I've puzzled this one and read and re-read but I must be missing something. In your post "Yes, you need a mailing list, even if you're not pubbed" you start by saying: I can hear you screaming (politely of course, woodland creature that you are) "I don't have anything to talk about in a newsletter!"
I'm very politely screaming because I still have no idea what to say in a newsletter. The example you give is "sign up to hear about my next published story" or "when you have news like a short story being pubbed in a small magazine". I'm not pubbed in any way, shape or form (yet!). I looked to the comments for an answer, but Reef readers only mention short stories and publications as well (the Reef is full of very talented writers).
So if I am not published and have no short stories, what would I put into a newsletter?
This is such a good question because it showed me I wasn't really clear.
(That's my fault by the way.
It's incumbent about the speaker/writer to be clear, not the listener/reader to suss out what's being conveyed.)
So, let me take another whack at this.
You can have a mailing list without having a newsletter.
You can have people sign up for news (that you will have in the future!) even if you don't have news now.
And if you feel like this isn't the right time to embark on setting up a mailing list, RESPECT YOUR HESITATION!! I'm writing for a general audience here, not you specifically.
Understand the difference between "I don't wanna" and "I don't know how" and "I don't think this is right for me YET."
The third reason is the ONLY reason I will not bop you over the head for failure to heed my incredibly wise, astute, amazing, productive and generally all-around perfect advice (my Thesaurus was feeling neglected after I bought a new dictionary so I had to give her a little work out this morning.)
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