How to Have a Successful Email List Without Using a Third Party.

Over the last couple of months, I have been working hard on my email list. Everything was going well, three weeks in, my account was suspended by MailChimp. The reason was suspicious activity. Anyone who has subscribed knows that I send standard author newsletters. I emailed them back and asked for clarification. That was three weeks ago, I still haven’t got a reply. As MailChimp had been recommended to me, I was devastated. The fact that MailChimp treats its customers like this, is another matter. I understand that accounts need to be checked. Not replying, is a great example of a company getting too popular, to care about the people who put them at the top. At the time I was tempted to give up on my newsletter, but why should I let one company ruin my writing career. So I looked for alternatives. I decided to go it alone.

How To Get That Illusive Writing Routine.

Basic strategies to install a writing routine into your life. All successful writers talk about the importance of a writing routine.  Most authors have a set place to write and a set routine for writing. Whether this is a side hustle or your main job a routine is as important.  When you are juggling a family, work and writing it is hard. Every time you get there, the rest of your life will push back to interfere with it. So what will help you establish this routine:

5 Easy Ways to Plan Your Blog Posts & Novel

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin Are you a meticulous planner, or do you let your ideas and characters drive your novel? I have written posts in the past about the perfect structure for a post. Although I follow this, I don’t always plan my posts. In the beginning, I have a headline in place. Later I will refine this into a killer headline. I also have a rough idea about where the post is going and the information I want to include. For some posts, I will plan this in detail. Most, however, I let my author’s voice guide the writing.