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Stunning libraries, some author stats and how to get your first 1000 subscribers

Plus how Pomplamoose publish every week, another book planning app and writing torture for Douglas Adams.

Iain Broome
Iain Broome
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Stunning libraries, some author stats and how to get your first 1000 subscribers
Biblioteca di Sainte Genevieve, Parigi 2016 (Massimo Listri)

Hello there

This is Iain Broome here again with another newsletter packed full of exciting tools, tips and other information for writer-types.

Sorry it's taken a while between missives. As I mentioned in a recent email to you, I'm currently moving the newsletter from Substack to Ghost, where it will become part of my own actual website. Lots of reasons for it. I'll explain more when I'm done.

By way of apology, let me send you to this collection of libraries photographed by Massimo Listri. I've included my personal favourite above. Which would you like to spend time quietly reading, wandering around or secretly playing Minesweeper in?

Thanks to podcaster and long-time reader, Andrew Clews for the link to Listri's work. If you find something you think I might like, please do tippy-tap reply and let me know!

Enjoy some other goodies below.


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Pomplamoose is a weird band

I've been aware of Pomplamoose for more than a decade and really love some of their ace cover versions and videos. This is a fascinating insight into how they've built a team and process that allows them to create and publish every week. It would be super-fantastic if it could work a bit more like this in the publishing world.

What authors want from publishers

Some fascinating statistics from a report put together by the Independent Publisher's Guild and The Empowered Author. For example, 31% of authors received resources to help them promote their books. Which means, of course, that 69% did not.

Plottr – Plan your books the way you think

After posting a couple of planning tools in the last newsletter, a few of you got in touch to ask why the flippin' heck I've never mentioned Plottr. And I think I might have linked to it ages ago, but if so I can't remember. It looks fabulous. Go to give it a try.

How to get your first 1,000 email subscribers

Every author should have an email list. That's what they say. This article breaks the journey from 0–1000 subscribers up into stages and suggests ways to gain new folk as you go. It's not at all how I did things with this newsletter, but I'm not sure I've ever know what the heck I'm doing.

Douglas Adams' note to self reveals author found writing torture

If you're a fan, you will love this. But as a regular writer person, I think there is something in the idea of writing a note to self. It's a bit like those personal manifestos I showed you a few weeks ago. I don't think it can do any harm to make a note of who you want to be as a creative person. Or why you do what you do.

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