Writing novels—and a newsletter about creating art for a living. ellegriffin.substack.com
What if we fund artists the way we fund startups?
Margaret Atwood has a new novel coming out in 2114. You read that correctly: the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale will publish her last book Scribbler Moon long after we are dead. We won't get to read it, our kids won't get to read it, but maybe their kids will - and that's kind of the point.
I crowdfunded a novel using crypto (and minted the chapters as NFTs)
I was recently texting back and forth with a certain startup founder turned angel investor turned crypto enthusiast named Scott Paul. He’s something of a personality in Utah’s crypto scene—not only has he successfully founded and funded four startups (and invested in countless others), but he also owns an eccentric number of wigs and has a tendency to teach crypto classes at BYU dressed like Jesus—this is kind of what he is going for.
The FIRE Movement is How I Can Afford to be a Full-Time Writer
When my husband and I were 25 years old, we had coffee at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park and planned our whole lives together.
Writing Books is Not a Good Idea
The New York Times caused a stir recently when, in an article about pandemic book sales, it disclosed that “98 percent of the books that publishers released in 2020 sold fewer than 5,000 copies.”
I Quit the Internet to Write My Next Book
During the summer of 2021, I stopped writing novels to write this newsletter instead. It was part of an initiative I called my full-send summer. Now the summer has ended and I am heading back into the process of writing novels — only to find that it’s different this time.
No one will read your book
After I completed my first novel, I had dreams of a beautiful black book, its ivory pages sewn into the binding, the title embossed in gold leaf, a single red ribbon denoting the place where a reader might pause in their reading, adrift in another world.