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Every issue recaps the latest news in publishing that’s relevant to writers.

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For topics of long-term merit, we delve deeper, with informed analysis and perspective. Get nuanced insights on complex issues that affect all authors.


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All in one place: announcements of new publishing imprints, literary agents, reviewers, podcasts, and anything else that might represent an opportunity or signal as to where the market is headed.

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 important to you.

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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 2023.

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We’ve been in the publishing industry for more than 20 years, working for small and large operations, and at an executive level. We know the histories and biases of all the players.

Gives you a front-row seat at industry events and conferences

Since 2004, we have spoken at and attended major industry shows, such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, and more. We attend events every year for the sole purpose of reporting back to you on trends.

Distills dozens of industry publications in one place

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.

Searchable archive of all published content

The Hot Sheet has been publishing every 2 weeks since 2015. Our site archive includes more than 2,000 articles, entirely searchable by keyword, category, and date. Premium subscribers get full archive access once the trial period is over.

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Literary agent

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Meet the Team

Jane Friedman, photo by Ross Van Pelt

Jane Friedman

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 Klungle

Nicole Klungle


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 Griffin

Mark Griffin

Production director

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often does The Hot Sheet publish?

We come out every two weeks on Wednesday, around noon Eastern Time.

How is The Hot Sheet delivered?

The Hot Sheet is an email newsletter. Every issue will arrive via email.

When did The Hot Sheet start?

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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Do you have a searchable archive of all content you’ve published?

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