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Friday, February 05, 2010

Three Great - and Free - Email Newsletters for Writers

Today I wanted to share three great email newsletters you might like to check out for writing-related advice and information.

The first has the unusual name Words With JAM. It's a beautifully presented writers' newsletter in the universal PDF format.

The second issue, currently available, has lots of interesting and well-written articles, including the front-cover feature about my near-neighbour Miranda Dickinson and her best-selling debut novel Fairytale of New York (as I discussed a few weeks ago in this post).

And yes, this issue also has an interview with yours truly. It's on page 43 if you can't find it immediately ;-)

Surprisingly, given its size and quality, Words With JAM is free of charge, and editor Jane Dixon-Smith says she intends to keep it that way. For more information, and to subscribe, click on any of the Words with JAM links in this post.

My second newsletter recommendation is the Inkwell Writers Monthly Newsletter. This is produced and edited by Vanessa O'Loughlin of the Inkwell Writers Workshops.

Every issue of this chatty, friendly newsletter contains details of writing-related events, courses and workshops (including those put on by Inkwell). There are also articles about freelance writing, technique, grammar and punctuation, and so on.

Where the Inkwell newsletter is particularly strong, though, is in its extensive lists of competitions and other markets for writers. For this amount of information, they could easily be charging a fee!

And finally, the Inkwell newsletter has a strong community feel to it - as evidenced by the news of subscribers' successes in every issue.

Again, you can subscribe to the Inkwell Writers Monthly Newsletter by clicking on any of the links in this article.

My third and last recommendation is the bi-weekly Smart Writers newsletter, from my publishers (and blog sponsors) WCCL.

This is a quicker read than the two newsletters mentioned above. Each issue includes an interesting article on some aspect of writing, along with tips and advice, inspirational quotations, product reviews, and so on.

And yes, it includes promotions for WCCL's writing-related products, but these are almost invariably offered at a discount - and, naturally, there is never any obligation to buy anything.

You can subscribe to Smart Writers via their Writers Giveaway site. Essentially, you get a huge selection of writing-related software, e-books, MP3s, and so on, just for signing up. You can unsubscribe any time you like, of course, so why not join the newsletter's existing 300,000+ subscribers and sign up today?

I hope that you find these recommendations helpful, and that you enjoy reading these newsletters if you decide to sign up for them.

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Blogger Ben Gage said...

nice blog, good useful stuff, I appreciate your work

2:09 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Ben :-)

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa O'Loughlin said...

Hi Nick, thank you so mcuh for your kind words about the newsletter! Inkwell is about getting writers published and the newsletter is a great way to follow everyon'e progress and successes. Keep up the great work.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

You're welcome, Vanessa. Glad to hear this post has sent a few new subscribers your way!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Tammi Kibler said...

Hi Nick,

Wow, there is so much great information here. Newsletters, forums - I'm going to be busy for awhile.

Thank you!

12:20 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Tammi. Pleased to be of service!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Koala Bear Writer said...

Hmmm, I'll have to check these out. I subscribe to a few other writers' email newsletters but hadn't heard of these before. Thanks for sharing!

5:33 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

You're welcome!

6:22 PM  

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