Today was the culmination of a few days' effort--trying to create a promotional free ebook campaign that allowed users the choice between two books. One book is spiritual and existential; the other deals with money, business and the accumulation of wealth. It was suggested that I try an email managing program called MailChimp. It is incredible for many things, one of which is educating me how little I know about the world of emails and tracking and legal requirements (anti-spam, etc). It allows me to get people to subscribe to my group--ie. give me their email--and to manage those emails for future mail shots. I value your email and I want to give something of value in return. I hope that people are able to figure out the buttons and how it all works.
For those of you who try and can't get it, please check your spam/trash folder. It is a two-step opt in system. It means I ask you for your email. Mailchimp then verifies that you aren't a robot (I like that part) and then you are sent an email to your inbox. It is up to you to then click on that email to confirm you wish to subscribe (and that someone isn't using your email address illegally). When you click on the link, you are subscribed. THEN, you get another email with the link to the free ebook downloads. It sounds more complicated than it is. We'll see!
My problem is this: when you confirm your subscription, MailChimp takes you back to my landing page--which offers you to click for a free book. You are directed to the email page and then MailChimp rejects your same email as it doesn't want duplicates in the list. Hmmm... Will people figure out that the menu bar is still working while the 'click-for-free-book' button is still there? Time will tell.
Let me know how it goes and if you get your free book (and any problems you may have had along the way).
Also, I would really appreciate it if people could provide feedback in a way that helps me most--by reviewing me on Amazon or Goodreads or any other major outlet (I tried to cut and past the links but the script is so long, it distorts this blog). I don't mind bad reviews; just make them honest and I'll learn as an author. (Although I may be crying on the inside!)