Working My Face Off

Three stories done and being reviewed, covers finished, graphics up! Emails getting ready to launch! These are the three juicy tales waiting on the launchpad: Schooled By My Stepfather, When Opposites Attract and Oui, Mademouiselle.

My shoulders are sore from way too much typing and mousing and my Photoshop skills have been kicked up a full notch (to "clunky but functional!") What's keeping me going is being super-excited about having completely exclusive never-before-published stories <BAM> hitting readers' inboxes like magic as a gift from me as soon as they sign up. 

I, personally, receive way too many emails. Really, I bought a pair of sunglasses so the store thinks I want to read a newsletter? Just because I want less UV light sizzling my poor eyeballs, that doesn't mean I want to join the Sunglass Hut family and get 10% off coupons. I think it kind of sucks that by entering your email address to buy something, because you have to, you sign on to their marketing emails in perpetuity.

So there's no way I am doing that. I am completely upfront in saying "please sign up and I will send you absolutely free stories now and free access to new stories later. Or, unsubscribe." And if you do unsubscribe, the form says "no problem," and doesn't claim I'm "sad" (hello, Hide & Drink, that's not cute.)

When it's time to do more traditional author emails I guess I will, but for now, if I don't have something that's full-out free, I'm not going to pop up in your inbox next to forwarded updates from your mom. <Enters stealth mode!>

 Promotional image for Arrow Atlas Readers, my upcoming ARC list!&nbsp;

Promotional image for Arrow Atlas Readers, my upcoming ARC list! 

Here goes...

The website move is going ahead! I transferred my domain today, which means that in less than a week I'll go live! Still on the "to do" list is my least favorite job... checking links. 

I'm detailed about creative stuff, but link checking is so important but so boring. I have to remind myself that as I'm zooming around the web, nothing as annoying as ending up on the wrong page, or going nowhere. And I don't want to cause that frustration for readers!

 It reflects mental state before and after a new story!

It reflects mental state before and after a new story!

In terms of the more fun tasks, I played and came up with a new Twitter graphic, voila! It features my latest, Stealing My Stepfather, but I can change up easily when I release new titles by running an action script on the new cover graphic. I wanted to feature new work but also put a face to the name because I am just getting started.

If I do say so myself, I think it's kind of cute (feel free to compliment me if you think it's sad that otherwise I just compliment myself! Ah, the joys of being independent AND a newbie!)  

Establishing an identity is complicated, but it's definitely worth it if I'm able to connect with more fellow writers and readers! 

New Home

So I'm considering a move from Wix to Squarespace, and if you're reading this, it's a done deal! Why? Two main reasons -- well, three, really...

  1. I googled "Arrow Atlas" and couldn't find my own dang website. How many Arrow Atlases writing fiction can there be? Certainly not many, this should not be a competitive search string.
  2. Wix is easy, but slow to use. If it's slow for me, it may well be slow for readers.
  3. I don't need that much drag-and-drop, because I actually know how to update a website from scratch, so to speak. There isn't really any point in doing it, because the content is more of the point.  

Squarespace doesn't let you import old blog entries from Wix, so that's a hit I'll have to take. But it's not like I said anything particularly fascinating over there!