December Update

Hi everybody! Just in case you don’t make it to the end of the post (we all know I’m long-winded ;), I want to start off by wishing you all a very happy holiday season! Thank you so much for all the support and kindness through this past year, all the more so because I’ve been MIA for such a long stretch. Your FB comments, reviews, and emails have meant the world to me and helped keep my spirits up during a rocky time.

And that’s, sadly, what the rest of this post is about. I wish I could say the reason I’ve been so quiet is because I’m plugging away at getting this next book released (although I am definitely doing that as well!), but there’s a little more to it than that.

The short version is that I was diagnosed this fall with an autoimmune disorder. Hopefully now that I know what’s going on, I can figure out what my new “normal” is a little more easily and work with it rather than against it. Unfortunately, it’s taken a lot more time than I thought it would to get to this point, and I’m still finding my feet.

This doesn’t excuse the ghastly delay of “Where Honor Lies,” but I hope it explains it a little. The book is still coming. I honestly thought it would be out months ago.That is how much of a wrench this health stuff has been! Up until about a week ago, I was still convinced it would be ready to go by Christmas. I’ve been quiet online recently because I kept hoping the next thing I’d have to say is “it’s here!” It didn’t happen that way, and believe me, I’m disappointed too!

So, to sum all that up: I am so, so sorry it’s taking so long. As I’ve said before, I don’t let anything leave my hands until I’m absolutely satisfied it’s the best I can offer. This one isn’t quite there yet, but it will be. I will keep you updated.

Thanks again for your patience and support. Have a happy holiday full of books and an amazing New Year!

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)

Self-Publishing Formula

It is with great regret that I think we’ve decided that we’re not going to be able to afford Mark Dawson’s Advertising for Authors course this term. Wish we could, I’ve heard great things about it, but the price is just too steep at this point. Maybe next term. Ahh well…guess we’ll just have to piece it together from all his podcasts, combined with those from Johnny, Sean and Dave (the guys over at Self Publishing Podcast), and maybe throw in a little of the Smart Passive Income podcast, just to be safe.

Slowly, but surely, I’m learning how to make this thing work…maybe. #fingerscrossed

Invalid Registrations

So, thanks in large part to help from my brother and Dr. Google, we were able to identify how the invalid registrations were occurring and have probably solved the issue.  Registration is re-opened for all users, and, if anyone is using WordPress to manage their own site and needs to know how to prevent these registration issues, feel free to drop us a line at admin@ringdroppress.com.