I find taking part in group promotions useful. Some people sign up for this newsletter (and, I imagine, several other newsletters), download the free book, then immediately unsubscribe. And that’s okay. If that’s what you want to do then do it! I cannot force anyone to stay, but I do like to think that my newsletter offers exceedingly good value. Especially as it is free. I like having a community of engaged, interested readers here, friends old and new. It means a lot to me.
I try and share a variety of things each month, not just group promotions or marketing. Instead, I think of this space as a form of writer’s notebook, where you can see all the little background details which often go into the thought process of creating fiction. And, indeed, non-fiction.
Sharing group promotions is also good for others — and a continuing theme of the newsletter is how we need to support our fellows, whether in the form of shouting about books or movies, or perhaps reminding those we care about that we are here and we are thinking about them.
Kindness is a strange power — too often there are those who believe being kind is a sign of weakness, but that cannot be further from the truth. To be kind, you have to be strong. To be kind, you have to be able to shoulder and share the burdens of others, as well as your own — and you have to be able to process that. From this comes growth — by shunning kindness, by shunning people, any growth achieved is illusionary. Community is essential (now and, especially, in the coming years). I do not think it is incorrect to say it will make or break our species.
This might sound a little far-fetched, but I think it is a crucial point to share now — you are going to hear more about this as I send you letters, after all, so best let you know right now!
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