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You’re no doubt keen to know about my newsletter. Yep, thought so. So you’ll be pleased to hear that I have 18 subscribers, each one of whom I thank sincerely. Far from the hundreds that some writers have, but hey, it’s a beginning. It’s still not entirely clear to me what a newsletter is for, but as I keep reading that it’s a vital part of the marketing panoply, the experiment continues.

To get the free short story critique offered in the last one, you were asked to identify this animal.

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The first (and only) correct answer came from Sue Ranscht at Space, Time and Raspberries: a dikdik. She didn’t actually take me up on the offer as she’d already had a critique of Enhanced. Though I’ve only read excerpts, this ‘epic tale about belonging and not belonging, and the harm that comes to any society that excludes or oppresses those outside the mainstream’ struck me as well-written and original. Which didn’t prevent me from making a few comments, leading to Sue’s reply, ‘I’ve studied your chapter critique, and come to the conclusion that you are very good at this.’ So there you go – any writers looking for a critique need only answer the following question: What do Lon Chaney, Claude Rains, Herbert Lom and Michael Crawford have in common? Yes, they’re actors, I know, but it’s more specific than that. The first to send me an email with the correct answer wins the free critique. So where does the newsletter come in? Well, that’s where you’ll find the secret word you’ll need to use in the email subject line. 🙂

Also on offer in the last issue was a personalised story written especially for and about you. The question here was Which Adelaide died of measles? No one got that, I’m afraid: it was Marie Adelaide, Princess of Savoy, mother of Louis XV. Tricky, perhaps. It was going to be Henrietta and a bowl of chicory but Google gets that in 0.63 seconds: Henrietta of England, Charles II’s sister, who died in great suffering after someone tampered with her nightcap. Thinking up questions that require more than a mouse click is a challenge.

For the next issue, out tomorrow, I’ve resurrected a contest from my old blog, Pic’n’Post, in which you had to guess what a picture was of or where it was taken. But the question is different now: What is missing from this picture? Answers again by email with a secret word in the subject line.


In the old Pic’n’Post, a three-time winner got a lovely Pic’n’Post Champion badge like the one below:


But now let’s get serious – the prize for a three-time winner is:


OK, I know it falls short of the Lamborghini I promised, but it might buy you a book about Lamborghinis. Or any other book for that matter. Doesn’t even have to be one of mine – though why you’d ever want anyone else’s is a mystery 😉

So that’s it.  Not forgetting, of course, the two serialised stories, Loss and The Authorised Biography of Curtis. To have a crack at these goodies, all you need do is click below:

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  1. Thank you for the mention, Curtis, and just so no one thinks there have been any shenanigans, I want to assure everyone that my comments about Curtis’s critiquing ability were not taken out of context or tweaked in any way. 🙂

    • Thanks for pointing that out, Sue. I guess it’s true that words can always be made to mean something different but as you say, here it was not the case!

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