You may have noticed that the last time you loaded ErinBartels.com (which might have been just seconds ago) that I now have a way for you to subscribe to a monthly email newsletter. If you already signed up, thank you! If not, that’s okay too. (If you change your mind, you can just click here to sign up.)
Either way, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you may be thinking, Since when does Erin have a monthly newsletter? And the answer is, since next month.
Starting in April, I’ll be putting together a once-a-month, subscriber-only newsletter that will be delivered right to your email inbox. Why subscribe when you already read the blog? So glad you asked. Here are a few things subscribers will get that the casual blog reader will not:
- Be the first to hear about new projects, publishing contracts, and book release dates
- See book cover designs before anyone else
- Enter subscriber-only giveaways and contests (like a chance to name a character!)
- See where I will be speaking in upcoming months
- Get links to articles that have caught my eye recently
- And more!
I value your time and your trust, so I promise never to bombard your inbox with emails or share your email address with anyone else.
I was trolling around WordPress looking for a new theme for the Capital City Writers Association when I stumbled upon one I thought might work. I only meant to see what it might look like on my site, but then I found that when I activated it, I couldn’t go back! Oops. But what a happy accident.
Now when you visit erinbartels.com, it’s a heck of a lot more visually appealing. This new theme has allowed me to showcase some of my photography a bit more, it’s forced me to revamp some of my pages, and the font is easier to read. It even has better adaptability for tablet and mobile viewing. It did take me quite a while to figure out the bells and whistles, but I think I’ve got most of them covered now.
Hope you enjoy the new format! And please share it with a friend you think may enjoy this blog!
I’ve taken the week off work to write. Starting Monday, I’m blocking Facebook, email, and the few websites I occasionally view to waste time (Twisted Sifter, I’m looking at you). I’m using Cold Turkey, a program that lets you block out web access for certain periods of time. I’ve scheduled a few posts in this space, but I doubt I’ll be actively blogging. For the next week, that will mean much of my days will be internet-free.
The weather is cold, icy, gray, and fairly miserable so there is no temptation to even leave the house. We cleaned up most of our Christmas mess on Sunday afternoon, so I shouldn’t feel compelled to clean.
Nothing but time to write.
Oh, and celebrate my 13th wedding anniversary. And have breakfast with a friend. And maybe peek in on the Rose Bowl. And celebrate my 34th birthday.
It’s still a busy and celebratory time of year, after all.
It would appear from the sidebar that this space is close to having 1000 followers, so I wanted to remind all of you lovely readers that I made a promise back in September that if A Beautiful Fiction reached the 1000 follower mark by the end of the year, I would make all of my short stories free for one day (January 2nd, my gift to you on my birthday). As of the writing of this post, we’re 37 followers away from that goal.
First, thank you for reading and for sharing articles with your friends through email, on Facebook, and on Twitter. I hope that you continue to find these posts informative and encouraging.
Second, I do have to apologize and tell you that one story (“This Elegant Ruin”) will not be available as part of this giveaway because it is officially a runner up in the Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest and I’m awaiting a contract that will outline which rights I maintain to it. Suffice to say, it will be free online anyway as it will be on the Saturday Evening Post‘s website in January or February. It will also appear in their 2014 fiction anthology. And I believe I will still be able to include it in my short story collection next year (both ebook and printed book).
So, once more…
How can you help make this great giveaway happen?
1.) One easy way is to click the Follow button on the righthand side of the screen if you are not already an official follower of this blog. You’ll get new posts emailed to you automatically–and nothing else. No spam. No ads. Just blog posts. That’s it. When I blog you’ll know about it and you’ll be among the first to know about future giveaways and promos!
2.) When you read a blog post that speaks to you, please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter or email it to someone you think would enjoy and benefit from what I write about here.
Here’s the other big announcement: Once the January 2, 2014 date passes, the stories will not only no longer be free, they will no longer be available on Kindle. I’ll be taking them all out of circulation as I work on the collection. So get them while they’re hot.
Thanks again for reading.
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? Wonder which of the Great Lakes is the longest or deepest or highest? Or how far you would travel by ship from the westernmost point of Lake Superior down the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic? Wonder no more:
Click on the graphic to see it bigger. And if you’re looking for Lake Michigan, it’s combined with Lake Huron as they really function as one body of water despite their separation by the Lower Peninsula.
Tomorrow is the last Wildflower Wednesday post I have scheduled. I had originally intended to just finish out the summer with them, but got carried away. If there is enough interest, I’ll continue this weekly feature. So let me know in the comments if you want me to keep posting pictures and facts about Michigan wildflowers once a week. If there isn’t much interest, we’ll just let it wither and die like this year’s wildflowers succumbing to the frost.
Besides my regularly scheduled Wildflower Wednesday blog post, I may be conspicuously absent from the blog this week. Over the weekend our church lost three lovely older ladies to death after a very short time for all of them in hospice. In case you had never gathered from previous posts, my husband is a pastor, and so our household will be very busy ministering to grieving family and friends (and grieving ourselves) in addition to all the rest that our busy lives entail.
I hope if you are a person of faith that you will say a prayer for us, especially my husband, Zachary. The longer we serve at our church the more closely we know those whom we lose to the grave and the more deeply we feel the void they leave behind in our church and in our hearts. Our one comfort is that Jesus’ resurrection guarantees our own so that not only will we live with Him but we will be able to see, embrace, and love all of those believers who have gone on before us. And so we do not grieve as those who have no hope, but as those who are secure in the Savior’s hands.
I’ll see you next week.