Book News and Such

Looking for my 100 True Fans

The concept of 1,000 true fans was based on the theory of Wired editor, Kevin Kelly that a creator could make a descent living online with 1,000 truly invested fans, and it’s a concept that has been around for more than a decade. Today’s thinkers have revised that theory, and now it is believed that really, 100 true fans are all you need in this new “passion economy” which appears to be rising from within the new global internet communities, according to Aayushi Rachana, in her article “”100 True Fans” is All You Need in Passion Economy”, on Medium.com (March 11, 2021): https://medium.com/hapramp/all-you-need-to-know-about-100-true-fans-3fd72a35154f True fans are those who believe in you and want to support you in your creative endeavors; those fans who will buy everything that you write, just because you wrote it. And supposedly, we all have them – we just need to find them, or rather, we need to draw them to us.

That’s why I’ve decided to embark on a search for my own 100 true fans as I prepare to take my writing career to the full time level, but they aren’t going to just walk into my life and say, “Hi. I’m here to read everything you write, because I know how wonderful you are.” No, that’s not how it happens. True fans have to be earned; they have to be cultivated and grown from followers into fans, and a few will even mature into super fans, or true fans. But it doesn’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen on its own, and for me, it may be even more of a challenge as a multi-genre author who writes her heart instead of trying to write to market. So, I’ve developed a plan for drawing in followers, and hopefully, seducing them into fans, and then with luck it will turn into a long term relationship of super fans. Do I really have fans out there? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

The first step is to offer a way for my followers to become fans by learning more about me and my books through my newsletter. I haven’t been as good as I should have been about my newsletter, I admit. In fact, I let it go to the wayside for two years and only primed it with a revival issue this past month, which gave a brief overview of upcoming releases and current projects, including a reminder of the approaching deadline for the 2022 WordCrafter Short Fiction Contest (see submission guidelines here), and let my readers know that I’m still here. Newsletters also offer a way for followers to engage via email response, an opportunity for a connection to be made, which makes it more likely that they will become fans, or even superfans.

If you are reading this, then chances are good that you are at least a follower of mine. If you’d like to get to know me better or learn more about upcoming releases from myself or WordCrafter Press, you can join my newsletter and get a free digital copy of my paranormal mystery novella, Hidden Secrets, here: https://mailchi.mp/64aa2261e702/klb-wc-newsletter. Go on and subscribe. It’s free and you never know, you may even become a fan of you like what you discover in my newsletter.

Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships – Cover reveal

Above, you see the fantastic cover designed by Teagan Geneveine. I’m pleased to announce that to celebrate National Poetry Month, Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships will be scheduled for release in April. This wonderful poetry anthology features the works of guests from last year’s “Treasuring Poetry” blog series right here on Writing to be Read, hosted by Robbie Cheadle. Contributors include Arthur Rosch, Elizabeth Merry, D. Avery, M.J. Mallon, Miriam Hurdle, Colleen M. Chesebro, Lauren Scott, Harmony Kent, JulesPaige, Lynda McKinney Lambert, and Robbie Cheadle. Keep watching here, because it will be up for preorder soon.

Gilded Glass Up for Pre-order

You’ve all heard me talk about the great new anthology I am helping to put together through my publishing course at Western State Colorado University. In addition to the fabulous stories chosen from a plethora of exceptional submissions, it features stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Alan Dean Foster, Jonathan Maberry, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Michaelbrent Collings. I’m excited to tell you this amazing anthology is scheduled for release in July, but is now available for preorder and you can find it at your favorite retailer through books2read at the link below.

https://books2read.com/u/bwKZ8Y

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11 Comments on “Book News and Such”

  1. How cool is this to wake up to! Setting sights on success here.

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  2. Staci Troilo says:

    I need to be better about my newsletter, too. (And I need to find my 100 true fans. Wouldn’t it be great if a lot of us could work together on this? It’s the hardest darn part.) This was a wake-up call for me. Thanks.

    And I signed up for your newsletter!

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    • That is great Staci. Glad to have you aboard. And there is nothing stopping us from networking our newsletters in newsletter swaps to increase our reach and spreading news of releases, etc… farther. If you’re interested, let me know. We’ll see how many we can get together. I’m multi-genre, so swaps with me will not be genre specific, but I think it could work. That goes out to anyone interested in participating.

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      • Staci Troilo says:

        I’m also multi-genre. It could be to our benefit. (Of course, I’d have to write the stupid thing.) But yes, I’m absolutely interested. This might be just the thing I need to get me going again.

        I got a subscription confirmation email, but I don’t recognize the email address construction, so I think it was a no-reply MailChimp generated message. I haven’t yet received the short story, but I suspect that will be an email I can reply to. Or you can write to me to set up something (staci dot troilo at gmail dot com).

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        • The confirmation should have delivered a link for your book. MailChimp changed everything while I was gone. If you don’t see it anywhere, I can send you a copy. Thanks for letting me know so I can try to fix the problem.

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  3. Hi Kaye, this information about the fans rings very true, but it is hard work to get there like everything else in life. Thanks for sharing about Poetry Treasures 2 and I also pleased to see your other anthology is nearly ready for release. Congratulations.

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    • Thanks Robbie. It is hard work. I’m hoping my newsletter will give me a good start.

      I love to show off covers and Teagan did a wonderful job on Poetry Treasures 2. I was happy to share and should have the book available for pre-order soon. Just working out final kinks in formatting.

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  4. Baydreamer says:

    Hi Kaye,
    This a wonderful, informative post, and it’s exciting to know the release for Poetry Treasures 2 is coming soon. I’m honored to be a part of this beautiful collection. And I’m glad you showcased your upcoming anthology, too. Congratulations!
    ~Lauren

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  5. Baydreamer says:

    Just noticed the typo. It should read, This is a wonderful….
    🙂

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