Then three years ago, I realized it was time to update my website. A website is a necessity in every writer's promotion arsenal, and mine—which had well served its purpose—was now a Model-T Ford among SUVs and hybrids. Since the person creating my new website was using WIX, I thought it only logical to use WIX to send out my newsletters, which they now call an email campaign.
It took quite a number of lessons to learn how to compose a WIX newsletter, and I certainly haven't taken advantage of all of the bells and whistles. Still, I now manage to put out a newsletter every 6 to 8 weeks. Much to my surprise, I've discovered this is something I enjoy.
Basically, my newsletter consists of three parts. In the first, I post a picture that reflects the season and write about what's happening in my personal and professional life.
The second is devoted to news regarding my books, book-related events and giveaways. (I did my first giveaway in the latest newsletter.) The third section I list and sometimes comment on books I've read, movies I've seen, and series and shows I've watched on TV, Netflix and Prime. Then off it goes—to subscribers as well as to my Facebook page, Pinterest board, and Twitter account.
The best part of sending out a newsletter is hearing back from readers. Many write to let me know how much they enjoy receiving it. They like hearing updates about my books and often share what they're reading and watching. WIX gives you detailed statistics of how well your campaign went, and I'm pleased by the high percentage of people who click on and open my email campaigns.
If you are an author and thinking of starting a newsletter, I say go for it! I think the secret of having one that's effective is be yourself and be willing to share your thoughts and aspects of your life with your readers. There's so much you can include in your newsletter to make it unique: photos of trips, recipes, your pet's escapades. And, of course, keeping readers up to date on your writing life.