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Thursday, August 06, 2009

The last time I sent out a newsletter, Reagan was president.

Part of the problem is I changed over from a PC to a Mac and I haven't figured out how to send a newsletter on the Mac.  But the major problem is I never know what to say in those things. So today I thought I'd get your input. What do you like to see in an author newsletter? Recipes? Photos of family? Book news? My latest reading on the scales (yeah, like that's gonna happen)? My report card from third grade? What?

How often do you like to receive newsletters? Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly, Bi-Centennially? Do you look forward to them or do they annoy you when they pop up in your email?

I value your input! Anything and everything you've ever wanted to say about author newsletters? Post it right here. I'm listening. :-)

Diann

P.S. The picture is our grandson. It's so cute, I thought it might grab your attention. :-)

Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:50 AM  
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At 8:44 AM, Blogger Cathy Shouse said...

If you send a picture as cute as this, what you write in your newsletter won't matter. He's darling! :)

By the way, I liked what you said in the letter-thing that came with your book "On The Right Path."

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Barb said...

A chance to win a free book is always an exciting aspect in a newsletter.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Kristen Torres-Toro @ Write in the Way said...

Hi, Diann!

I send out snail mail newsletters pretty regularly. It's a bit different for me, because I'm a missionary as well as a writer. Maybe one day I'll get to do an author newsletter! That would be awesome!

I think it would be cool to get to know the writer a bit. Definitely book news and big events in life (like marriages, births, and other significant events). Photos are fun. It's just cool to see what a writer is thinking/experiencing while they are writing.

That's basically what I try to do with my missions letters. I let my readers know a bit about where I've just been, where I am at the moment, and where I'll be in the immediate future.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks, Cathy, glad you liked the letter. :-)

Good idea, Barb, about the free book giveaway!

Love the suggestions, Kristen! I always enjoy photos in newsletters, too. I'll try more of that. Thanks!

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

Hi Diann!!!

I would love a newsletter from you. :-)

THe newsletters that I sign up for and regret are the ones that are full of links to get to articles and require too many clicks to get navigate around.

I think once every 2 -3 months would be good. Not too often, that it becomes hard for you to fill with things you are happy with, and not so infrequently that receivers, say, "WHO???" :-)

I have not ever been on an author email list, but from reading here, some of my favorite things have been when you all share what you are reading, what situations or behind the scenes information led to plot development, etc. I also thought Colleens request for character development was a great idea and fun to contribute to. Writer tip trivia might be of interest to those interested to request your letter.

Also, I would love to hear what new projects are up and coming...it keeps me looking in the bookstores. And, it just plain makes me happy to know you have another book out! (BTW, I thought I had most everything of yours, but "On the Right Path" didn't ring a bell. DId I miss one?)

I enjoy personal information, but mostly in how it pertains to the book(s) or characters (like the pair of socks someone knitted for you, or a picture of you and your family at a research site, etc.)

Hope that something in there helps... :-)

PS: I cannot locate your newest release here in Abilene. :-( Suggestions?

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

I like to receive them quarterly. I like pictures and a little bit of what is going on in the author's life. I also like to hear what they are working on and also what they have read or are reading that they enjoy.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

WOW, great ideas, Beverly! Thanks!

As for "On the Right Path," it's a Guideposts book and the only way to get it is to order through their customer service line 1-800-431-2344. It's a title in their Home to Heather Creek series. Make sure they know you want ONLY that title (unless you'd rather get into their book club, of course).

Thanks for your support, Beverly!

Thanks for your ideas, too, Wendy!

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

I love to hear what my favorite writers are reading! Family pictures are great too. Maybe some sneak peeks at book ideas you have.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Carmen7351 said...

1First of all, monthly newsletters would be the minimum, every week would be fun.
2Pics of you and family, vacations, BABIES.
3interviews of authors, not their heroine/hero, reason for writing
4contests for free book/books
5your review of a book-I rely on reviews-what strikes you about the book
6recipes are good, especially from the South (I'm from the North)
7ministries you may be involved in
8devotionals

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Edna said...

I like to hear about your likes and dislikes also your family. I love my family and even have 3 great-granddaughters, I also love to read and if you ever have a contest to win a free book I would love to be entered.

May God bless

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Dianne,
For me - a newsletter is worthwhile when it helps me get to know the author and gives me a preview of what's coming down the pike from him/her. So..yes, recipes, lots of pictures (like the one you posted - adorable!!), activities, interests, music and/or book picks, etc. Lots of authors are doing this through full-time blogs or Facebook, etc. I'd also want to know what you're working on, be a part of the process through polls and a giveaway is always nice :) Although you write here - it's occasional, so a newsletter would be nice. I think quarterly is good. If I've signed up for the newsletter (which means I've connected with that author), then they don't annoy me.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks, everyone, for all the great comments! I'll be sure to go over them while preparing my newsletter!

 
At 12:30 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Diann,One newsletter I like is Debbie Macomber's newsletter--she puts in things to those on her mailing list like bookmarks, where to sign up for free book giveaways, knitting patterns, etc.

I think you just put yourself into your newsletters--where are you going to be signing books, what kinds of things interest you, things you do with your grandkids, or great places to visit.

Those who read your books are most likely to have things of common interest, so I'd include those things. And always your humor.

Great photo and love his ginger-peachy look!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Good point, Crystal! I love Debbie's newsletters, too! Thanks!

 

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