New Video – Breath of Life Reading

A.F. Dery has recorded herself reading the first scene from Breath of Life.  It’s over on the YouTube channel, of course, but you can watch it here!  As always, please give comments, criticisms, or congratulations whenever you feel like it!

Winter’s Fallen Reading Video

And we’ve also just released the reading of the first scene from Winter’s Fallen over on our YouTube channel.  But you can watch it here:

New Video!

So, we decided to try out something new:  video readings!  This is the first video of A.F. Dery reading from Broken Mirrors.

KEYWORD: How-to MailChimp

So, I’m setting up an automation in MailChimp, and it’s really a bit more complicated than I thought. First, you have to define a segment, then you have to design each of the e-mails in the series. Then there’s scheduling. And last, but not least, turning the darn thing on. I had thought for the past several weeks that I had an automation turned on and it was going out on a regular basis (1st weekend after subscription, one week after that, then two weeks after that). Turns out I had forgotten to turn the darn thing on. I got it now, and this weekend it should send out the first set of e-mails, but I’m worried about whether I’ve got it setup correctly.

I will say this, though, MailChimp has some pretty awesome options for automations: you can send specific e-mails to people who have opened your e-mail or those that haven’t, those that have clicked something in your e-mail or haven’t, those that are new additions, or veteran subscribers; those that have completed an automation sequence, have unsubbed, have bought something from your store, or even based on custom attributes in your e-mail database stored with them, like demographics. It’s actually pretty cool.

On a side note: which is weirder? Being on your own mailing list, or not being on your own mailing list (I ask because I always want to know exactly what the experience is for my readers / viewers / subscribers so I can understand what’s happening if something goes wrong, and – hopefully – correct it before they notice)