Growing Pains

Most of you who follow the blog know me for my rambling about the trials and tribulations of being a storyteller. Once upon a time, this place was called Sarah Does Sci-Fi, and I just talked about reading and writing science fiction and my adventures in querying my first novel.

I also do commercial writing, though. My “real job,” the one that actually pays a living wage, is in providing writing services for businesses. I write copy for newsletters, websites, promotional articles, and I’ve even written a training manual for the transportation of bulk chemicals!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working to merge my creative and business writing into one place. The blog will be largely unaffected, but you may notice some changes as I fiddle around with the site and get the flow through where I’d like it to be.

New! Services for Creative Writers

I’m also expanding my business offerings to include some services for creative writers. I now provide developmental editing and coaching services to writers. This includes helping with the outlining, structuring, drafting, revising, and editing stages of any creative writing project you are working on. You can find details on the Writing Services page. Eventually, I will be linking all of my writing craft articles here as well, rather than on the blog.

Newsletter Sign-up!

I have always wanted to start an author newsletter, but I never really knew what to write in one when it seems like eons go between my book releases (I’m working on that!). However, I’ve been doing some research, and have made some decisions about what kind of content to post where, and I have decided that I can do this newsletter thing, too!

You may notice that you receive a pop-up prompt to sign up for my newsletter when you visit the page now. If you don’t, you will soon. I’m still experimenting with these settings. When you see it, please do sign up! I will be putting out a newsletter once a month–no spam, I promise–with more personal updates, the occasional freebie, and other fun things that you won’t be able to find on the site. If the pop-up doesn’t work, you can CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP for the newsletter.

I Want to Hear From You!

Do you subscribe to many email newsletters? What kind of content do you like best? What kinds of things would you like to hear from me? I have lots of ideas, but I’d love to hear yours, too. Leave a message in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Growing Pains

  1. I don’t have a newsletter, because I consider them invasive. I signed up for a couple from very dear friends, but rarely read them when they come. I’m relatively sure I could benefit from one, but I’m loath to do it.

    1. I have put it off for a very long time! But the more I read about them the more convinced I am that it’s a good idea to at least try. It will help me separate my communications with my readers and with other writers (most of the people who follow my blog and social media). I’ll keep you posted on whether or not the experiment is a success!

      I subscribe to a few newsletters. I tend to read the ones that are brief but personal. I like to know what is going on in people’s lives, I guess, and how that affects their work. So that’s going to be my goal at first. I also plan to share some short fiction and commission some digital art for my trilogy that will be available to newsletter subscribers first. Similar to a Patreon account, I guess, which is another thing I don’t have the gumption to get off the ground 😂

  2. I’ve only ever signed up to a couple a newsletter before and then they promptly disappeared off the face of the planet. I can totally see how they could be a useful and fn tool though so I look forward to seeing what you do! It sounds like you have a real business plan going forward… I’m jealous 😂

    1. It’s only taken me a decade! Lol I had no idea what I was doing when I was writing my first book, and did very little to publicize it. So now I have to make up for lost time if there’s going to be any interest in book 2! To be honest, I’ll be relieved when I’m onto a new series and I can apply everything I’ve learned with a fresh start!

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