I’ve maintained this blog for more than 10 years, but as of today I am not going to post anything new.
I started this blog as a way to write about topics that related to my memoir, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter. At that time, most everyone who knew anything about book marketing said that an author needed a blog to generate interest in a book. That may have been the case 10 years ago, but it’s less necessary now.
Facebook was a thing in 2012, as was Twitter, though both have exploded since then as millions more have joined the platforms. Instagram was founded in 2010, and likewise has grown exponentially. All of those platforms are ways that authors can stay in touch with their readers. I’m resisting TikTok! Three platforms are enough for me.
I’ve learned a lot from Allison K. Williams and Ashleigh Renard through The Writer’s Bridge, and one of my biggest takeaways is creating an email list. Email has been around a lot longer than anything else I’ve mentioned — blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — and it’s funny that now book marketers say that is the best way to stay in touch with readers.
But it makes sense. I can post something on social media but not everyone is going to see that post. Some people don’t use social media much, and in addition, algorithms dictate what you see. If I relied on only social media or blogs to reach my readers, a lot of people would miss out. So I’ve concentrated on building my email list.
If you want to get my monthly emails (which I keep short — they take only 2-3 minutes to read), you can subscribe here and choose your freebie! This is the best way to find information about my newest book, Not the Camilla We Knew: One Woman’s Path from Small-town America to the Symbionese Liberation Army, and events I’ll be doing in 2023.
For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while, I truly appreciate it! You can still find all my previous posts here. For those of you who want more information about Camilla Hall and the SLA, just type those terms into the search box. I’ve blogged a lot about her over the years.
I’m around and not hard to find! I just won’t be on this platform.