Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Now anyone can start a newsletter on Substack

Today, we’re announcing the launch of our open beta, which gives anyone the ability to start a newsletter, paid or free, on Substack. To get started, go to substack.com/beta-signup.

We’ve been blown away by the early interest and feedback from writers and readers, so we have worked as fast as possible to make it simple for more people to start a paid newsletter. You can start making money from paid subscriptions to your newsletter within minutes.

At the same time, we’ve found that the best way to set yourself up for success with a paid model is to start with a successful free newsletter. If you already have a newsletter, we’ve made it easy to import your existing subscriber list into Substack. And if you don’t? Well, we’ve also made it easy for anyone to start a free newsletter on Substack, with no subscriber limits and for no charge. When you’re ready to add a paid option, you can connect a Stripe account and start accepting subscriptions with a single click.

These are the early days for Substack, and we’re all figuring out this model together. If you’re new to this, you can learn as we learn. For instance, when you sign up, we send you an email with tips for getting started and an invitation to join a Slack group where Substack publishers can connect with each other.

We’re excited to move into the open beta phase of Substack and can’t wait to read your newsletters. Meanwhile, we’ll be working every day to improve the product. Thank you for your support so far.

Got any feedback? Send it to hello@substack.com.