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Time for an update

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I don’t know how many of the people that followed my blog or profiles will read this, but I feel that I should explain why I haven’t been around much since last year, as well as why I don’t think I’ll be back properly anytime soon.

I always wanted my online presence to be about promoting Indie authors rather than anything to do with myself, so I tried my best to keep my personal life and opinions separate to what I tweeted or posted about. Unfortunately, when a friend of my family died, I had too much on my plate for promoting authors to even cross my mind. When a relative had an accident soon afterwards, I rushed to be with them. I didn’t even think to mention it on twitter as I thought I’d be back soon after, but things didn’t quite work out that way.

I ended up permanently moving in with my relative to look after them. I’m happy with my life as it is, I get to see my family and old friends a lot more, and I don’t mind that I left my old life behind, but the one thing I do miss is the amazing authors I met online. We don’t have internet here, and even mobile phone signals are flaky. The closest internet cafe is several towns over which is how I can write this, but because I’ve been busy it’s been difficult to find the time to get around to doing it. I’m sorry to say it, but I can no longer be around like I used to be.

This blog never quite worked as well as I’d hoped it would, but I’m really grateful to @NehaYazmin, @DianneGreenlay, @_DakotaDouglas, @zaidamusic, @PhyllisBurton, @CatFromTheAlley, @pinevilleheist, @WodkeHawkinson, @the_weremouse, and @CynthiaKimball for taking the time to get in touch with me. It meant such a lot that authors that didn’t even know me took the time to write me a message and let me highlight their novel on my humble little blog. I’m also grateful to anyone that ever spread the word about any of the authors I mentioned. Good luck to each and every one of you!

Although I’ll still have my profiles for facebook, twitter, and G+, I won’t be able to follow back or have the chance to interact with you all as I used to. I can only apologize for that. I didn’t want to show favoritism, but I did end up buying, downloading, and reading, a lot of books from the authors I followed. I recommended several books to friends and readers who followed me, and I know some of you got positive reviews based on those recommendations. I’m only sorry I couldn’t read faster and promote more while I was around.

So, that’s it really. I wish you all good luck with your writing and careers. Be kind to one another.

Thanks for reading.

Blog update: submit your novel via contact form

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When I started this blog the only way to get in touch with me to ask for a book submission was through Twitter (via direct message) or by email. Unfortunately, Twitter DMs aren’t the greatest way to communicate, and not everyone wants to give out their email address or has the time to send one. What I need is a contact form stating exactly what I require be filled out.

I don’t know how I never realized this before, but WordPress offer that as an option! I have now added a contact form so that authors can submit their book even quicker than before to my blog. I don’t require your email address, or for you to get in touch with me before submitting your novel. I ask that you still please read my Submit Your Book page and view previous entries before sending in your submission.

Thank you to all the authors that have so far submitted their novel and to everyone that has tweeted about, linked to, Liked, or commented on, my blog. It really does mean a lot!

A lesson in humility (aka why I am grateful for my Twitter followers)

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I don’t intend to write many posts about me, but this is one time I will as I feel I learnt a valuable lesson.

When I made this blog I decided to announce it on Twitter by saying:

Sorry for the lack of RTs this weekend, but I’ve been busy. I hope I don’t regret this, but Authors that follow me:https://thenovellist.wordpress.com/submit-your-book/ … ❤

I said I hoped I wouldn’t regret this because my imagination got ahead of itself. I am certainly no Twitter superstar, but I get new followers regularly, and my little Twitter family is growing nicely. I figured all the replies I’d get regarding this blog would be keeping me busy and would eat up some of my freetime. I was wrong.

Let’s go back a bit. When I started my Twitter account last month I didn’t think anyone would pay any attention to me. All I wanted was to drum up a bit of free promotion for some indie authors, maybe make their day that some random person on Twitter was giving them a shoutout, but that’s as far as my line of thought went. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to be followed back, and then followed by people following them, and my retweets were being retweeted (which was the whole point), and people were talking to me directly like what I had to say was worth discussing.

And so I thought about my little blog idea for a while. “If the majority of authors like being retweeted, and like having more of an audience, maybe they’d like to get their name out there on a wider scale” (Twitter is huge, but Twitter, plus WordPress, plus Google Search, is bigger – and blog posts don’t easily fade into obscurity if you’re willing to keep on promoting them). I created it, sent the link to Twitter, and logged off. Hours later I came back and… nothing. My hits were growing, but they weren’t from Twitter (which is where I’ve decided to concentrate on getting my authors from, although I’ll possibly rethink this at some point).

Now that’s not to say I think I’m all that, but it did remind me that I am a very small fish in a big pond. Authors are busy people. Twitter is quick and instantly interactive and I’m asking authors to take time out from their schedule of writing, editing, and promoting to click on a link and read what I have to say, AND email me (something not everyone would be comfortable doing), AND take the chance that time spent on this could be spent on promotion that is guaranteed to work. That’s a big ask, and then there’s the thought that many have hundreds or thousands of followers so my one little tweet was likely to be lost in a crowd anyway.

Since then, the link I added was retweeted, my blog has been followed, I had my first comment, two people from WordPress liked my first blog post, and someone has privately been in touch about it. I am grateful for each and every one of you that decided it was worth the time to do that. More than that, because of the lack of interest that I thought might have been there, it also makes me appreciate the retweets, favorites, mentions, follow Fridays, and all that other lovely Twitter stuff, all the more. I was always happy to retweet the majority of my followers, I never needed any thanks or reciprocation, but I am delighted to receive it and now I value it higher than I did yesterday. I might not get much interest here, and that’s fine because it’s a small project and I’m asking a lot for no guarantee it will help the authors it’s aimed at. And if it does get interest? Well, that’s fine too because it means you rolled the dice and decided to give this a go.

Time is precious; it should be spent exactly as you wish to spend it. If you read this blog post until the end (whether you’re an author or not) I am thankful for that as that took time away from what else you have to do in your life. I’m human and got a bit carried away in my head, but it was worth it to feel humbled and to see that my followers do more than I ever originally expected; I could not ask or want for more from them. Thank you all.

Have a great day everyone. 🙂

Zana

Welcome to The Novel-List!

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Thank you for stopping by! My name is Zana and I shall be your host this evening.

I decided to create this blog after observing authors in their natural habitat. They’re interesting creatures; they appear to sleep mostly in the day, and feed and Tweet during the night (like vampires). This could possibly be an incorrect assumption due to my timezone, but I will stick with this assertion until I discover something to contradict it.

Unfortunately, also like vampires, authors need help promoting their novels – have you heard of any vampires that have written a book? I think not! – and that is where I come in. I can’t give anyone the moon on a stick (that would be impractical and quite absurd), but I can tweet… and blog.

If you are a reader of books, and particularly fond of Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords, and you’re willing to give any Indie authors that may write a guest post a chance, feel free to follow this blog and see what delights you might discover in the future. It’ll make my day!

All the best.

Zana

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