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List Building Fundamentals (List Building Part 1)

Ep. 50

Every author needs a mailing list. But where do you start on building one? When you should start one? What should you focus on when building a list? How often should you send broadcasts? And of course, what do you send to your list? J. and Zach tackle all those questions and more on this episode.

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