Footnotes - A curated weekly newsletter for writers
Footnotes: A newsletter for writers

A curated weekly newsletter of inspiration, strategies, and actionable ideas to help you master your craft, overcome your stumbling blocks, and grow as a writer.

Why Subscribe?

I comb through the internet noise to bring a collection of links and ideas for curious, creative minds right to your inbox.

This newsletter began as a way to share the show notes of my weekly podcast, My Imaginary Friends, where I give live reports from the trenches of an author navigating both the self-publishing and traditional publishing world.

I collect links during my online travels with advice, tips, tools, apps, interesting facts, deep thoughts, and more to feed my creative journey. And since I tend to collect more information than I could ever use, I wanted to share them with you.

When you sign up, you'll immediately receive my worldbuilding checklist of areas to explore when building a fictional world.

So even if you're not a podcast listener, if you're looking for some fuel for your creative fire, please sign up!

What Readers are Saying

“Leslye is such a wonderful, compelling, immersive writer and storyteller, always empathetically and profoundly connecting with others through interesting ideas and thoughtful viewpoints.”

Writer and editor, Nadia Gerassimenko

"This newsletter always has practical and inspiring tips. It's a great read!"

Writer, Sonja Ryst

“Footnotes is one of the few newsletters I open every week because I know I'll find a few gems that speak to me.” — 

Romance author, Rebecca Hunter

Leslye Penelope

About Me

Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. Her debut novel Song of Blood & Stone was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time. The novel also won the inaugural award for Best Self-Published Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association before it was picked up for publication by St. Martin’s Press. Her latest novel is The Monsters We Defy, a heist story set in Washington, DC, in 1925.

Her podcast, My Imaginary Friends, is a weekly journal of her publishing life, perfect for readers and writers alike. Leslye lives in Maryland with her husband and their furry dependents. Visit her online at