Hmmm. I think it's safe to say that women make up a large percentage of my audience.
Look. I'm not one to beat around the bush. Let me just lay it all out on the table and confess that the chapter I am reading this week in Music Success in Nine Weeks is about YOU. More specifically, it's about connecting with my "fans" (you, I hope) specifically through my email list. If you haven't joined it already, you can do so by clicking here.
They say that an email list is possibly the most valuable part of a business. I can see the logic in that. However, there's this part of me that does not like to think of you as fans, let alone customers. I'm uncomfortable even typing those words. I don't want you to feel like I'm trying to sell something to you every time I send out a newsletter. Being that I put my heart on the line, get up in front of you at concerts and spill my guts to you, I'd like to think that we have a closer relationship than that. By the same token, I hope people are understanding that making music is part of my livelihood and my business (So if you ask me to sign your burned copy of my album, you will not escape without a lecture on the illegal downloading of music. Yes, this has really happened on several occasions.)
So here is where I could use your help. I have several burning questions:
What kinds of things would you like to hear about from me?
How often should a newsletter ideally be sent?
What other products besides albums and downloads would be cool to see in my online store? Shirts? Sheet music? A coffee mug with a pixelated photo of me on it?
One thing I love about you all is your creativity. I mean, you gave me some of the best elevator pitches EVER. Can't wait to hear your opinions.