I’ve noticed two things recently. One is that, as with this week, I often end up with a lot of stuff going on at once. The other is that I sometimes go a long time without releasing any new work.
That’s not to say I’m not actually producing anything. Along with my Creative Writing MA, I’m still working on Inhuman Resources and the Alterworld collection, and I’ve got a handful of less conventional projects on the go as well. The problem is that, individually, progress on those sorts of things doesn’t really warrant telling everyone about them.
I figure the best way of dealing with these two issues—nothing for ages; everything at once—is to save up news and send it out monthly. And so I’ve set up a mailling list to do just that. If you sign up, then you’ll get a summary of things that have happened each month and you can pick and choose what you want to read about in more detail. There won’t typically be any news in there that isn’t covered in various tweets and blog posts, but the newsletter will make it a lot easier to keep up with what you want and skip over what you don’t.
If you like, you can also sign up for email notifications when I release new work. This sort of thing will also appear in the main newsletter, but only once a month, so the notifications will be handy if you want to hear about new stories and whatnot as soon as they’re available.
In addition to that, I’ll be using the newsletter to push myself to finish work regularly and to reward my most dedicated followers. For that reason, each month’s newsletter will include a brand new story not available anywhere else. There may be other newsletter-only or newsletter-first goodies down the line, but at the moment this is the one I really want to do.
So to sum things up, this newsletter will be a regular, reliable way of keeping up with what I’m doing. It’ll cover everything that’s happened over the course of a month—so you won’t miss any news—but at the same time it will only be sent to you once a month, so there’ll be plenty of time between updates.
If you want to read the ins-and-outs of the newsletter and notifications, you can find those here, or if you just want to hop right in and sign right up, the form to do that is over here. Of course, if you don’t want to sign up at all, that’s fine too: I’m not going to change the way I post anywhere else.
…but you will be missing out on monthly stories, and also the sock puppet will get it.