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-a free PDF download of “To You” by Angela B. Chrysler
-A PDF Welcome Letter including a collection of our top rated articles
-Your choice of a free bookmark (US only)
-The next 20 subscribers receive an 8 GB USB drive (US only)
-A 20 minute tour of angelabchrysler.com with Bergen and Angela
Updated on 26 June 2018
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FAQ on Subscription
What exactly is www.angelabchrysler.com about?
This site is about Angela B. Chrysler. You will find more about the books I’ve written, what books I am writing, and additional projects I’m working on. I am not a single genre reader. Like my music, I indulge on everything. Fantasy, science fiction, and romance are my favorites. You’ll find new releases, story time, book news, and events. I love writing short stories where I indulge on humor and nerd-isms. I post articles on every topic I love. I write about philosophy, Bergen, gardening, cats, Bergen, anime, exploratory dialogue, psychology, and Bergen. Also, paintball, Marvel comics (Iron Man is better than Batman), The Walking Dead, and macabre find their way in so you’ll find plenty of that here. I spend a lot of time revisiting some of my favorite classics.
Unlike most authors, I like to keep my writing tips away from my committed readers who are most likely not interested in writing tips and “how-to” writing guides. www.angelabchrysler.com is about you, the reader. I publish all writing, marketing, and advice on Brain to Books for those readers looking to be writers or those authors in need of assistance.
What genres can I expect from you?
I write whatever whim hits me, but overall, no matter which genre I dabble in, macabre is the focus…usually. I will rarely write anything light, simple, cheery, or happy. Happiness has to be earned and I make my characters earn it.
I write Fantasy and Poe-styled macabre. I have been told, “If Poe were to write books, it would look like this.” I also love a darker kind of sensual romance. I must make one thing clear. I do not write elaborate sex scenes that detail the act. Hate reading them. Hate writing them. My dream is to write a romance that out strips the Princess Bride minus the happy ending. I would LOVE to write “romance for men.” I’m up against a stigma I want to break. I hate happy endings. No matter what genre I write, my characters have to earn their happy endings—if they happen at all. I have no qualms about killing the main character. Be forewarned. I ground my stories with a touch of cold, hard reality. You can sample my writing here.
Who is your style compared to?
If Edgar Allen Poe wrote Lord of the Rings in the style of Game of Thrones, that would be my Norse Fantasy, Tales of the Drui. Broken has been compared to The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. A number of psychology students have used Broken for their Psych studies in college. Over all, my writing style has been compared to Tad Williams.
How often do you post?
When I’m not working on a new release, I publish two to three posts a month. I love posting deleted scenes and excerpts so keep an eye out for those. My Facebook and Twitter followers receive notices when I post on my blog, so be sure to follow me there.
Where does my information go when I sign up?
Let’s face it, this is the number #1 reason why guests hesitate to subscribe. Is my information safe? Will it be shared or sold? Will this invite unwanted spamming? How often will I get an email from you? It isn’t every day, is it?
When you hit “submit” your name and email are immediately placed in a list via Mailchimp.com. Only I can see this list. I have no staff who handles this. It’s just you and me. If you opt to unsubscribe, Mailchimp immediately removes your email. Mailchimp is an email company who strictly adheres to the federal laws regarding email mailing lists. No questions asked.
When it is time for me to send out a newsletter, I simply select the email list I wish to use, then compose the newsletter through Mailchimp. It’s that simple. Some websites use a website list builder, which stores the email addresses right on the dashboard of the website. In these cases, the website host will download the list of email address to an Excel Spreadsheet. They then copy/cut/paste from Excel into the BCC of the email so other subscribers won’t see or receive your email address. I don’t use this system.
The newsletters you receive from me are sent out directly from mailchimp. Nothing is auto generated leaving me with complete control over what you receive with an added personal touch.
Yes. Your information is safe. No, your information will not be shared, traded, or sold. Subscribing to my site will not invite unwanted spam. My reputation is very important to me and I would never jeopardize the loyalty and trust of my readers.
How often will you email me?
Once a month either at the beginning/end of the month. On a rare occasion, I email twice a month, but ONLY is something significant comes up.
“Event Alert” is also available to subscribers.
Tell me more about “Event Alert.”
“Event Alert” sends out a series of emails ONLY when an event is near. the first email notifies you one week in advance of the event. The second reminds you the day before. The third, announces the start on opening day. The last is an email thank you for participating at the event and includes a digest. Sign up for Event Alert (don’t worry, this window will not close).
What exactly do you include in your newsletters?
All newsletters provide links to the new freebies for that month. VIP Members receive a monthly tailored email offering that month’s free gift. The newsletter contains the password that unlocks certain posts reserved for Members Only. You will also receive samples of my latest writing, short stories, or new chapters. You will also receive a list of posts from that month.
Subscribing to a website on some sites is like obtaining a VIP pass to a number of privileges. On my site, all members receive a free bookmark, a free PDF of To You, and access to member only privileges on the site. My VIP Members receive a free gift every month. On other sites, the primary reason for subscribing is to receive the monthly newsletter. The second reason for subscribing is to receive email post notifications or weekly digests. Subscribers up to end of July 2016 received a free copy of Dolor and Shadow.
What is the purpose of a monthly newsletter?
A monthly newsletter usually provides news regarding the author and their published works. Some authors provide articles only seen in the newsletter.
Are there any special benefits for subscribers?
Subscribers are the VIPs of www.angelabchrysler.com with back stage passes. They receive:
- -a free PDF download of “To You” by Angela B. Chrysler
- -A PDF Welcome Letter including a collection of our top rated articles (Coming soon)
- -Your choice of a free bookmark (US only)
- -The next 20 subscribers receive an 8 GB USB drive (US only)
- -A 20 minute tour of angelabchrysler.com with Bergen and Angela
Subscribers also receive exclusive material and are first to receive news on reader-focused events such as new releases, recommended reading, emerging authors, and the Brain to Books events that enable readers to find their next weekend read. They receive notices for my current and upcoming book releases and the status of my current work in progress. They are offered Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) on all my new upcoming releases along with sneak previews, special offers, and giveaways. They get first “dibs” and/or discounts on events, sales, schedules, promotions, and trials. *Subscribers receive a free bookmark along with additional perks such as short stories, poetry, and other publications only provided to subscribers. When a new book releases, I hold a giveaway among *subscribers.
*Subscribers: At this time, I am only able to ship within the US. Please forgive this unavoidable discrimination.
Can I unsubscribe?
Absolutely! Every email comes with an “unsubscribe” button so you can opt out at any time. This “unsubscribe” option is mandated by law to be included in all email communications. Most bloggers happily accommodate your request, no questions asked.
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Subscription to The Book Cave is free.