At one point as I was growing this writing business of mine, I subscribed to every email newsletter about the business of writing and entrepreneurship that I could. I had a lot to learn, and these emails helped me learn it. But in time, my business settled into the form I can sustain – editing and coaching and running a lovely writing community – and then, I needed to pare back on the emails I was getting for two reasons:
- They took up a lot of time and energy as I sorted through them or even just deleted them unread from my inbox.
- They caused me to second-guess the business model that I had chosen because it was sustainable, authentic, and life-giving to me.
So ultimately, I ended up actually staying subscribed to only five newsletters/blogs related to the business side of the writing life. Every time each of these newsletters arrives, I know
- Electric Speed by Jane Friedman – Jane’s bi-weekly email lists resources for writers that include new software tools, new companies that serve writers, books, etc. It’s a great list from one of the best in the business, and it’s organized format makes it easy to skim. (I also subscribe to Jane and Porter Anderson’s Hot Sheet as a way to get stay up on the publishing industry without losing my mind.)
- Shayla Raquel’s Newsletter – Shayla writes clear, upbeat newsletters to guide writers through the minefields of the writing life, especially the indie publishing life. Plus, when you sign up to get her newsletter you get her REALLY VALUABLE Pre-Publishing Checklist, which will help you get all your ducks in a row if you want to self-publish.
- The Quick Fix by Kirsten Oliphant of Create If Writing – Kiki’s lists are full of great resources, including her own, on the latest business knowledge for creative writers. She does a great deal of research and then provides great fundamentals about things like GDPR and Amazon’s latest changes. (Plus, her Create If Writing Podcast is stellar!)
- Blake Atwood’s Newsletter and Blog Posts – Blake is a fellow editor who produces wise work about how writers can be better at our craft and our business.
- The UseLetter by Amy Lynn Andrews – This weekly email comes on Saturday mornings, which I love because I have time to peruse it then, and contains great resources, stories from Andrews’ life, and even a recipe from time to time.
I know there’s a lot of great information out there from a lot of trustworthy, informed folks (and a lot from less-trustworthy, less-informed folks), but there are my go-tos. I hope you’ll check them out.
And if you think there’s a newsletter that I really need to get to be up-to-date and wise about my business, let me know in the comments. I’m always willing to take a look. Thanks.