Writer Office Hours 📅

Have questions about publishing, growing, or going paid on Substack? 

The Substack team, and your fellow writers, are here to help! 

Today we’re gathering the writer community and members of our Community, Product, and Writer Development teams together in a thread to answer writer questions for an hour. 

  • Looking for new ways to get to know your readers?
    Some inspiration: Stained Pages News hosts a book club and Walk It Off recently hosted a thoughtful discussion thread. Notice how active Isaac, the author of Walk It Off, was in the discussion.

  • Want to discover more great writers on Substack?
    The Substack homepage, the discover tab in Reader, and reader profiles are great resources. You can reply directly to any email a Substack writer sends to get in touch, or use the new post replies feature to build on a fellow writer’s ideas.

    Pro tip: approach other writers’ Substacks as a student. There is something to learn about format, promotion, and platform features from the way each writer uses Substack.

  • Are you planning to launch paid subscriptions?
    To get started, check out the launch guide we created as part of Substack Grow. Writers like Melinda Moyer follow the best practices of launch by writing a clear, thoughtful launch post on Substack and creating an abbreviated version to tease on social media.

Drop your questions in the thread and we’ll do our best to supercharge each other.

Our team will be in the thread today from 9 am - 10 am PDT / 12 pm - 1 pm EDT answering questions with you.

Next week we have two special guests: Tim and Mike from Substack’s legal team. We will open the thread early and host the live portion later in the day to accommodate more writers. Bring your legal questions.

Save it to your calendar so you don’t miss it.