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Here’s what you’ll find in every issue.
Every issue leads with to-the-point summaries of news for writers. Stay up-to-date on what everyone is talking about.
Three in-depth articles with bottom-line takeaways
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.
Each issue ends with statistics or data points about the market, from reliable sources.
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In 2020, The Hot Sheet was named Media Outlet of the Year by Digital Book World. Publisher Jane Friedman was also honored as Publishing Commentator of the Year in 2019.
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We read all of the industry magazines and newsletters (some of which are quite expensive), and cherry-pick the information relevant for authors. We also scan popular blogs, message boards, and communities to bring you news of important discussions.
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Meet the Team
Editor / founder
Jane is the former publisher of Writer’s Digest. She spent 15 years in traditional publishing, including a stint at the award-winning Virginia Quarterly Review, and now works independently. Learn more.
Nicole is a freelance writer and editor with over twenty years of experience. She started by proofreading for the World Bank in Washington, DC, and later worked at F&W Media in Cincinnati. Learn more about Nicole.
Mark spent 20 years in book production, procurement, and supply chain management before joining Jane’s business. He handles production and customer service for The Hot Sheet. Learn more about Mark.
Frequently Asked Questions
We come out every two weeks on Wednesday, around noon Eastern Time.
The Hot Sheet is an email newsletter. Every issue will arrive via email.
The newsletter was founded in August 2015 by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson. It is now published and edited by Jane Friedman.
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If you become a trial subscriber, you’re welcome to ask and we’ll send you links to anything relevant we’ve published.
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