MY NEWSLETTER: (You can find a newsletter sign-up on MY WEBSITE (kittythomas.com) at the bottom of the home page, the top of any other page, or as a pop-up on the home page if you have pop-ups turned on. It is set to not show up every single time you come to the home page to keep the annoyance factor down.)
This is probably the best option, though I would double up with this and Bookbub if you don’t want to follow me everywhere but want to play it safe. If you sign up for my newsletter PLEASE make sure you double-opt in. You have to confirm by clicking the link in the confirmation email or you aren’t really signed up and you won’t get emails and you won’t be able to enter newsletter exclusive contests.
If you don’t get a confirmation email within a few minutes of signing up, check your spam folder. If it went to spam there is a good chance your other emails from me could go to the spam folder, so be sure to whitelist me so you get my emails. I generally only send out newsletters during release week. So every few months you’ll get like 8 emails from me, one per day. For some people this is too much email and I understand, HOWEVER, I also hear from a lot of my readers that they love my release week emails. It’s a way to “get to know me” and interact (I reply to responses). I run newsletter exclusive giveaways (signed books usually) also that week.
BOOKBUB: Following me on Bookbub is a great option. There is no interaction BUT, you will hear from Bookbub both when I have a new release and when I have a 99 cent sale. I don’t run them super often, but it’s a great way for new people to try me, because I know $5 (USD) can be steep for those who read a lot and don’t know if I’m to their taste or not. I’m sort of a love me or hate me author and there is really just no way to predict which you’ll be unless you try me.
For those also wondering about when I do sales… I release books at full price and I generally keep them at full price 99.999% of the time. Because I release at full price and don’t want to betray the trust of my fans who are willing to pay full price, new releases don’t go on sale at all until they’ve been out at least a full year.
GOODREADS: Following me on Goodreads means you’ll see my blog posts (probably, depending on how stingy GR is with sharing them on timelines of those who follow me), but I don’t interact at Goodreads. Like at all. It’s a reader space and as an author I just don’t want to be in reader spaces. It makes me feel like I’m stalking you or being inappropriate and just… no. But I do post a general update when I have a new book release which you might see (Again, who knows… it’s a spray and pray approach). I also sometimes run giveaways on Goodreads. So depending on what you’re looking for, it can be an okay place to follow me to hear about stuff.
TWITTER: I update my twitter when I have a new release. And I am there a lot during release week. Other than that I mostly stay off Twitter. Unless I’m on a social media blackout (which I generally do when I’m actively writing a book), I will reply to @’s. I don’t follow back because that much stuff scrolling past me overwhelms me. (Plus I’m not there that much anyway.)
FACEBOOK: I update on Facebook when I have a new release but like Twitter and other places, Facebook lately is very stingy with who they show what to. If you don’t interact with me a lot on my page you are less likely to see things. I do try to boost new release posts through FB but that gets pricey and there is still no guarantee you’ll see it. I wish I could give you guarantees but… yeah. I’m pretty interactive during release week, then I drop off. Unless I’m on a total social media blackout, I will check my messenger on FB though, so it’s a good way to reach me most of the time if you want to talk to me.
AMAZON: I don’t recommend following me on Amazon. At least not as your only option. You would think following me on Amazon means that when I have a new release you will hear about it… but… probably not. Amazon is extremely arbitrary in who they give a new release alert to. And even if they DO send out a new release alert, it won’t be on release day. It’ll be like a week later. If you’re a super fan, this is not a good option for you. (If you’re a more casual fan it could be except for the fact, that often Amazon doesn’t send out an alert at all so it really isn’t a reliable method of knowing anything.)
Since I’m only super active “anywhere”, newsletter included, during release week, and I assume most people follow me because they want to know about new releases (I could be wrong about that, but it’s a logical assumption), then the net result is… you aren’t going to be bothered/annoyed all the time, no matter how many places you follow me and if you follow me everywhere, you definitely will not be confused about when I have a new book out.
I don’t do constant promo outside of release week. I may run a few Facebook ads but those aren’t normal posts. Facebook determines where those go when I pay for them. They aren’t going to all my followers unless it’s a post boost during release week to try to reach the people who already opted in to hear from me.
MY CONTACT FORM: While I am sporadically on social media and you can sometimes catch me there, the best way to get in contact with me directly is on my contact form. It goes straight to my inbox. I answer all my own email. I don’t have an assistant, and I love hearing from readers. It’s the best, most direct way to reach me, so if you need to reach me, this is the way!
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