If you’re a looking to stay in-the-know about your favorite authors and what they’re up to, chances are you’ve signed up to receive their newsletters. While each author’s newsletter is different, they often help give you insight to the writer’s life and their process. As an extra bonus, some even contain craft tips to help you improve your own writing.
I’m subscribed to what feels like endless author newsletters. So I figured I’d share some of my favorites with you, including what I like about them.
1. The Visible Life of V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab is one of the first authors I began following on social media. With an impressive repertoire of books under her belt, V is easily the kind of person I dream of being when I grow up. Additionally, I love how real she is on social media and in her newsletters. Emails will hit your inbox once a month, and include sections about V’s life, what she’s working on, craft tips for improving your writing, news about her forthcoming projects, and what she’s doing to fill her creative well. You can sign up for her newsletter here.
2. From the Desk of Erin Bowman
I love following Erin Bowman and receiving her newsletters because she’s so honest about the traditional publishing industry and everything it entails. She doesn’t shy away from the realities and disappointments that come with pursuing a career in publishing. But at the same time, I always finish her newsletters feeling more hopeful than when I started them. Additionally, there’s a paid tier of her newsletter you can participate in that gives you more access to insider content and cool opportunities. You can sign up for her newsletter here.
3. Haunted Books & Haunted Girls
De Elizabeth’s newsletter is fairly new to the world, with only two having hit inboxes so far. But both of those have been homeruns in my opinion. De shares her thoughts on writing, life, and the combination of the two with a grace any writer should envy! Her advice is inspiring and it’s easy to feel like you’ve just made a new best friend when you read her newsletters. Each one is intended to form community and foster conversation. You can sign up for them here.
4. Elise Kova
If you want practical, easy to implement writing tips, you need to check out Elise Kova’s newsletter! Elise is a prolific writer who got her start through self-publishing, giving her a unique perspective on the publishing industry and lots of useful tips you can start implementing into your own writing nearly immediately. I love reading her emails and I think you will too. You can sign up for them here.
SobSub Stories by Kate Dylan
Kate Dylan’s newsletter is one of my favorites because it is so unique. Instead of doing all of her own newsletter writing, Kate collects stories from authors who have gone on sub and shares them via newsletter. (Going on sub happens after a writer gets an agent; it’s the process where the agent begins sending the manuscript to editors at publishing houses in the hopes of getting a writer a book deal.) Being on sub is a harrowing experience for many authors, and Kate takes it from a terrifying unknown to an easily understandable process while still acknowledging how fraught the industry is. As a bonus, each story is labeled with a key to tell you what kind of experience you’ll be reading about beforehand, so if you only want the positive ones, you can make sure to screen your reads respectively. You can sign up for her newsletter here.
Did you sign up for any of the recommended newsletters? Are there more you would add to this list? Share them in the comments below; I’d love to hear them!