The tools, new and old, that Substack offers to collaborate with fellow writers and expand your reach.
Okay, someone needs to start a match-making Substack for writers in search of a pen pal!
(Please tell me if someone already has.)
Looking through the comments, I see a lot of folks wanting to exchange letters with others on a certain theme or topic, but not sure how to get connected.
Love that Substack is slowly reviving the best parts of the mid-late 2000s blog era. Back and forth exchanges were a key aspect of that network and always a joy to see direct exchange of idea.
I'm currently working on a Substack Letters series with another Substacker and we are handwriting physical letters to accompany our newsletter posts. Hopefully we'll be able to share this early in 2023!
I, too, love this idea and agree Substack is bringing back the best parts of 2000s blogging creating connection between writers and also finding niche audiences for subjects. I would love to find a partner who is interested in co-hosting a letters exchange on TV and pop culture. I would welcome the back and forth and cultural exchange of ideas.
I love how many of the new Substack features are an invitation to creativity! I'm immediately thinking of all the great epistolary conversations--Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick, Anais Nin and Henry Miller... I can imagine so many ways to use these tools in the service of interesting writing. I was already planning to use the mention and crossposting tools this upcoming Friday, when Juke will have a guest post from another Substack writer. But I hadn't thought of "letters" and now I'm curious to try that out. It's so great to see Substack continuing to encourage long-form thought and conversation. Thank you!!
This is all really helpful and you can see how these changes are creating something special on Substack that you won't find on Ghost, Wordpress, Medium, etc.
Just yesterday: I had a fun exchange with some other writers in the comments section of an On Substack post. We subscribed to one another's publications and took some of the conversations offline into email. Shortly after that, one of those writers sent me a 900-word essay in response to a story request I'd posted and pinned a few weeks ago. Very cool!
Love this so much! Looking for contributors for letters and guest posts for my Substack – has to do with sexuality, BDSM, monogamy vs non-monogamy…
I love the spirit of collaboration on this platform (and absence of critics and trolls!) So refreshing. Looking forward to collaborating with other writers who overlap with topics around psychology, yoga, spirituality, trauma, life, aging and much more 😊
This is such an exciting development. I find myself reading to the end of all Substack origin emails. I'm cant wait to see what new thing is being introduced. Now I will be looking to write letters with someone. I love the optimism!
I loved exchanging a guest post with Domenica Marchetti from @domenicacooks - that helped us grow our reach and meet new interesting people and reader!
I'm so glad to be a part of Substack! It's an incredibly positive abd great platform for freelance journalists and writers as I am, but I often wonder if Substack is going to growing for the Spanish-speaking world. (Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world, after Mandarin)
I've been on Substack for just 1 month, and everything I've published son far has been in Spanish, yet, little by little I've been growing my follower base, even without domingo any promotions. I wonder if Letters has any other Spanish-language writer?
Thank you for mentioning the Mason Currey logo story!
It was such a serendipitous occurrence made possible by the spontaneity of the chat feature (and the ability to share images in chat: thank you for that feature).
This is an exciting update from substack. I am inclined to start a letter exchange on a number of important topics. Thank you for the new functionality additions!
Thanks for highlighting Notes From Three Pines! It was one of the most fun, rewarding things I did this year! Our contributors all got a boost in subscribers and we just really enjoyed doing it. Already planning similar projects in the future!
These are super helpful tools for writers and I plan to be using a lot more of them. One feature suggestion. Would you consider making it possible for us to see which of our subscribers are writing publications ? And also which of are LinkedIn, Email contacts? This would give me a great starting point for collaborations and cross-promotion.
Hi Substack! Any suggestions for the best way for two writers to launch a Substack together, who want it to be a collaboration? (And to be clear, they want the newsletter itself to be a collab vs. cross-posting between two authors.) Thank you in advance if anyone has suggestions!