My server-host has taken a job at WordPress.
Which means he can’t maintain or work on private servers.
Which means my web-site has been migrated to a different server (pressable.com, for those who are curious). Pressable handles WordPress installs. It doesn’t handle forum software that isn’t a WordPress plugin.
Through no fault of anyone’s but me, I don’t think the forums actually worked; I thought I would be able to spend more time (like, say, old Livejournal time) in the forums, but in the end I couldn’t.
Which means the forums are now gone. In future, I will go back to the older model: I’ll make a post about each novel sometime after the publication day, which will be heavily SPOILER marked, for people who want to talk about the books.
In the mean time, because I’d also like to talk about writing process, and a couple of other things that are not related to actual writing or books, I’ve been thinking about the blog notification emails here.
Many authors have mailing lists. I haven’t really been one of them because I figured people could subscribe to blog posts. Since most (not all) of the posts are about the books, I reasoned that people would be okay with getting notifications of the posts that went up.
But if I start to post more, there will be more notifications, and relevant information might get buried by readers who then begin to ignore notifications because there are too many that aren’t relevant to their interests.
So, for the first time ever, I am starting a mailing list. There will be no new content on it. If you subscribe to the blog, you will get all of the content on the mailing list, but with a bit more author-related musing.
The mailing list is meant to be entirely about actionable practical information: publication dates. Sales. Covers. Preview Chapters. These will probably be much like the notifications you get from the site when a new post goes live — but without the rest of the author clutter.
Everyone who is currently signed up for blog notifications will see this, but I did not transfer the email addresses of blog subscribers, so it’s entirely opt-in.
If this appeals to you because you really only want information about, let’s face, the reason you’ve come here in the first place — the books — the mailing list signup is here, via mailchimp.