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River of Emails

When you embark on something like author publicity, you open yourself up to floods of emails. There isn’t really any way to avoid it if you don’t want to work part time unsubscribing from mailing lists. What do you do about it?

I feel like I have a pretty good handle on it so I’ll tell you what I do.

  • I have lots of separate email addresses. This seems like it would cause more email confusion, but I use each like a seperate inbox just for one kind of communication. I have an email address for personal use that I only share with family and close friends. I have a “commercial” email address for all my web commerce not connected with my author endeavors. I have a “security” email address for account alerts. I have my author email address for just author business. And I have a private notes email address that I use exclusively to send notes via text and email to myself.
  • I make lots of folders for everything so I can find things I’m looking for right away. Each email address has its own sub-folders. The most useful is the “services” folder for all the ads everybody sends like mad. I also sometimes name it “commercial”. I usually skim those for any useful stuff and then mark it all “read”. Here is a picture of the folders I’ve created for my author email address:
  • I use Outlook’s rules to sort my mail into folders. You sort them into the folders using Outlook’s rules, found by right-clicking on the email you want to sort. Outlook can then sort all the emails in the folder and each future incoming email. (I sort emails at the inbox but I showed the picture in the “Services” folder so you can’t see all my secrets.)

Checking my email on my phone ruins my sorting, but I can fix this by opening the “Manage Rules & Alerts….” option and choosing the “run rules now” option.

What do you think? How do you sort all those emails?

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Wah Wah Wah :(

I won’t be submitting The Lustre or The Disenchanted Pet to the Amazon Breakthrough Award, because they only accept manuscripts of 50,000 words or more. Neither one has this many, so neither will qualify. Oh well! I guess this is why I self-published! Maybe next year I can finish How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians in time for the contest (and make it longer).

If you were thinking of submitting and your novel is more than 150,000 words, you’re out of luck too. What is this magical number and where did they get it? Why are books that aren’t in that window not even worth their notice? And where is the beef?

Something I am not going to cry about–the prize is a $15,000 advance and by submitting your entry you are agreeing to accept that as your payment. They will negotiate your other payments later and will not promise anything. I wasn’t too in love with that one, not because I hate the idea of $15,000 but that it seems limiting. Call it my indie ‘tude, but should we settle for that much for all the rights to our books? Because that is all they are promising, and if you submit–just submit–you aren’t allowed to benefit from your book in any way until they “release” you by disqualifying you for the next round.

I’m still bummed I can’t enter because I think it is a great opportunity, but on the bright side, I got some great ideas for “pitching” my book! They have a bunch of articles on writing your book pitch and I wrote one for TDP and The Lustre before I found the word count thing.

If any of my bloggers who ARE entering want input on their pitch, feel free to post it in comments or link to your post!

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