I have gotten up to 40 people on my mailing list, which is a round number and Not A Bad Start. ☺️
Maybe it's weird or brand-ish to celebrate essentially marketing numbers like this? IDK. Losing my author platform really made me worried I wouldn't be able to convince a publisher I could move copies. It matters a lot to how they acquire a book— what your advance is, how they place it on their list (and thus your access to their sales and marketing channels which you can't get by other means). That kind of thing.
So these numbers end up being important in terms of how hard I can push when it comes time to make the book sale.
It feels weird to say so, but I have a non-zero chance at the big leagues. Based on feedback I'm getting, this book could be a heavy hitter. It really could.
It's weird talking about my life when a lot of what preoccupies me right now is building a marketing platform that can't be taken away and also waiting to get edits back from my agent.
(Note that the second is geared toward funneling you into a class, but knowing that is part of a strategy is also Useful Info)
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