Designing the future of publishing—one novel at a time. ellegriffin.substack.com
What if I write a fantasy series in public?
The sci-fi series Foundation inspired Elon Musk to launch SpaceX. Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea inspired Simon Lake to invent the submarine. Verne’s Clipper of the Clouds inspired Igor Sikorsky to invent the helicopter. Mary Shelley’s use of electricity to rouse Frankenstein’s monster inspired the invention of the defibrillator.
I'm wrote an NFT story for the Loot Universe
I’ve been following Loot Project for awhile now—largely because it was the first NFT project to use words instead of images and I was curious if this would finally be the place where writers could play in the web3 world. It was.
I'm going to write the novel of the future
In 2018, I did a reverse Marie Kondo. Instead of going through all of the things I already own and asking myself whether those things sparked joy, I started from scratch. I asked myself what would bring me joy? Then I got rid of everything that wasn’t that.
Do I even want to write another book?
Three months ago, I penned a post entitled "the one where I get off the internet and start writing fiction again." When I published that post, my day job was in a pretty demanding state and I realized I would only have time for one creative hobby - I decided that hobby was writing my Utopian novel.
To make it as an artist you have to be an entrepreneur
Nishant Jain is the author of SneakyArt, a newsletter in which he secretly draws the world and shares all of his thoughts about it. He also happens to be part of Substack's fellowship program with me where we've been engaging in long discourses about art and how we can make a living doing it.
What I've learned from one year writing a Substack newsletter
It was one year ago that I finished researching my article No One Reads Books (and other truths about publishing), and determined that my best hope as an author was to create a platform for my writing.
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.
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.