New to Hardihood Books? Start Here.
A Quick Guide.
I wanted to create an anchor post for new visitors to the site to orient themselves. If you’re new around here, this is the post for you.
Hardihood Books is a subscription-based publication platform, hosted by Substack. At the moment, I (Ben Connelly) write all the content. I publish two essays and four short stories every month.1 On the last day of every month, I send my email newsletter to paying subscribers. I also send a monthly roundup email to all subscribers (free and paid) with links to all of the posts from that month.
Two of the posts I publish each month are free. My content ranges from literary fiction to fantasy to science fiction to nonfiction to any other genre I feel like writing. It varies month to month what I’ll make free and what I’ll put behind the paywall, but if I’ve ever made a post free in the past, it won’t go behind the paywall in the future.
You can filter posts by category (Short Stories, Essays, and Newsletters). The padlock symbol indicates that a post is behind my paywall. Posts without that symbol are free to the general public.
Below, I’ve provided a quick roundup of some of my free stories and essays. I recommend checking some of these out to get a feel for what I publish. You can click on any of the titles in this list to avoid scrolling through our archives:
Once you’ve read one or two of those posts, you'll have a better idea of what to expect on the site. For a deeper dive into what Hardihood Books is about, go back to the homepage and click on the “What is Hardihood Books” tab.
If you read a story that you like, please consider sharing it with someone else who might find value in it.
If you would like to help support the work, I would encourage you to go ahead and sign up for a paid subscription. This will also give you access to the entire archive of content, as well as all future content.
The subscription fee is $5 per month. For the price of two cups of coffee (or one depending on where you buy coffee), you can read every short story, essay, and newsletter that I publish. You will also be able to leave comments and interact with me.
If you sign up for a yearly subscription, the price is discounted from $60 ($5x12 months) to $50. If you would like to become a Founding Member, you can do so for the price of $100 (or you can pledge a higher amount).
If you’d like to try it out for a month, you can sign up for $5 and cancel anytime to avoid being billed the following month.
If you are on the fence, I would encourage you to sign up for our free mailing list. You’ll receive my monthly roundup email with links to all of the posts published each month, and the occasional book announcement.
Thanks for reading.
If you’d like to check out my book, here’s a link with all of the retailers and more information. As I publish more books, I’ll continue to update this list:
Unlike other writers on Substack, I don’t email these out. I’d prefer not to clog your inboxes.