Why Write A Book When Substack Pays A Sh*tload More?

Shani Silver
5 min readNov 2, 2023

Beg for permission? To write? Nah.

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I have written a book. I published it myself because after three years of pitching to the book gods and hearing “you’re a great writer, we just don’t see a market,” I decided to stop waiting for someone else’s permission to be who I am: A writer, an author, someone capable of earning a living doing what she loves. So I paid the now defunct…