This is great, Mike!
You obviously have a plan and I love it. A little insight from my side though is that including affiliation is in so many ways going against what Medium stands for.
There is a peace of mind that comes with people having to read without stumbling through so many affiliate links in a piece, except of course if I am taking this in all wrong.
I think I love the part where useful resources get across for both readers and writers and especially the book review the most. That way, you will not only record exponential growth by driving massive traffic from both readers and writers to the publication but literally adding value to their life (our life).
But then again this is subject to deliberation.