A Quick Guide To Starting A Newsletter And Getting Your First 1,000 Subscribers

In 3 Simple Steps

Nicolas Cole
6 min readMay 30, 2024


“I want to start a newsletter. What should I do?”

This is one of the most common questions I get asked.

So, I want to give you a crash-course on how newsletters work — as well as help you filter through some of the noise so you can get started quickly.


Before we dive in, I want to point something “meta” out to you.

As a reader of my articles on Medium, what you are expecting is information that helps you move forward as a digital writer & creator.

Which means my job is to work HARD to figure out:

  • What questions you have
  • What topics you’re most interested in
  • What walkthrough guides you would find most valuable
  • What problems you are struggling to find non-obvious solutions to
  • And what outcomes you want to unlock (for yourself and your business)

This guide on how to start a newsletter is a great example of us listening to what questions readers (like you) are asking, and then creating content that answers those questions.



Nicolas Cole

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