Publisher's Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/ delivers its free Children's Bookshelf newsletter semi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) via e-mail. It features news specifically geared to the children’s publishing industry, with an emphasis on books and authors. The website's Children’s page at http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/ features news about authors, the publishing industry and new books. You can sign up for the Children’s Bookshelf newsletter on the E-Newsletters subscription page at http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/email-subscriptions/index.html.
Funds for Writers
Author C. Hope Clark’s free newsletter Funds for Writers, which has won numerous Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers awards, is delivered weekly via e-mail. Funds for Writers offers “tips and tools for serious writers to advance their careers!” Though not targeted specifically to children's writers, most writers can benefit from resources that include writing and marketing advice, competitions, grants, awards, scholarships, jobs, freelance markets, and much more. You can subscribe to the free Funds for Writers newsletter on the website’s Newsletters page (http://www.fundsforwriters.com/newsletters). The website at http://www.fundsforwriters.com also offers information on grants, contests, markets for freelance writers, and tips.
For $15 a year for 26 issues you can subscribe to Total FundsforWriters, which features more comprehensive information on competitions, grants, markets, jobs, publishers and agents.
The Publicity Hound
Publicity expert Joan Stewart’s free ezine, which offers “tips, tricks, and tools for free publicity,” is delivered Tuesdays and Saturdays via e-mail. The website features “more than 1000 blog posts and articles, hundreds of learning tools, and lots of free advice on how to tell you story to the world.” You can sign up for the ezine at the Ezine page http://publicityhound.com/tips/ which also has an index of back issues. The blog page categorizes articles by topic.
PublishersMarketplace’s free “daily dossier,” Publisher's Lunch (http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/) delivers daily e-mail updates on publishing industry news, including activity among publishers, literary agents, and in the job market. A full version of the “dossier” is available for a subscription fee. Paid membership in PublishersMarketplace offers access to databases of agents, editors, writers, a book review index and latest releases.
Social Media Examiner
Michael Stelzner’s well-written and highly informative magazine—“the world’s largest online social media magazine”—delivers via e-mail a free weekly summary of forum topics (forums are what SME calls “clubs”). You can subscribe at the Free Updates page on the website at http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/subscribe/. The website offers access to Facebook, Small Business, and Blogging “clubs” (or forums) and publishes an annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report. The Browse Categories drop-down menu offers resources on a variety of topics including tools, case studies, how to’s, educational videos, expert interviews, and more. The Starting page offers numerous tips on how to use the most popular social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, and blogging sites to best advantage at http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/getting-started/ Social Media Examiner also hosts a marketing podcast show and a conference.
Writers and Authors
Author Jo Linsdell’s blog site, Writers and Authors, features resources such as a list of useful websites and blog posts on a variety of topics from using Twitter to doing virtual book signings. The posts are accessible via a chronological blog archive. A scrolling sidebar features writing contests. You can enter your e-mail in a window on the Home page to subscribe to the free Writers and Authors newsletter and you can also sign up for Jo’s podcast.
Writer’s Digest “is the one-stop shop for information, resources and writing community,” offering forum, blogs, webinars and other online educational resources, a conference, competitions, books, a free weekly newsletter, and more, for writers. On the website, the Articles tab has a drop-down menu that leads to a Young Adult/Childrens’ page (http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-genre/young-adult-childrens) where you can find free articles on items of specific interest to children’s writers. You can sign up for the free weekly newsletter, delivered via e-mail, on the website’s Subscribe page at http://www.writersdigest.com/subscribe/free-weekly-newsletter. The newsletter features “tips and expert writing advice.” When you sign up, you get a copy of Writer’s Digest’s list of 101 Best Websites for Writers. For a fee, you can subscribe to eight annual issues of Writer’s Digest magazine.