I mailed out my very first newsletter yesterday. I’m finally embracing the marketing side of indie publishing and taking the task of building my mailing list seriously. So, I’m going to repeat my newsletter here for everyone else to enjoy!
September 2019 Newsletter:
Hi all y’all!
Woo-hoo! This is my very first newsletter and you’re lucky to get it!
Now that I’m officially retired, I spending all my time like I always dreamed: writing, planning, editing, and marketing my books. It’s a full-time job keeping up with the continually innovating Indie Publishing industry, but it is so much fun to me. I’m having a ball learning about marketing and using social media, and I’m looking forward to growing my book inventory.
I had a friend recently ask me how I come up with my stories. Y’all already know that I get most of my ideas from some of the cases I dealt with when I was a practicing lawyer. But, I also get great ideas for my plots and characters from current news stories. Truth is stranger than fiction, as the saying goes. I can definitely attest to that. Now, I don’t write true crime, as in authentic facts and research about a crime, the criminal, the prosecution, and the outcome. That would be too much like the work I just retired from. My crime fiction is often inspired by real crimes, but I like to take small parts of those true crimes and weave characters and “what ifs” around them.
That’s what I’ve done in my current novel titled Dirty Daniel. I just put the finishing touches on the final edit and I hope to have it ready to launch before Halloween. I’m currently working with my cover designer to formulate an enticing cover. The gist of Dirty Daniel is a newly promoted homicide detective’s first investigation of a dead body found at the New Birth Free Pentecostal Church. Of course there’s lots of characters with real-world problems and foibles, and some shady shenanigans going on behind the detective’s back. And, while I was writing this crime novel, there was so much story to this detective’s story that I decided Dirty Daniel would be Book 1 in a three-book series. Hopefully you’ll like reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
While you wait for my next book, perhaps you’d like to check out some free books by some fellow mystery writers. They are being offered through Bookfunnel, like my prequel short story you already received for signing up to my mailing list. Now, you will be asked to sign up to these authors’ mailing list, but you’ll get their book free. At least check it out at:
Before I go, I’d like to ask you for a favor. If you have a few spare minutes, please consider leaving a review on Amazon on any of my books that you’ve read. Reviews are really the only way that I can get the attention of some of the bigger advertisers.
I want to thank all y’all for supporting me and my books. I truly appreciate it.