The Hot Sheet is the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors delivered to you directly via email every other Wednesday. It’s reported and written by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson.
The Hot Sheet saves you time by delivering the most important publishing news relevant to authors—reporting and analyzing only the specific developments you need to know. Our exclusive sponsor is IngramSpark.
With an every-other-week schedule, we’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain importance or meaning for your long-term decision making. Thus, we hope to provide distance and nuance on complex issues.
Why pay for a news service?
Do you find it difficult to keep up with the changes underway in publishing, or do you wonder who’s “right” about controversial issues? The Hot Sheet helps you sort through the noise.
- We read through hundreds of news sources every week so you don’t have to. We also subscribe to all the paid information services related to the publishing industry.
- We keep you up-to-date with the most relevant trends and news items for authors, in plain English, with bottom-line takeaways.
- Without fear of missing out, you can stop looking through comment threads or social media channels in which everyone is shouting at each other, and focus on your author career.
Why Should You Trust Us?
We speak at, attend, and report on industry events.
- We’re at all the major book industry shows throughout the year: BookExpo America, Digital Book World, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, and much more.
- We also speak at major writing conferences, and hear the advice and perspectives offered by agents, editors, and professional authors.
- We ourselves are often called on to speak to groups of authors and industry professionals about changes in the industry—and because we know so many insiders, we can call on them for background.
We read all the news so you don’t have to.
- We subscribe to several dozen writing and publishing industry newsletters, and sift through the most important news items on your behalf.
- We have subscriptions to paid news sources that would cost you hundreds of dollars to receive, and cherry-pick what’s relevant for you to know.
- We keep up with the most important and discussed blogs in the author community, and understand the biases and agendas of them all.
We have devoted careers in writing and journalism.
- Porter Anderson is a former journalist with CNN and is now the editor in chief of Publishing Perspectives, the international news source for the publishing industry.
- Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest and was one of the founding community members of Digital Book World. She now serves as a columnist for Publishers Weekly and is a full-time publishing industry consultant.
- Both Porter and Jane regularly interact with publishing industry insiders at a range of offline and online events.
More About Porter and Jane
Writer and professor Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer’s Digest, where she ultimately became publisher and editorial director; more recently, she served as the digital editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane specializes in educating authors about the publishing industry, and is known for thought-provoking talks on the future of authorship. She is a professor with The Great Courses and a columnist for Publishers Weekly.
Journalist, speaker, and consultant Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) is Editor-in-Chief of the international site Publishing Perspectives and the former Associate Editor for The Bookseller’s The FutureBook in London. A former news anchor and producer, his Music for Writers is read at New York’s Thought Catalog. He has programmed conference events for IDPF, Writer’s Digest, Frankfurt Book Fair, The Bookseller’s Author Day, and Novelists Inc. He has worked with CNN International, CNN.com, The Village Voice, Rome’s UN World Food Programme, and Copenhagen’s INDEX. He is a fellow with the National Critics Institute.
I conduct historical research for authors and one of my clients has a lot of great story ideas, but her German publisher Random House can only publish one of her novels per year. Reading about the latest US publishing opportunities in The Hot Sheet, I sensed an opening and wrote a book pitch in English for my client. We got her literary agent on board, sent the pitch, and she got a deal right away: Her next novel will be published in the USA—a dream come true for any German author.
She shared a few of her other ideas and her new US publisher gave her 2 additional publishing contracts for 2017. They didn’t even want to see a sample text! And I’ll be conducting research for all 3 novels.
Thanks to Jane, Porter and The Hot Sheet, I knew exactly what to pitch, when, and to whom; the right tip at the right time.
—Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historical advisor for authors, publishers and literary agents
Is The Hot Sheet for traditionally published authors or self-published authors?
Both. Changes in publishing affect everyone. We take a neutral perspective on how authors publish, and deliver information about stories, developments, publishers, retailers, and services without any specific agenda or bias.
Is it for unpublished writers?
If you’re interested in keeping up with changes in the publishing industry, sure. You’ll be able to understand it. But this newsletter isn’t about how to get published.
What specific types of issues will be covered in The Hot Sheet?
Anything that potentially affects how and where authors publish, how much authors earn, and major services for authors—these developments are all fair game.
- Developments related to book retail, whether print or ebook, online or in stores
- Major initiatives or changes at traditional publishers
- Controversial articles or posts being discussed in the author community
- New publishing industry reports or statistics
- Updates on lawsuits or legal issues pertaining to authors
- New services or companies serving the author community
- Emerging developments in publishing strategies and successes
We’re not going to tell you how-to; we’re going to tell you what to consider. How-to is up to you.
How long is each issue of The Hot Sheet?
It will vary depending on the publishing news cycle, but each item will be in the 400-word ballpark, with about five pieces per issue.
Are there regularly recurring features in The Hot Sheet?
Yes. In addition to our original editorial items , every issue we feature:
- Links of Interest: a carefully considered list of articles, reports, or opinions you should be aware of
- The Hot Sheet Index: a list of interesting data points in publishing
Is there a community, Facebook page, or comment area?
No, and we’re very purposeful in leaving out the reader-interactive aspect—at least at this stage, that’s no oversight.
Our objective is to save your time and deliver information, not open up another water cooler. There are many other places to discuss the news.
Will your frequency ever change?
We release a new issue every other Wednesday.
We will never dip below this frequency. In exceptional cases, we may send additional special issues, for stories that merit the extra coverage.
Why is it called The Hot Sheet?
In Jane’s earliest publishing days, her employer circulated a weekly “hot sheet” to keep people informed. (These were the days before email!)
The Hot Sheet focuses on developments that have the potential to make a difference to you as an author, with an explanation of why we think you should know.
What’s the price?
We launched in Fall 2015, and during these early days, our charter member rate is $59/year. Once we’re more established, we anticipate raising the price.
Do you have a group rate?
Yes! Email us with information about your group, institution, or business, and we’ll quote you a bulk rate.
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