One of the best ways to learn about something, especially when it comes to writing, is to read. We just talked about starting your own newsletter, and today, we’re going to look at five newsletters every writer should join.
They’re newsletters that I regularly read, enjoy, learn from. They also serve as ideas for your posting schedule. Each one has a different schedule it adheres to, and they’re all popular newsletters to join.
Without further adieu, let’s look at them.
5 Newsletters Every Writer Should Join
I did want to mention that all of the following newsletters are free to join. Here they are in no particular order:
I think it’s safe to say that Writer’s Digest shows up on almost every “you must sign up for” list, and this one is no exception. Writer’s Digest is popular for a reason: they have so much advice to give writers.
The same is true for their newsletter(s). Writer’s Digest has more than one, and I don’t suggest signing up for all of them. I’d stick to their regular newsletter, which is published on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Those are the three emails that provide you with free advice. Their other newsletters are more for sponsorship and try to sell you courses and the services of other institutions.
You can sign up for their newsletter here, and I’d highly recommend changing your email preferences to eliminate the adverts.
What’s New in Publishing
I found out about What’s New in Publishing (WNIP) via Jane Friedman, and it was a great find. WNIP covers all publishing industry news, which is great.
However, by everything, I mean everything. You get journalism, news, books, etc., so not all of the information is relevant to book publishing.
On the plus side, you get to know what’s going on elsewhere in publishing, and you get to see things from a publisher’s point of view. that can help you land a publishing contract down the line or pivot your marketing strategies to help you stand out.
Plus, being aware of what’s going on in the wider industry is good for you. Knowledge is power. They post once a week on Thursdays.
You can sign up for their newsletter here. (The sign-up form is in the right-hand sidebar.
Shayla’s Adventures in Authorland with Shayla Raquel
Shayla Raquel is a writer and editor that helps self-published authors realize their dreams. Her newsletter is very personal as she shares inspirations and lessons in her own life to help other writers.
Her goal with her newsletter is to be as honest and vulnerable as possible with her audience, creating a friendly atmosphere. She always includes editing and marketing tips with each email, which goes out each week on Wednesday.
Raquel asks for your email in exchange for a free pre-publishing checklist (it’s pretty dang awesome), which you can find here.
The Daily Skimm with The Skimm
The Skimm runs one of the most popular newsletters in the US. They take snippets from their news headlines and compile them into one email that’s sent out each morning, five days a week.
It has nothing to do with writing, though they sometimes put in book recommendations and have a newsletter specifically geared towards that, which doesn’t mean it’s not a valuable resource because it is.
The Skimm is so popular due to its formatting and its readability. It takes me about ten minutes to read the news, and all of the significant developments are there for me to digest.
Plus, it’s nice being kept in the loop on everything that’s going on in the world. And as a writer, being in the know is a good thing. (They also have puns. It’s worth reading just for the puns some days.)
You can sign up for the Daily Skimm newsletter here on their homepage.
Total Annarchy with Ann Handley
This bi-weekly newsletter is geared towards content creators and marketers, but I find that most of the lessons Ann Handley shares can be applied to books as well. It’s full of great advice!
It’s also an effortless and entertaining read as Handley talks to you as if you’re her friend. In fact, one of her mantras with her newsletter is to make it sound as if you are writing a letter to a dear friend.
Seriously, it’s a treat to read and inspired the layout for my newsletter.
You can sign up for the Total Annarchy newsletter here.
That’s it. Those are the five newsletters that every writer should join, in my opinion. This is by no means an extensive list, but they are the newsletters that I look forward to reading or find value in the most.
Reading other newsletters is a great way to gain inspiration and ideas about how to structure your newsletter and what to include in it.
Also, it’s a great chance to learn something new from someone else. I know various people and organizations cover many writing advice or topics. Still, each individual has a different way of explaining it, which could make a difference to you or someone else.
So don’t forget to sign up for a newsletter and learn something new.
What newsletters have you signed up for? What are they about? Do you have a favorite? Are you thinking about joining any of the above? Let me know in the comments below! I love hearing from you.
Don’t forget to check out my newsletter. It goes out every Sunday and contains more tips, personal tidbits, and publishing opportunities. You can subscribe below or check out the Newsletter homepage to get more information.
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Until next time.