Hello and happy Friday! Yesterday when I was writing my review of PJ Nwosu’s Red Kingdom novella, A Pale Box on a Distant Shore, I mentioned how much I love her newsletter and it got me thinking about some of the fab newsletters I look forward to seeing pop up in my inbox. I thought a Friday favourites post would be a perfect place to share some of the ones I like best, in case you also love getting these little sneak peeks behind the scenes from authors too.
So, check out five of my faves below, and make sure you let me know in the comments if there are others you think I should be reading!
PJ Nwosu :: Dark fantasy fiction author
Obviously I had to start with PJ Nwosu’s newsletter, since that was the one that got me thinking about this! Poppy’s newsletter comes monthly and is packed with, in her words, “book news, writing updates, and also a bunch of weird little history stories”. I love seeing all the behind-the-scenes bits and pieces Poppy shares about her writing and the publishing process! The cherry on top of course is the “weird little history stories” – this month was about silly medieval shoes! I love the insight Poppy gives us into the research she is doing, and how different bits she finds inspire her writing. Signing up for the newsletter also gives you access to a free fantasy short story which is prequel to the upcoming novel Dream of Death City, and the visual guide for Red Kingdom series. You can sign up for PJ Nwosu’s newsletter here.
Helen Scheuerer :: Dark fantasy fiction author
Helen Scheuerer’s newsletter comes out roughly once every two weeks, depending on what she has going on to chat with us about. I really enjoy the peeks into how the publishing process works for an indie author. I’ve actually signed up to Helen’s Patreon for some extra behind-the-scenes info. Signing up to Helen’s newsletter gives you access to three free novellas in her Cyren Queen Origins series – find out more here.
Maya Linnell :: Aussie rural romance fiction author
Maya Linnell’s newsletter has just switched from monthly to come out quarterly, at the start of each season. I love the mix of news from Maya’s writing desk, where she shares where she’s up to on her latest writing project, events either for her own books or the other fun projects she has on the go (like the Library Lovers with Maya Linnell and the Libby app events), as well as glimpses of what’s happening around her home – often baking, gardening, and at this time of year baby lambs! Maya’s newsletters also have giveaways of recent new release books, readers’ photos, and her favourite recipes to us to try home (honestly – she packs in so much fab content it is almost like a mini magazine edition!).
You can sign up for Maya’s newsletter here and check out previous editions here.
Amie Kaufman :: Children’s and YA fantsy fiction author
Amie Kaufman has had a newsletter she shared with co-writer Meagan Spooner for a while, and while I enjoy those popping up in my inbox today I want to talk about her solo newsletter, Finding North. This is a newer newsletter, only launching in September, but I’m loving it already. Amie shares news on her upcoming solo book release, as well as an overview of what she has been up to, what she is writing, recommendations of books she has loved and general news including book events and podcast updates. Something I really appreciate about Amie’s newsletter is that she provides a recorded reading of each edition for readers who need or prefer to hear rather than read their news – there is a link right at the top of the newsletter. You can check out previous editions of Finding North and subscribe here.
Sophie Hansen :: Food writer
Sophie Hansen’s weekly email is called 5 Things to be Cheerful About on Monday and delivers exactly what it promises. This little ray of sunshine brightens my inbox every Monday morning and delivers all kinds of lovely tidbits including things to cook, things to watch or listen to, recipes to fun or funny or sweet article, and more. Sophie also tells us a little bit about what she has been up to and shares info on upcoming events. You can subscribe to 5 Things to be Cheerful About on Sophie’s website here (there’s a banner across the very top of the page).