On selling your book on Substack, making the most of Substack’s recommendations network, and making her newsletter a full-time business.
I wonder how many successful Substacks are *not* mainstream journalists defecting from newspapers like NYT.
That was surprisingly helpful.
I appreciated these tips!! Super helpful advice.
it always seems like the #1 key to success is to "get a wildly famous Substack to recommend you"
easier said than done
Brava, Melinda! Thanks for all you’ve done for the writer community and sharing these strategies.
I love these kinds of posts-interviews. Love hearing how other creators are building on Substack.
I’ve started a newsletter to help people navigate web3, crypto and personal growth:
So this is really appreciated ❤️❤️
Great interview, love the topic of Melinda’s newsletter. I don’t have children myself but my brother has two and even an auntie needs some tips. It’s good to see a parenting newsletter grow and be financially sustainable. It gives me more hope for fiction.
So so helpful and encouraging! Thank you so much.
So happy to see you in the Grow series, Melinda! I’m also a parenting writer, so your tips really resonate. I appreciate the clarity of your newsletter goals, and your mindful and deliberate approach to meeting them. Thank you for sharing so generously.
Thanks for sharing how to grow! Melinda's comments are inspiring. Continued success to all.
I was thinking of adding paid content to my newsletter in the not too distant future, so this is very encouraging to read. And well done, Melinda, on your hard-earned well-deserved success! 💕
For someone growing a digital writing business from scratch (after walking away from 6-figure salary in Apr. '22) - I really appreciate these kinds of posts-interviews. Love hearing how other creators, writers, authors are building on Substack. :)
"Earlier this winter, I sent out a paid newsletter with a free preview in which I admitted that I didn’t really have a proper newsletter to share because I’d just stabbed myself in the eye with scissors."
Haha, this is awesome!
It sounds like Melinda puts so much thought and care into her reporting and writing, and provides a much needed service for her readers. Not surprising she's done so well. Very inspiring!
This was a great read in particular seeing the steps and stats broken down into detail! It would be awesome the see the same kind of breakdown from a non-established writer, who went fro building a sub-stack audience to getting published.
For someone starting a newsletter like me, seeing the numbers and how the newsletter grew was very interesting. In moments of uncertainty, I will remember Melinda's tips and strategies. Thank you for sharing with us, Melinda.
That was great. Just started out (240 subscribers) and this is really helpful. Especially about the book, cause I'm also an author