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Why Writers Need Newsletters

By Christina Lorenzen

Most writers spend hours every day on social media, whether Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Spending so much time, one would think social media platforms are the best way to keep in touch with readers. However, with the good there is always the bad and social media is no exception.

It seems like there’s always something happening on Facebook (#deleteFacebook as I write this) or Twitter that should have you consider what would happen if they all went away. How will you stay in touch with those readers you spent so much time building a relationship with? Newsletters. If Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram fell by the wayside, there are several reasons why a newsletter is invaluable to you as a writer.

Staying in Touch

While Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are hopping, you may also remember that some are now in the heap pile (MySpace, and Friendster come to mind). While people from those now defunct spaces may have moved to the three most popular platforms today, it’s a reminder that another means of staying in touch is vital for writers.

Enter good old fashioned email.  

A newsletter keeps you and your books in your reader’s mind. It’s ideal for sharing little bits about your life and writing. Readers love getting a behind the scene peek. One of my favorite authors loves chocolate as much as I do. Another shops at Target just like me. My favorite newsletters are ones with pictures of the author’s writing space. Oh, the envy!

There’s much you can include in a newsletter, but the most important reason for having a newsletter is the ability to stay in touch should a reader leave social media or a platform becomes obsolete. The newsletter is a priceless marketing tool. Take that relationship you’ve built through social media a step further by asking your readers to sign up for your newsletter. You can do this simply through your website’s contact page or right on the home page. However you decide to do it, you will need a way for readers to give consent to receiving emails from you. On my contact page I have a simple box for readers to check. I also have a privacy policy that assures them I will not share their email or use it for anything beyond my newsletter.

For information about privacy policies and collecting emails visit

Chat One on One with Readers

While social media is great for talking to readers, a newsletter is the place to chat one on one. This past year has shown us how human contact and staying in touch is so vital. Writers saw in-person writing events canceled, rescheduled, and canceled again. A newsletter is a great way to ‘meet up’ with readers when we can’t do so in person. With so many people spending more time at home, what better way to keep in contact?

Like social media, a newsletter is about building a relationship. Most writers tend to be introverts so a newsletter is an easy way to let readers get to know you. There are so many ways to do that.  You can share your favorite recipes, places to visit, movies. The difference is when a reader leaves Facebook or Twitter, you may lose touch. Building an email list for a newsletter becomes invaluable in this way. People check their email. Wouldn’t it be great for them to find something there from you?

They Keep You Writing

Every writer has been there. The slump. Maybe that short story isn’t gelling. Maybe the book proposal has been rejected. Again. You’re at what I call ‘the in-between’. No assignments, no deadlines, and you’re just free falling. Nothing kills creativity faster than not having anything to write. Writers write and while it may be a cliché, it’s true that writing begets more writing. For those times when you’re in between, a newsletter is a great way to hone your writing skills. It’s a creative resource and what you write is all up to you.  

Having a newsletter gets your BICHOK (butt in chair hands on keyboard) during those times when you may be tempted to blow it off and hit the couch. A newsletter deadline helps you keep writing and stay productive. Once you announce a newsletter is forthcoming you won’t want to let your readers down. They’re waiting. Get that newsletter out.

Get the Word Out But…

This is the fun part of a newsletter. While you might sometimes feel full of yourself constantly posting about your latest book, article, award, or contract on social media, your newsletter is the perfect place that stuff. Share about your new book. Your subscribers are your first line of buyers. Let them know you’re going to be a guest blogger. You might just see some of them in the comments. And if you’re holding a contest (a subscriber favorite), let them know how to enter and what they could win. Newsletters are also the best place to give your readers content only subscribers are privy to. In fact, promising subscriber only content is a sure fire way to get readers to sign up to begin with.

BUT… remember that your newsletter is for them. Signing up is easy. Keeping them subscribed is a whole other game. And you can do that by sharing what’s going in your writing life by making readers feel they’re a part of it. I’ve watched one of my favorite author’s children grow up through her blog. Her daughter is getting married soon and I’m almost as excited as she is. Let them know how grateful you are for their being such loyal subscribers. This is where an occasional contest comes in handy. Readers love winning prizes. It can be as simple as a signed copy of one of your books or a bookmark. Let them know that without them you wouldn’t be here. Because you wouldn’t. Without readers where would writers be?

Getting Started

When you’re getting started, finding a balance in how often you send your newsletter out can be tricky. You certainly don’t want to bombard them weekly. You may not have enough news to share monthly. I’ve found a quarterly newsletter is just the right fit for me.

As I mentioned, letting readers know they will be getting content not found anywhere else is a good way to start getting sign ups. You could start by holding a contest readers can enter after subscribing. Many authors offer a free short story upon subscribing to their newsletter. It takes time. You might be disappointed to find only a handful of subscribers in the beginning. Take heart. Like anything else, it takes time to build up an email list. Be sure to let readers and followers on social media know you have a newsletter. Keep sending your newsletters out and slowly you will see your list grow. In no time, you’ll find yourself in hundreds, perhaps thousands, of email boxes.

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Christina started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-­to-‑door saleswoman.

Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less walking than going door to door. She’s the author of ten romance books and is now exploring the fun world of cozy mystery writing. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family. Her books are available on Amazon.

9 Newsletters for Writers

By: Jenny Kate

There are so many reader newsletters out there that it is hard to keep up with.

I know you keep asking yourself: where is the best place for my money?

Hopefully, this will help.

Book promotion newsletters or eblasts are basically an email readers opt into that tells them what new books are available in their favorite genres. Those emails are sometimes advertising sales or free books or just new releases. It just depends on what the newsletter offers.

There seem to be a gazillion newsletters out there that promote books for authors but the 9 below are probably the best. Authors have found great success with some of these and terrible success with others.

The best advice I’ve got is to try them out and see what works for you.

I didn’t include BookBub because it warrants its own blog post and you can find it here. 

1- Freebooksy

  • For free books only
  • 400,000+ readers across several genres
  • Thrillers and mystery genres have the most subscribers with romantic suspense close on their heels

2-  Bargain Booksy

  • A discounted ebook of at least 100 pages at $3.99 or below
  • No minimum review requirements for standard ads
  • At least 20 4-star reviews on Amazon for Deal of the Day features
  • 294,000 subscribers across several genres

3- NewInBooks

  • New books released in the past 120 days
  • At least 100 pages
  • Advertised across all Written Word Media Brands
  • 80,000 readers across several genres
  • Includes an author interview on their website

4- Red Feather Romance

  • Books with at least a 3.5-star rating on Amazon
  • Be more than 50 pages in length
  • 120,000 readers of steamy contemporary romance

5- Reading Stacks

  • Promotes Kindle Unlimited or audiobooks
  • Books with at least 20 reviews and an average 4-star rating

6- Ereader News Today (ENT)

 ENT started in 2010 and their goal is to advertise free or discounted books to readers. They don’t have nearly the reach as Bookbub with only about 200,000 subscribers, but exposure is exposure. Their deals are much cheaper than a Featured Deal on BookBub, so for that reason alone is worth considering. You might gain a few new readers with ENT. For approval, they recommend reviews and a high-quality book – professional book cover and edit. ENT has two options available to you.

 Book of the Day sponsorship

  • Posted to 475,000 Facebook fans
  • Emailed to 200,000 email subscribers
  • Most prevalent demographics of its fans are women between 35 and 55

Bargain or Free Book

  • Book must be at least 125 pages
  • Must be available on Amazon
  • Must be free or on sale

 7- Robin Reads

 Just like with ENT, Robin Reads is a newsletter for readers looking for a deal.  They have almost 200,000 subscribers as well.

  • The book must be free or $0.99.
  • Mystery is its largest subscriber list with over 130,000 readers.
  • Romance comes in at a super close second.
  • Things that will help you get listed: good reviews and a high-quality book with a professional cover and edit.

 8- The Fussy Librarian

  • Fussy Librarian produces two daily newsletters: the Most Bargain Ebook Newsletter and the Free Ebook Newsletter.
  • The Most Bargain list has 120,000 subscribers.
  • The Free Newsletter has 200,000 subscribers.
  • These prices are way cheaper than the others, but the lists are smaller.
  • For example, Contemporary Romance has about 80,000. Regardless that’s still 80,000 readers who like your genre.
  • If you advertise with the free newsletter, you’ll reach an additional 120,000 but they may or may not read your genre.

9- BookGorilla

This is another discounted newsletter service, but it has slightly more subscribers at 350,000.

  • Not surprisingly Mystery and Thriller are its top genres.
  • The outlet requires the book be less than $3.99, and according to the site, books in the $1.99 or less range do better.
  • It should also have more than five reviews on Kindle with an average 4-star rating.
  • You can pay for a Starred Title but it’s not a huge jump from what you’ll already receive.
  • BookGorilla reports 88% of its subscribers opt to receive 25 or more book recommendations a day.

 Keep watching the author groups to see which ones folks are having the best luck with. Always check out the site for their most up-to-date submission requirements and prices, but more importantly, look at their subscriber rates. Ask around to see how effective they are.

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Jennifer Lovett

Jenny Kate is the founder of Writer Nation, an online space dedicated to helping writers market their work. With 19 years communications experience, she regularly writes on social media, internet marketing and face-to-face publicity. You can find her on her WebsiteFacebook, and  Instagram