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. :-)

Guest Blog at Canadian Authors

Today, I’m visiting the joint blog of several Canadian authors, to talk about using Canadian settings in romance novels. I’ve done that twice in the past, and am going to do it again with a new series launching next year.

Come on over and say hello!

Edited to add – some people are having troubles getting a comment to stick at Romance Eh? Canadian Style (like me!) If that’s the case, leave your comment here, and I’ll count it in the giveaway. :-)

My First FB Party

Last night, Terry Spear invited me to her Scottish Historical Romance party on Facebook, to celebrate the launch of her new book, Hero of a Highland Wolf.

Wow. It was so much fun! I had a great time chatting with readers and other authors about Scottish-set historicals – and yes, about men in kilts. There were many doorprizes, too.

In fact, I gave away a signed trade paperback copy of The Renegade’s Heart, along with a Kinfairlie cross. The lucky winner is Ashley Reader Granger. Congrats, Ashley!

Do you ever attend FB events like this? If so, mark your calendar: Terry is hosting another on August 3 for paranormal romances. I’ll be there to talk about Thorolf’s book, Serpent’s Kiss, and yes, there will be another doorprize donated by me. I’ll post a reminder here on the blog on the 3rd.