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Rally helpful info about Substack! I just signed up today 👏✨
Hello Simon and friends. This is very encouraging. Just what I needed to read.
I'm wondering whether to serialize my vampire-climate change novel 'Nancy and the Count: Vampires' Gold' [Frogmort Press 2023] on Substack.
The hardcopy and e-book were published in August <www.FrogmortPress.com>
I would love to release the novella, and subsequent stories, on a weekly or maybe monthly basis - but wasn't sure if fiction worked on Substack.
I've published a lot of mainstream non-fction [mostly academic and policy stuff on Burma/Myanmar: <www.AshleySouth.co.uk >
But fiction writing and publication are a new for me.
I'll watch the videos. Many thanks!
One challenge will be word count.
Serialisation seems to lend itself to long stories. Min is a 36,000 word novella.
More in the pipeline !
Simon K. Jones of Norfolk, d'you know what a panic attack you just provoked? I mean, there I am, rolling along nicely, in therapy and under treatment, more handlers than an Amazon packing warehouse, and then you pop up asking, "Do you actually KNOW what's in your treatment?"
It's sugar and spice and all things nice. That's what Substack's made of. But I'll read your piece tonight, ta. When my condition's stabilised.
That alleyway is, indeed, rather splendid, but the view from the front, with the two old stone sections rising above the sign, is far more interesting, hinting at the building as it was before development partially-obscured That What Was. It is the small details such as these which give a place character, and show the continuity of change which a location has gone through. While I've no real reason to return to Great Yarmouth any time soon, I'll definitely be looking into the history of that building when I do spend time there.
Substack, for me, is a replacement for Wordpress, which I can no longer access. Most of the things which I posted there were three computers and two email addresses ago, and it doesn't seem worth the hassle to try and return. I very much appreciate these posts which illuminate things I may have skipped over while setting up Substack, or treated as irrelevant to any task at hand.
My lack of commitment to platforms hasn't softened. I'm still using Ko-Fi, and if another website appears to be useful, for any reason, I will add that to my arsenal. Being tied to a single platform, when so much of the internet changes constantly, seems limiting. Maybe my cynicism has increased thanks to what happened with Twitter, but I don't really feel like starting completely from scratch ever again.
i don’t get it. i want to follow one specific person not these ppl i’ve never heard of.
Thankyou for explaining Substack !
Thanks for sharing the information about this platform. It was very helpful.
Somehow, I found this post and I am glad I did. I originally came to Substack through a newsletter email I get and read every workday from a writer with 2+ million subscribers. I have been writing on Medium for about five years, though I do not consider myself a “writer.” Writing is what I do from time to time; being a writer is not what I am, and there is a difference.
Medium has recently changed its algorithm that has messed up the monthly pay for many of the writers, to the point that many are leaving. While I do not do this for a living or even for the revenue, getting a few dollars (or more likely, cents) every month is a nice benefit. I was hoping to see an explanation of how Substack pays. I read something somewhere about it but cannot find that post.
I have also seeing a lot more “how to” stories on Medium, many related to “growing an audience,” which I do not care about, and the “how to make $10,000 a month,” which sickens me. I am also not one who wants to have a presence everywhere; remember, I do this for me, not as a career or even for the money, so finding ONE platform that works best would be nice.
Thank you! Looking forward to your series. I have the app on my phone but will check out sites on my computer now.
This was super helpful!
Simon ... thanks for this post and I look forward to future ones. Did you happen to pick up an actual data point on the percentage of reads on email vs. website?
This is a good primer on Substack. Now, perhaps you can tell me why no one on Substack appears to see my posts on Notes?
Leisureland sounds like a fun place and I kinda want to go there now.
So far the mix of features and the Substack model seems to be working for my small group of readers. It’s always an uphill battle to switch platforms so I hope Substack can maintain this balance.
Is everyone using Midjourney these days? 🤔