Going to Audio

The Rogue by Claire Delacroix audio edition

Recently, I ventured into audio production of my books. Yesterday, I received notification that the audio edition of The Rogue is complete. I need to listen to it all – it’s 13.5 hours long – and either approve it or make notes and request changes. (Yes, I’m guessing that I’ll have a few changes to request. That’s just the way I am!)

Creating an audio book is a very interesting process. It’s wonderful to hear the book being read aloud, and I adore this narrator – she sounds exactly as I expect Ysabella to sound! – but it’s certainly time consuming. It’s also amazing to hear the craft of the narrator/actor, and how they make the individual voices in the book come alive, as well as keeping them distinct from each other and from the narrator’s voice. I’m quite fascinated with the whole thing, but am amazed by how time-consuming it is.

I’m listening to The Rogue this week, and will let you know when the book is available. Just FYI, The Beauty Bride is also in audio production right now.

Book Launch Party

Here’s an incredible thing: I have fifty (or more) books out in the world, yet I’ve never had a launch party for the release of a book. I’m not sure why that is—probably I’ve always been too busy writing the next book!—but in August, we’re going to fix that.

I’m hosting a Facebook event and book launch for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss on August 26 from 6 to 10 PM EST. I’m hoping you can join us, as I think it will be a lot of fun. Not only will The Frost Maiden’s Kiss be on sale that very day, but I’ve invited a number of author friends who also write Scottish medieval romances to join me to celebrate the publication of Malcolm and Catriona’s book. Come and talk about castles, kilts, and knights with Terry Spear, Eliza Knight, Suzan Tisdale, Kathryn Le Veque, Tanya Ann Crosby, Donna Grant, Laurin Wittig, Terri Brisbin and me. (Psst – I suspect there will be doorprizes and swag!)

The event is right here on FB, but you’ll have to log in to confirm your attendance and to attend the event itself. Hope to see you there!

All Roads Lead To Rome

This week, I took the next step in the Great Website Amalgamation. If you’ve been peeking at my purple Château Delacroix site, you may have discovered that the delacroix.net url now brings you here. The url for the Dragon Diaries (www.thedragondiaries.com) also brings you here now, as does the Claire Cross url (www.clairecross.com).

You can find information about all of my books on this single site. If you had bookmarked individual pages on any of those sites, clicking on them will bring you here and give you a 404 message. The content is all relocated to this site, but the urls will have changed. Simply use the drop down menus to find what you were looking for.

Everything about my books is now in one place, which makes me happy. :-)

Beguiled

Beguiled, a collection of short stories and novellas by Claire Delacroix and Deborah CookeBeguiled, my new collection of novellas and short stories, is available today!

Tales of fantasy, romance and forbidden love…

A collection of my own short stories and novellas, including:

An Elegy for Melusine by Claire Delacroix
Amor Vincit Omnia by Claire Delacroix
The Leaves by Deborah Cooke
The Kiss of the Snow Queen by Claire Delacroix
Coven of Mercy by Deborah Cooke
The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix

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Newsletter List Management

Oh, that sounds serious, doesn’t it? Well, I’ll try to not be boring about it all.

Once upon a time, I attended a workshop about maintaining a healthy newsletter distribution list. It was pretty interesting and the speaker made a number of good points (sorry, but I forget her name!). I came home with a fistful of notes and filed them away for One Day.

That day has arrived. My newsletter subscription rate has grown (yay!) to a very nice level, but there are people who don’t ever open a newsletter. Maybe they forgot that they subscribed, or maybe they changed their mind about reading my news.

This speaker suggested that if a subscriber doesn’t open three newsletters in a row, they should be dropped from the list. Anyone can be too busy to open one (and then forget about it) but leaving three unopened—to her thinking—means the subscriber probably isn’t interested and can’t be bothered to unsubscribe. I think she’s probably right. I do that very thing – subscribe to things, never open the newsletter but never unsubscribe either.

I didn’t think much of her advice until I recently reached the threshold that I need to pay for the distribution. Oh! The cost isn’t much and I don’t mind paying it, but it will add up if there are thousands of people who don’t even open the newsletter because they don’t want it. Paying for the distribution of newsletters that people don’t want is just dumb.

So, tomorrow, my monthly newsletter will go out and I’ll begin to divide the list into those who open the newsletter and those who don’t. (Computers make this all so very easy.) If you want to stay subscribed to my newsletter, all you have to do is open it. If you want to unsubscribe, I’ll be sorry but I understand that tastes change and emailboxes get filled to bursting. There are seldom enough hours in the day to get things done. You can always resubscribe if you change your mind. :-)