Monday, October 09, 2023

Your fans await!



Even if you don’t have much to say now, it’s a good idea to start building your mailing list.

A newsletter is how I found out about blog reader KateLarkindale’s new book.


Of course I bought it!


If your book has been published recently, let us know in the comments column.


(The blog post is a bit spare this week. My computer crashed a week ago and I'm just now back on track. My takeaway from that: replace things before they break!)





Steve Forti said...

Hooray Kate!

Mister Furkles said...

We back up with Caronite. It has saved us on two system crashes. Of course, we also back up files to external flash drives so it's two level data save system.

Do not let a computer or drive failure destroy you hard work.

Kathleen Marple Kalb said...

So sorry to hear about your computer crash! My last laptop died two weeks before a pub date, so I feel your pain. Speaking of pub dates, my alter ego Nikki Knight's WRONG POISON, the first Grace the Hit Mom Mystery, came out in July from Charade Media. (I'm starting a new series at Level Best later this year...but we can talk about that later!)

MBarnard said...

My novel just published recently! A huge reason I got an agent was because of this blog and query shark! It's called Jezebel, and it came out from Penguin Books. It's a feminist retelling of the story behind the reviled queen's name.

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Kate Larkindale said...

Oh wow! Thanks so much for the shout-out, Janet! Very much appreciated.

John Davis Frain said...

Fantastic news, Kate. Love to hear it!

Not a book, but I've got a story coming out in the upcoming issue (November / December) of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine which has me plenty excited. And I, too, will pay homage to this blog and this blog CEO for helping me become a better writer to make the pages of EQMM.

In fact, thanks to everyone here for helping me hone my craft.

Beth Carpenter said...

Congratulations, Kate!

Luralee said...

Congratulations Kate!
These posts featuring reef dwellers always make me smile (except for the computer crashing but, how frustrating!!)
Mailing list. Check. Now what?

Jennifer Rueff said...

Congrats, Kate!
And thanks for the reminder to back up my laptop!
As a long-time lurker and infrequent poster, is it appropriate for me to provide Reef-dwellers with the link to sign up for my author newsletter? I'm working hard to build my platform while my true-crime memoir is out on submission. The newsletter comes out monthly at most.

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

Congratulations Kate! It sounds great, and what a good cover!

And thanks, Janet, for the opportunity to self promote!

I published my debut novel, Exit Ghost, in March of this year. The elevator pitch I've been using for it is 'modern witchy girl Hamlet at the Jersey Shore.'

In July, I published a weird west novella (in ebook only, it's very short), Between the Blood and the Sun"

and the next installation in my cyberpunk heist novella series, Run With the Hunted 6: Burned Asset, is coming on October 31!

Craig F said...

Congrats Kate, MBarnard.

Even more auspicious is that our own Madeline Mora-Summonte also has two stories in the horror anthology Shallow Waters.

So more congrats are in order.

Her Grace, Heidi, the Duchess of Kneale said...

His Grace and I have a robust home network that would be the envy of many a small and medium-sized business, including off-site backup. I honestly can't remember the last time I had a bit of hardware crash, taking all my hard work with it. (Maybe early 1990s?) Yes, I once learned the hard way. Fortunately, not all was lost, as I had printed copies and spent the next two weeks on a scanner with OCR.

As for publications... I belong to a collective of (mostly) Australian Romance Authors who regularly put out highly-successful novella anthologies. We're just finishing up the run for our third Soho Club anthology "Summer Secrets of the Soho Club", have just released the first two in Regency series, "The Regency Kidnappers Club" (sweet) and "The Regency Abductors Club" (spicy). Next year, we've got "The Regent's Menagerie", which is going to be a hoot.

But if I were to spruik just one of our projects, it would be our charity mega-anthology, "Love for Maui", where all the proceeds will go to the Hawaiian island of Maui to help recover from their devastating fires. If anyone knows what it's like to have your land burn down, it's Australia. Maui, we feel you.

Colleen said...

Congratulations, Kate!

Thanks, Janet! Over the years, your blog has been incredibly helpful.

My first two novels were released this year. The Unintended Heiress is historical fiction and the rewrite of a story I first pitched to Janet at a conference many moons ago.

Bewept, a psychological thriller, was released in July.

AJ Blythe said...

Congrats to everyone here who has something just out or coming out.

And this is a timely reminder to keep fighting the tech issue I have and get my newsletter started.

Hugs on the computer crash, Janet. I hope you didn't lose anything. We've all been there.

Lisa Bodenheim said...

Congrats to Kate! And to all the others Reefers who've pubbed! What a great pond to swim in. Thank you, Janet, for this place.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well done, everyone!

And Craig F, thank you for the shout out!

I've had three stories published in Crystal Lake's Shallow Waters horror flash fiction series, all in ebook form. To celebrate the end of the series, the publisher put together a special paperback issue of 100 of those stories, including two of mine. :)

In case anyone feels like a "micro dose of dread", a free to read story of mine - Dead Line - is up at Dread Stone Press.

BJ Muntain said...

Congrats to all!

My computer died in May... almost to the day its warranty ran out. I spent months trying to beg or borrow a computer, alternately trying to get the one working, ancient laptop I have onto the WiFi here.

Note: WiFi does not like Windows Vista.

I finally bought a refurbished computer off Amazon.

I use my tablet for nearly everything, but I volunteer to keep up my parishes website. Google Sites does not allow you to access the back ends of sites on their platform from anything but a computer.

NLiu said...

Congratulations all the people with all the books!! Wow, so many. *Ogles books*

I have taken Janet's past advice and always back up my work, even if I only wrote 100 words. Those might be the best words.

Had a backup drive die, had a laptop die, but never both at the same time (so far).

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thank you for this opportunity to self-promote and congratulations to everyone. My debut novel LET EVENING COME will launch on April 2nd! I'll have a drawing for free signed copies from my list of newsletter subscribers. Thank you, Janet, for an awesome helpful blog.