
https://www.thecreativepenn.com
https://www.creativindie.com

 

 

Choo-Choo-Choosing

Like an old locomotive, I’m chugging along, choo-choo-choosing the direction(s) of this blog.

In truth, I have a pretty decent picture, kinda like a photo of an awesome vista . . . with a thumb or finger obscuring one small segment.  The only thing stopping me from cropping that eclipsing piece: time.

For now, here’s to chug-chug-chugging along, sharing the journey and communicating knowledge gained.

The first commitment, fellow bloggers/writers is to be consistent and post twice a week (to start).  Expect something Wednesdays and Saturdays or Sundays.

I’m gonna be like The Little Engine that Could.  Not only do “I think I can, I think I can”, I know I will, I know I will!

Choo-choo-choosing to keep the faith and stay focused, and chug-chug-chugging on this fantastic blogging journey: it’s all (amazingly) good.

Woo-Hoo-ooooooo WordPress!

Slowly but surely this blog is coming along—a little due to personal detective work (excavating through mountains of info!), a lot due to professional assistance from the wonderful folks at WordPress.

These Happiness Engineers (and, yes, they provide much happiness because they solve a myriad of issues) are helpful and committed.

Kristen S has been amazing.  Proficient and efficient, she responds to all my emails (and there are many) with utmost patience.

There’s a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I’m sure—with the assistance of my happy Happiness Engineer—I’ll become the successful blogger I dream of being.

Happy: that’s one contagious word, very much like Pharrel Williams’ song.  Hmm.  I think I’ll just clap along.

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Ode to a Gal Who Wears Many Hats

Speaking of hats, I’ve been meaning (for a rather long time now) to say hats off to you, Katrina Joyner.

What I adore about her—besides the fact she’s a kitty rescue mom—is that she always finds some time, no matter how swamped she is.

This amiable young woman is the formatter and cover designer of my Triple Threat Investigation Agency e-books.  I love her work, which goes without saying, but there’s also been a lot of good feedback from others I’m happy to state.

In demand and super busy, she’s not taking on any additional clients at this stage.  If and when she does, I’ll post accordingly.

While we’re chatting about hats, I bought a lovely little number—I digress.  <LOL>  Other hats Katrina wears: comic book creator (The Heavenly Bride), writer and poet, and founder of the Writers of the Apocalypse.

I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you visited her on Apocalypse or Amazon.  (You may even be tempted to partake of one of her well-received books.)

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www.apocalypsewriters.com

https://www.amazon.com/Katrina-Joyner/e/B007V4Z134

The Talented and Prolific Mr. Edward Teddy Payne

Hailing from Stratford Ontario, Teddy Payne has a number followers and not just on Facebook.  People adore him.  How can they not?

This British gent is quite the character (stated in a good way, my friend).  In addition to being funny, bright, and totally charming, he’s a walking compendium of history.

Memoirs, novels, short stories and poetry are some of the many things he’s penned.  Illustrations abound, too.  . . . Writing and drawing: having just one of these talents is enviable, but both?!

The list of accomplishments is lengthy, so here is a small one that might whet the appetite:

  • The Apricot Blooms in the Desert (memoir)
  • The Streets of Odeon (memoir)
  • When the Devil Drives (novel)
  • The Man who Loved Women (short stories)
  • Teddy Payne’s Stratford
  • The Swans of Stratford
  • Paraphernalia for a Saturday Afternoon

Here’s to you, Teddy.  May we enjoy many, many more years of you and your opuses.

Happy (Still Humble) Me

Here are the last details of the book tour (it’s all part of my blogging process and writing development).  I netted some awesome reviews and wanted to share . . .

The Connecticut Corpse Caper is the first book in the new Triple Threat Mystery series by Tyler Colins. It’s a good, solid start to the series.
~Valerie’s Musings

Author Tyler Colins inserts a lot of humor and more than one body into this tale, and her style of writing makes for a fast read.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The opening chapter of this book proved to be quite the hook with its description of the Moone estate, it immediately pulled me in.
~I Read What You Write

For fans of mystery dinners and black and white movies about spending nights in haunted houses, this tribute to well known detective noir is a great escape read.
~Laura’s Interests

A lack of confidence is something I’ve had more years than I care to admit, but these reviews have provided a (much-needed) boost.  Thank you.

I hope I won’t disappoint as I (and the Triple Threat Investigation Agency gals) continue on this exciting, fun-filled—and enlightening—quest.

A Heartfelt Thank-You for the Book Tour

What an amazing book tour for “The Connecticut Corpse Caper” and myself.  This, I owe to an amazing woman, blogger Lori Caswell (“Ecape with Dollycas into a Good Book”).  What she does to coordinate these tours and promote writers is unbelievable—it’s evident she puts heart and soul into every tour.

Writers like myself owe the following fantastic blogs and their dedicated bloggers a huge, heartfelt thank you!

Blogger Nicole Reviews – http://bloggernicole.com

StoreyBook Reviews – http://storeybookreviews.com

Books, Dreams, Life – http://booksdreamslife0829.blogspot.com

The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – http://mysteryshelf.com

Celtic Lady’s Reviews – https://celticladysreviews.blogspot.com

A Blue Million Books – http://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com

Valerie’s Musings- https://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Lisa K’s Book Reviews – http://lisasbookthoughts.blogspot.com

I Read What You Write – https://ireadwhatyouwrite.wordpress.com

Fantastic Feathers – http://www.fantasticfeathers.in

Laura’s Interests – http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com

Lori’s Reading Corner – http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com

Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book – http://www.escapewithdollycas.com

Cozy up with Kathy – https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com

“Cozy Up with Kathy”, A Cozy Blog

One more mystery: finding info on another blogger, namely Kathy of “Cozy Up with Kathy”.  <LOL>  Nancy Drew would not be proud.

What you’ll find on “Cozy up with Kathy” are truly cozy moments—book tours and interviews, and giveaways.

Kathy also goes by the name “Katreader” and there’s a list of her blogs with links.  A couple were ones she contributed to.  “Katreader’s Rat’s Nest” doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2016, but it’s dedicated to pets.  There are some bittersweet, touching posts.  Here’s to fellow animal lovers . . . and one kind soul who appears to give much.  Thank you Kathy-Katreader.

https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com

“Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book” and Escape to an Awesome Blog

If you’ve never visited Lori Caswell’s fabulous blog, go!  It’s colorful, appealing, and chocka-block full of mystery authors and books.

Not only does this dedicated blogger provide amazing book tours (this, I can attest to personally), she offers recommendations, giveaways, and “random thoughts”.  I don’t know how she does it, but kudos to Lori for accomplishing all that she does!  (And more kudos for having such a great family and being a fellow animal lover.)

Her bio is on the blog, but it’s inspiring and worth sharing.  In 2001, Lori was involved in a serious car accident that left her disabled and unable to drive. She did get a part-time job for a few years, but it eventually became obsolete.  Few employment opportunities seemed available.  Fortunately, a friend convinced Lori to begin a blog (and even assisted with connections).  The year 2011 saw the birth of “Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book”.  When one door closes, another truly does open.

Here’s to you Lori and all the awesome things you do for us writers.

http://www.escapewithdollycas.com

“Lori’s Reading Corner” Blog

As soon as you arrive at Lori’s blog, there’s a sense of early-morning ease.  Maybe it’s the steaming coffee cup perched on a book.  Maybe it’s the soft pastel colors.  It’s very appealing visually and “feels” cozy-comfy.

Others have good things to say (check out the “What People are Saying about LRC” page):

  • one of the warmest, clearest loveliest book blogs I’ve been to
  • one of the best sites on the web
  • concise, well-thought out reviews
  • Lori’s infectious love of books, and
  • Lori is a true professional (among other things).

My advice when you want a break: grab a cup of java and have a go at Lori’s blog.  You’ll enjoy the visit.

http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com