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For topics that merit further explanation—any story that might retain meaning for your long-term decision making—we delve deeper, with informed analysis and perspective. Get nuanced insights on complex issues that affect all authors.

New opportunities and ventures

We gather up announcements of new publishing imprints, literary agents, reviewers, podcasts, and anything else that might represent an opportunity or a signal as to where the market is headed.

Links of interest

Every issue includes links to 10-20 other stories being shared and discussed in the writing and publishing community. These are categorized to help you quickly identify what’s relevant to you.

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Each issue ends with statistics or data points about the market, from reliable sources.


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Meet our founder and editor

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Jane Friedman

Jane 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 writer who works independently. Learn more.

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