Creating a mailing list can be a lot of work when you are also trying to write your books, get them edited, select your cover art, advertise them, and get them to distributors. By the time, you get all of your other chores done for the day, you may be tired and run down, but having a mailing list can be a time-saver in the long-run.
So, how you you start a mailing list without anyone to email? You may already have a lot of fans. You may even have dedicated readers, but it can be difficult to get people to sign-up for a mailing list even if they like your work. Therefore, I have found a way to jump start this process for free. I came across a company called Voracious Readers Only about a year ago. Now, this company does have a paid plan, but there is also a free trial available that doesn’t require you to put down any payment method. That way, you can try them out before you commit.
Voracious Readers Only allows you to go to their webpage. You fill out your name, email, book title, a link to the book you are promoting, and a description. Then, you will have the option to send the free promotional copy of your book to readers by email, send email opts ins to you, so you can give out the book, or send the readers to a landing page, where they can commit to your email list and receive a free copy of your book on their own.
This is a good way to begin building your email list and attract new readers. The free trial only allows for twenty opt ins, which is generous enough. They want to make money too. However, I have found in the past, that sometimes, they give you a little more than twenty new readers. If you are satisfied and want to continue with this company, they do have a program where you can sign-up for $20 a month to have them help you continue building your email list, and if you don’t like the work done, you can just walk away and try something difficult with no strings attached.
I had a good experience with this company, and I learned a lot about finding new readers. You don’t always think about all the readers that haven’t even heard of your books before, but this company reminds you that they are still there and they want to read your books.