Monday, January 02, 2023

5 Best Substack Newsletters on Writing


I've recently discovered a new place to publish, it's called Substack.  An easy-to-use emailing platform that allows you to earn, if you so wish, and enables you to do email marketing without the complicated setup of other paid for email marketing programs.

Substack is more like a publishing platform than email marketing tool and enables anyone to publish an email style blog post for their readers without paying a penny for the privilege of using the platform.  The really unique thing is most people that enter the platform don't have to subscribe, they can just read whatever is on offer.  And you don't need any techy knowledge to start your own Substack newsletter.  Oh and did tell you there isn't an advert in sight, nor are there any algorithms at work when you use it.

If you do choose to publish through Substack you can turn on paid subscriptions and Substack will keep a 10% cut of revenues for operating costs that go towards development and customer support of the platform.  In other words they only make money when writers do.

Let's take a look at some of the writer's currently using Substack.

1. A Writer's Notebook By Summer Brennan

Summer Brennan shares her essays, works in progress, cultural criticism, art finds and writing craft talks in her Substack newsletter.

2. Craft Talk By Jami Attenburg

A weekly newsletter from New York Times Bestselling author Jami Attenberg "on writing and publishing & living a creative life, an outgrowth of the #1000wordsofsummer project."

"At the end of it all, you will have a big pile of words and a sense of accomplishment and hopefully the inspiration to keep going."  Jami Attenburg.

3. Tim Lott's Writing Boot Camp

Author of the Penguin Modern Classic "The Scent of Dried Roses" (1996), and an independent writing mentor for the last ten years.  

Tim Lott offers writer's the opportunity to learn from him, and can pay through three different levels of subscription.

4. Writing With the Seasons By Gemma Seltzer

Gemma Seltzer shares her love of seasonal writing, along with her experiences as a writer, facilitator and coach.  

5. Story Club with George Saunders

Writer, professor and winner of the Man Booker Prize, George Saunders brings you a twice-daily dive into short stories and the craft of writing.  When you start reading his newsletters you'll feel like you're sitting in the front row of a class taught by a true master.

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