Oct 30 2017

Knocking Out Goals like Carving a Pumpkin into a Jack-O’-Lantern

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Last month I nailed a huge goal by publishing Fractions of Existence on Amazon.
(Free if you have KU.)

Shortly after, I found out my newsletter mailing list (over 6000 emails strong, thanks to this blog) was being sent to LESS THAN 1% of the people who signed up for it.

I thought it was because of the GoDaddy email account, so I created a Google business account. I then sent an email to all subscribers announcing a contest where they could win a copy of my book for a friend. (No catch, other than only subscribers can enter. No purchase required. Doesn’t sign a friend up for email lists. Easy to enter.) Considering it’s been several days and there isn’t even ONE entry, I’m pretty sure the email still isn’t reaching people.


So now I’m looking at other email newsletter services. Most expect me to pay $40 a month for a subscriber list of my size. That’s not going to happen.

Between all of this going on, the A to Z challenge site has experienced a massive issue. My fellow co-hosts and I are working to resolve this problem.

And my Snookums has been experiencing some health issues this month… and was “kind enough” to share them with me. The couple who vomits together goes to the ER together? Ah, the dark side of love that romance novels tend to overlook. Shipping a OTP who, like the men on the cursed ship in Moby Dick, suffered a severe occurrence of stomach cramps and other unpleasant digestive symptoms, but not for the same reason.

The upside of October was finding out that my entry in a writing contest made it to the top fifteen, and therefore will be published in December. Yay!

Two other short stories were on my blog. Check them out:
WEP Flash Fiction
Storytime Bloghop

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  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 years Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalfor 2017
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

2017 Goals:

survivor #atozchallenge
@JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

2017 Reading Challenge

J. has
read 0 books toward
their goal of
50 books.

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Goals for November:

  • Read and Review 2 books
  • NaNoWriMo
  • Help fix A to Z blog

Become NaNoWriMo buddies with J Lenni Dorner please

Weekly Goals:

Oct 29- Nov 4 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
Nov 5- Nov 11 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
Nov 12- Nov 18 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
Nov 19- Nov 25 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy

Review of Goals for October:

  • Create paperback version of Fraction of ExistenceTRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
  • Set up Amazon author pages in other countries. TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
  • Read and Review 6 bookshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Get bookish BINGOhalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Comment on 30 blogs TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • WEP October story! TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Get ready for NaNoWriMohalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Create another A to Z post on that bloghalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Participate in the IWSG contests. half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Figure out why/ how to fix my newsletter only going out to 5% of my 5988 subscribers. TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me) TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal

(Yikes. Only 2 in the “treat” complete category, and a bunch of 1/2 credits. Not good.)

Review of Weekly Goals:

Oct 1- Oct 7 Prepare for WEP TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Oct 8- Oct 14 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Oct 15- Oct 21 Work on IWSG storyTREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Oct 22- Oct 28 Prepare for Nano Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shortsTRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal

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@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays

NOW FILLING November 2017 SLOTS!

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  1. You’ve got a lot of goals there, and great ones! My main goal right now is to get through my studies and, somehow, get through NaNoWriMo too. Studies end on November 8th… The end can’t come soon enough!
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  2. I got this in an email. Congrats on your goal accomplishments. Thanks for tackling the A to Z issues. I actually think I have a theme for next year and can start working on it already! Looking forward to Anah’s story.
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    • JEN on October 30, 2017 at 11:22 PM

    Yes, I saw your email for this post! But I didn’t see your email to enter the contest.
    I have no idea what I’m doing for A to Z. To far away to think about. But I hope you get those issues ironed out.
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  3. I’m always in awe of your long list of goals, and good to see your focus in November in NaNo. Good luck. Sorry to hear of your various problems with mailing list and the A to Z site. Technology – huh!
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  4. I’m sorry about the ER visits. Never fun.

    How much does MailChimp charge for a list that big?
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  5. Awesome goals! Good luck with them 🙂
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  6. Ugh. That sucks about the newsletter. I hope you get it fixed because 6K people is a lot to miss!
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  7. This post is so organized. I’m really hating technical problems, especially when someone is so dumb when it comes to technical like I am. I now once again have the A to Z domain name under my name, but now I’m trying to figure out how to get it back on the blog. I guess it must take a day or so for everything to fall into place. I think I’m getting there.

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    1. https://a-to-zchallenge.blogspot.com/ works
      http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/ Fails. (That’s the one we were using.)

      So something is still wrong.
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  8. I get your weekly digest of posts by email. I think that’s by following the blog, rather than by newsletter. It’s a funny thing, really, because people say you should do a newsletter, but generally I prefer to just follow a blog. I wonder if anyone’s studied the difference?
    Jemima Pett has this post to share November already? Oh Heck!My Profile
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    1. Weekly?
      Jemima, are you sure?
      I have it set to bi-monthly.
      Unless that’s the WordPress digest which I don’t control that just sends itself by some magic. I don’t even know who is on that list, or how to find out.
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      1. Yes, it must be the WordPress Follow setup. You can find out by looking at your stats from the dashboard. somewhere near the bottom it tells you about email only followers and wordpress followers.
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        1. I think that’s likely.
          Which means some people were getting 6 or 7 notices instead of 2 a month, and I’m pretty sure that’s out of my control.
          I’m trying to figure it all out, but man, so much of the Internet requires me to have knowledge I simply never picked up and am unsure where to find yet. I’m in the middle of NaNo, so one bear at a time.
          I’m really hoping to find a good newsletter service that will integrate with my blog.
          Oh, and as a bonus, Subscribe2 separated my email list in two (the import from the old blog location, and the current WP list), and is only letting me download the CSV of the smaller list.
          And I found another plugin, but it only sends X amount of emails a day, so basically it would take 60 days to send one message to everyone.
          That was the metaphorical kick in the balls where I stopped looking last night. Head on desk, eyes closed, surrendered.
          “Email list is king, so go out and get a huge one!” Check that off the list. Now what the bloodly hell I’m supposed to DO with it, or how I’m supposed to know what to use to make it worth anything… argh.
          Thanks for putting up with my hair tearing out moments here.
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    • Juneta on November 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    I use MailerLite free up to 1000 subscribers, all automated free and less then Aweber and MailChimp when you top 1000 subscribers. https://www.mailerlite.com/

    ConvertKit is awesome but its about $29 a month but it has some the best features I have seen yet. https://convertkit.com/ I may go here when I get to a point I need more and can afford it.

    I started with MailChimp one year, went to Aweber three years, and switch to Mailerlite last year. I like all three for different reasons, price-wise Aweber is last on the list.
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    1. I have over 6000. (Not that this seems to be sending an email to ANY of them…….)
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        • Juneta on November 6, 2017 at 11:02 PM

        Mailerlite is 5001 to 10,000 $35 a month. MailChimp for 2500-2600 is $35-that number is high as shown without going thru the signup and quote. Aweber 5001-10000 $69 so yeah MailerLite is the best deal btw the three, and for growth, before the next level if you had to pay. Nice mailing list btw. Congrats.
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        1. I’m trying to find one that integrates with my blog. (Which is how I got Subscribe2.) I’m looking at Jackmail, but I’m having trouble figuring out the “credit” system and such. :/
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