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Offline Jonathan Hill
22 Sep 2016, 12:39 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Mailing lists

Dave, this is precisely why I abandoned Mailchimp before starting it!
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Thanks, Jonathan. I'm leaning away from it as we speak. I've found I can add a sign up to my website. I'm not sure it gets much traffic but its linked to my books so hopefully it'll work.
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Offline lyndawrites Reading The Twopenny-Hat Detective by Brian Sellars
22 Sep 2016, 01:18 PM | Post: #13

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David H, I think you'll find this is a requirement whichever provider you choose, because of the US CanSpam Laws. The way I got around it was fairly simple - it may not fool anyone (in the UK that is), but I'm convinced it's a legitimate method - I merely put the word Unit before my house number.
E..g. Lynda Wilcox, Unit 26, Happy Street, Anywhere.

I'd done this previously when I was selling my games books to Guide leaders. The postman still found me, though I admittedly live in a small close with only 16 houses!

In nearly 4 years with Mailchimp and over 5 as a published author, I have never had any relevant mail to my address.  And no fan has ever turned up on my doorstep, either! Sad
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22 Sep 2016, 01:25 PM | Post: #14

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(22 Sep 2016 12:35 PM)DavidHaynes Wrote: Wrote:   A PO box isn't going to be worth the cost. I could create a fictional address I suppose but that doesn't sit right. 
We could collectively buy a PO Box...
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22 Sep 2016, 01:26 PM | Post: #15

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Rosen - I hadn't seen that. Thank you.
I'm hoping to get the next Verity book out next month. I shall send the mailing to the Instafreebie list as well as my generic, and see what happens. If I get any opens and clicks from the Instafreebie sign-ups then I'll move them across to the main list.
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This post was last modified: 22 Sep 2016 01:37 PM by DavidHaynes.
I think if I could specify a time and day when fans could rock up it would be different. 

For example 'Thanks for signing up to hear about my new book. If you're thinking of coming to see me, and you look a bit like Kylie Minogue, Kate Beckinsale or Dolly Parton circa 1996 please come at xxx on xxx because my wife is out.'
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22 Sep 2016, 04:27 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Mailing lists

I use Google Groups to run my mailing list. Dead easy to set up and you don't have to give anyone your home address. (Legally I have to do this when I invoice my editing clients, but there's no way I'm making that public! I'll have people queuing outside my door in their hundreds, demanding Auto 3.)
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