This has been trial and error for me over the years but now I feel like I finally have a handle on it and my mailing list is growing nice and steadily. Before I was unconvinced that an author's mailing list could be as important as everyone was claiming it was. Now that I see my list growing in numbers daily and I'm actually getting interaction and sales from my loyal readers I see just how important an author's mailing list is. There are many methods for growing your mailing list. I've tried many, some work better than others but I've found if you test out to find what combination is right for you then you can't go wrong. A lot of times authors can't afford to invest in signing up with an email marketing service so I've put together some free and effective methods for you to implement and monitor on your own.