The hottest Publishing Substack posts right now

And their main takeaways
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Rob Henderson's Newsletter β€’ 3636 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. The author shares their journey from financial struggle to success, highlighting how generosity from readers helped him transition to writing full-time.
  2. Pre-ordering a book can significantly impact its success by influencing bookstore orders, placement, and potential to become a bestseller.
  3. The book "Troubled" contains personal narratives about foster care, social class, and challenging societal norms, aiming to promote important conversations in the culture.
Burnt Toast by Virginia Sole-Smith β€’ 2712 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The myth that true artists don't sell their work leads many women and marginalized writers to fear being seen as sell-outs, resulting in lower sales.
  2. Scarcity mindset conditions creatives to accept low pay and resist self-promotion, inhibiting them from knowing and declaring their worth.
  3. Shaming creatives for valuing self-promotion implies it's wrong to recognize and assert your own value.
The Bluestocking β€’ 1120 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 24
  1. The cost of theater tickets in different countries can impact the accessibility of culture and art, affecting the sustainability of artistic communities.
  2. AI is being used to generate fiction at a rapid pace, showcasing the pressure some authors feel to produce content quickly.
  3. Concerns about age and capabilities arise in politics, like with President Biden's age being a cause for debate.
Discourse Blog β€’ 3400 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. Legacy media is being replaced by something worse, with media-wide layoffs being a visible sign.
  2. Publications are struggling and dying due to financial issues, particularly affecting traditional print media.
  3. The future of journalism looks bleak, with the rise of individual-driven media leading to misinformation and lack of accountability.
Simon Owens's Media Newsletter β€’ 573 implied HN points β€’ 14 Feb 24
  1. Paid podcasts have seen success with small networks and creators, but traditional media outlets have been hesitant to embrace them.
  2. Platforms like Patreon and tools from Apple and Spotify have made subscribing to paid podcasts easier, yet major publishers are still not fully exploring this opportunity.
  3. Some media companies like Slate and The Economist are finding success with paid podcasts and hard paywalls, showing potential for revenue growth in these areas.
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The Garden of Forking Paths β€’ 2614 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Writing a book involves intense research and a challenging writing process.
  2. Getting a book deal can differ based on the type of publishing and requires convincing an agent and publisher.
  3. Success of a book is uncertain and depends on various factors like author platform and public outreach.
How to Glow in the Dark β€’ 825 implied HN points β€’ 30 Jan 24
  1. Success in book publishing is unique and can't be replicated by following the traditional path
  2. MFAs and writers' conferences have value, but they don't guarantee commercial success as an author
  3. Factors like platform, artistic skill, and personal artistic style are crucial for achieving a big book deal
Yasha Levine β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. The novel 'Exodus' had a significant impact in promoting Jewish nationalism among American and Soviet Jews.
  2. The book was essentially zionist propaganda, helping to shape narratives and ideals for Jewish communities.
  3. The creation and promotion of 'Exodus' was part of a strategic public relations effort by the Israeli government to influence American perspectives on Israel.
Am I Doing This Right? β€’ 1081 implied HN points β€’ 21 Jan 24
  1. The author is in Taiwan working on their third book and finalizing edits on the second book.
  2. The second book's official announcement occurred a few weeks ago, with more details to come in upcoming months.
  3. Paid subscriptions to the author's work will resume soon, providing access to exclusive content and updates on their upcoming projects.
Risk Musings β€’ 458 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 24
  1. During the pandemic, there was a surge in manuscript submissions to publishers.
  2. AI technology like ChatGPT is being used to generate online book content, affecting discoverability and quality.
  3. The future of novel-writing as a career is uncertain due to AI's impact on the industry, with potential polarization into superstars and hobbyists.
Agents and Books β€’ 668 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jan 24
  1. Focus on finishing your book before worrying about your query letter.
  2. You may change the beginning of your book several times during the drafting process.
  3. Don't stress about revealing too much in your query letter; keep an eye on publishing news instead.
Building a New Economics β€’ 275 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. The author has been busy working on a new book and various projects for BC4LS.
  2. The new book includes chapters on economics, pricing, energy, and the role of neoclassical economics in misleading about global warming.
  3. The author plans to release the manuscript to financial supporters only to avoid jeopardizing potential sales for the publisher.
How to Glow in the Dark β€’ 353 implied HN points β€’ 20 Jan 24
  1. Lesson from Cloudflare layoff: There are useful lessons for everyone in handling layoffs and difficult conversations professionally.
  2. Lesson from Brittany's experience: Be prepared, question feedback that doesn't make sense, and stand up for yourself in professional settings.
  3. Lesson on organizational culture: Though industries may differ, there can be overlap in challenges like attracting talent and handling social media crises.
SHuSH, by Kenneth Whyte β€’ 235 implied HN points β€’ 19 Jan 24
  1. Audiobooks continue to experience significant growth, representing a considerable portion of book sales.
  2. Audible, owned by Amazon, remains dominant in the audiobook market, with a large lead over competitors like Spotify and Apple.
  3. The audiobook industry is crowded, with various retail platforms and production houses vying for content and market share.
Journo Resources - The Opportunities β€’ 275 implied HN points β€’ 02 Jan 24
  1. A variety of journalism job opportunities are available in different locations with competitive salaries, such as in unscripted TV development, social content creation, and editorial roles.
  2. New Year's Resolutions may not always be practical or realistic for everyone, and setting smaller goals or guidelines can be just as beneficial in journalism work.
  3. Various organizations are offering training programs, mentorship opportunities, and cash prizes for journalists, writers, and content creators to support their career growth and development.
The Intrinsic Perspective β€’ 7343 implied HN points β€’ 07 Mar 23
  1. When famous writers switch to Substack, their writing often changes in quality and style.
  2. Traditional publishing involves a pipeline of manuscript workshops, agent and editor contributions that can shape a writer's work.
  3. Writing online on platforms like Substack demands more frequent and authentic output compared to industry standards.
Everything Is Amazing β€’ 1150 implied HN points β€’ 17 Oct 23
  1. Reading can be a way to find solace in difficult times and rediscover empathy and kindness.
  2. Struggling with reading can happen due to life circumstances, but it is possible to regain the ability over time.
  3. Consider investing time and effort into re-learning activities that are important to you, even if it feels self-indulgent at first.
Chuck Palahniuk's Plot Spoiler β€’ 3085 implied HN points β€’ 08 Jul 23
  1. Consider focusing on a very small customer base that will pay high prices for your service or product.
  2. Creating a high-status-signaling commodity can attract a niche market of wealthy individuals.
  3. Emphasizing exclusivity and luxury in your offerings can drive demand and high price points.