Entries Tagged 'Newsletters and Loops' ↓

Making Loops Less Loopy

If you’re struggling to figure out when to post your promotion to the various email loops, join KyAnn Waters‘ Yahoo Group, Promotion Loop Schedule.

According to KyAnn:

I don’t use Outlook and my yahoo loops are on an account that I only visit when I’m promoting so I needed a way to keep track of when/where/what to promote. So I started a loop to send me reminders to my personal email. here is the loop addy: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Promotion_Loop_Schedule This loop won’t generate any email except yahoo reminders that today you can post on which loops. The loops that you can post on any day are all in one listing that will go out daily. I’m sure there will be kinks in the process, but I needed something to come to my inbox that said drop a promo here.

I thought since I’m doing this for myself I might as well make the calendar available for anyone else who is going crazy with promotions and all the loops and rules.

And feel free to share the link with anyone who could use the info.

Thanks KyAnn!

Multiple Email Disorder

If you’re anything like me, you have several domain names, each with their own email address. How do you manage all that stuff, and how do you keep your identities separate?

I would suggest getting yourself a Gmail account. In my opinion, Gmail is the easiest way to manage multiple email addresses in one simple, web-based inbox.

Here’s a great post on how to get all of your emails consolidated into one Gmail inbox: Using Gmail as Your Universal Email Account

Done that? Good. Now we move on to the pretty stuff.

Unfortunately (because Gmail is awesome in so many other ways), Gmail’s default signature option is boring: plain text or plain text, you decide. So if you want your email signatures to have a little flare and you want a different signature for every address, consider installing Greasemonkey.

Greasemonkey is a Firefox add-on, so unless you’re using the Firefox web browser (why wouldn’t you be?) it won’t work. Luckily, Firefox is free. Download Firefox.

Greasemonkey is really easy to install. Just go to the Greasemonkey website and click Install Now. Told ya.

Now that you have Greasemonkey installed, you have to install the Gmail HTML signature script. That sounds all technical, but it’s not. Just go to the Gmail HTML Signatures website and click Download/Install. It does everything for you.

Now you’re ready to go. Open Gmail, and compose a new message. The dropdown menu at the top will contain all your email addresses, and you’ll notice a new link to the right that says Create Signature. Click it and a blank box will pop up. Now put whatever HTML code you want in there and voila! Pretty signatures!

It does require a little bit of HTML knowledge, but only really basic easy stuff. For a quick and dirty primer, check out the HTML Cheat Sheet.

Pretty cool, huh? So go wild with your new efficiently done email. Have fun! Email is internet word-of-mouth and it’s one of the best marketing tools you have!

Web Resources For Authors

Author Alexandra Sokoloff has put up a great article on web resources for authors. She includes links for writing communities, professional organizations, email loops, blogs, and links on how to set up your own website and blog.

Read the article!

Another Take On Newsletters

Maggie Toussaint wrote a great, simple little article on what to include in your newsletter over at The Wild Rose Press blog. Check out an excerpt:

You need to mention right up front the most important thing – whether its a new contract, a contest, a new release, or a booksigning. Make sure people know how to buy the book! You need to let everyone know where to find you – your appearances in person and online. You should have something tantalizing about the story or about how you write.

Read the article!