Do you like surveys?
While conversing on an author marketing support group, I realized that I haven’t created a survey to take the pulse of Lines by Leon Nation* since last May. Someone had asked how authors create engagement and deal with inactive newsletter subscribers.
In order to retain readers who “have to” sign up for my weekly newsletter to receive a free book—
I knew there was a catch . . .
I had done a few surveys to improve my weekly offering, asking what readers like/dislike about the newsletter, what they want to to see more of/less of, etc. I try to make them entertaining and humorous because that’s what writers do, entertain. I had to look back to find what my “Call to action” was for my last survey:
Every few months (or every 50 subscribers), I open up the Lines by Leon Survey, my way of learning about where my readers have arrived from and their reading habits, so that I can gauge the effectiveness of my web presence. If there were reviews of the survey, I suspect they would go something like this:
“The Lines by Leon Survey – it was over faster than one of his short stories!”
– Professor Scrapbooker, The People’s Collage
“I clicked on the link and it took me directly there. Wow! The future is here.”
– Undisclosed Hollywood B-lister
“I didn’t have time…”
– Rolly Casio-Seiko
“I made up a whole bunch of stuff to skew the results. Mwah ha ha!”
– A. Troublemaker
“Brilliant. It was so much fun I did it twice.” [You can’t do that] “Oh. Just once then.”
– Over-zealous subscriber
“I laughed. I cried. Mostly cried (because I had just watched a sad movie).”
– Giveme A. Minutte
Intrigued? Take the Survey!
Participation has always been lukewarm to tepid, and I understand that people are busy, so I’m not disappointed. I do have fun crafting them. So I’m revamping my last survey to send out.
Intrigued? Take the Survey!**
*Not a real nation.
**Survey currently not available (stay tuned)
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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