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Working on updating the blog

If you visit the site directly you surely noticed that some things have changed. I spent a lot of time trying out WordPress.org only to find out that it was pretty awful and that really I enjoy using WordPress.com and I can’t think of a reason to change that right now. So you’ll still be able to subscribe to me in all the ways you already do with the added bonus that the url: http://www.wrenemerson.com will also bring you here.

One of the things I changed was to put a little bit of information about myself into the sidebar. My About page is one of my most popular pages. It is usually the 3rd or 4th most looked at page on any given day. I made it with no idea of what to write about myself. I won’t lie. I’m terrible at thinking up that sort of thing.

So here’s the deal, friends, enemies, and stalkers: I’m going to build an FAQ and possibly redo my about page, but only if I get hit with some awesome inspiration. This is your opportunity to ask me whatever you want.

There are limits, of course. I prefer to keep some things to myself like the names of my minions or my exact location. But for the most part I’m willing to answer pretty much anything you can come up with. Some ideas are questions about my writing process, my books, my road to publication so far.

This will be an ongoing project, I’m sure, and I’m planning to update it as new questions are asked, but I think this should at least give me a starting point and a reason to have an FAQ. Just leave your questions in the comments, send them to me via Twitter (@wrenem), or email them to wrenemerson(at)gmail(dot)com. I won’t release any names with the questions so go crazy.

While I’m thinking about it, I’d also like to make a blogroll on my sidebar, although it might be awhile in coming since I can’t seem to find a better way to do it than to code the html by hand. Are you blogger who’d like to be included? Just leave me your URL, blog title, and a sentence or so about your primary focus. Mine would be Wren’s Writing Nest- a blog about indie publishing from an aspiring author. Or something like that. I totally suck at writing crap like that. But you get the idea. I’ll check them out to make sure nobody’s trying to slip me some donkey porn or something and group them by categories as a resource to people who visit my blog. So please use this opportunity to shamelessly plug your blog. Undoubtedly someone is looking for a blog just like yours.

Also, just for fun, this is the collage from which I cropped the header for my blog:

full art

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How does Freshly Pressed affect sales?

Surely anybody who knows my policy on transparent numbers knew this was coming. Yesterday I was featured on WordPress.com for my post on how I outline (with pictures!) and so I thought I’d tell everyone how that went.

Before yesterday the most hits I’d ever had on my site was less than 300. Something like 285, I think. I was afraid I’d probably never top that day. Then I was “Freshly Pressed” and now the bar has been set ridiculously high. I got 3,497 views yesterday and another 1,024 this morning as of writing this post. Even cooler is that I now have over 60 subscribers (hi, new friends!). I don’t feel so much like I’m talking to myself anymore. But I’m more excited because I feel like now the authors I interview for my Monday Interview and an Excerpt feature will be able to reach a lot more people. Did you guy’s read Courtney’s interview yet? There is a lot of great information coming up in the interviews to come too.

Now for the $64,000 question: Did being featured on WordPress help my sales? Not even a little bit. I sold 1 copy yesterday and I think maybe 2 today. I did, however, get 2 separate hits from people looking for a free copy of my book. My thought is that I’ve got my first pirates. Which I find to be extremely flattering (people care enough to try to steal it? Awww.), but also annoying because seriously, you’d work that hard to find a free copy, but you aren’t willing to just pony up a buck? That $1 won’t buy you much, and if we’re being honest, it certainly won’t change my life since I’ll only see $.35 of it, but it WOULD help my Amazon ranking and give me a shot at being noticed by more people.

If you still can’t be convinced to pay for the book, then at the very least shoot me an email directly. I’ll happily give you a free copy in the hopes that you’ll repay me with a review. Obviously, I can’t force you to pay up, but breaking kneecaps isn’t my style. I have faith that given the opportunity, most people will make good on their word.  So go ahead and tell your friends; Wren Emerson gives out free copies of her book in exchange for reviews. A review is almost as good as a sale.

Questions? Comments? Thoughts about all of this? Let me know. I’d love to open a dialog about this.

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