On GDPR and Trimming Down that Mailing List

On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which gives each individual (in the EU) more control of his/her data, comes into effect. Because I don’t know whether or not my subscribers are based in the EU or not, they all received an email from me requesting them to reconfirm their subscription if they want to continue receiving emails from me. I didn’t even mention anything about my books. Just the reconfirm request and that was it.

A few authors have already begun lamenting the steep downsizing of their list from over 10K, for example, to just under 1K or 2K. I actually am happy for the downsizing for it will mean that the ones who do click (all ten of them) actually want to receive my emails!

If anything, they may even know who I am and what books I’ve written.

In other news, I still have a love/hate relationship with outlining. Sure, I outlined it and it looks perfect. But execution to get it to that 60K word novel is another thing entirely. Even though I’m following the outline (all 5k words of it, word for word), I’m unable to come up with my own words, my own voice. It’s so terrible I looked at my novel this morning and didn’t recognize it was mine. Empty and without my usual Liz flair and voice. There is angst but it’s mechanical. No feeling. It feels like I’m on a big adventure but I’m not driving.

Oh well. Back to the drawing board.

 

 

4 thoughts on “On GDPR and Trimming Down that Mailing List

  1. In many respects I feel the difficulties you are going through but in my simplistic way I think you should be able to overcome them. I have never written a book—at least of fiction. The longest story I’ve ever written is likely 5000-10000 words. And that was years ago. So I have no idea what I’m talking about except that I find you inspiring. I have a faith in your abilities. I can’t figure out why you are having difficulties. But I believe you will crush them in the end.
    Enough of my rambling. Best of luck Liz!!

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    1. Thanks, Michael. I think I’m burnt out of trying to make it perfect, always going back to the first chapters to fix and fix while getting more frustrated instead of moving on and finishing the book. And then worry about fixing it then. I’ve decided to focus my attention on another book for now, just editing and cleaning it up to kinda take a step back away from it for a day or two before going back in. Maybe that’s it. I can’t see the forest for the trees kinda problem lol Plus the other book I’m editing is erotic romance, not so much angst but tons of sex so it’s more fun haha

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