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!

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