Writer Office Hours 📅

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

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

We’re gathering the writer community and members of the Substack team together in this discussion thread to answer writer questions for an hour.

Drop your questions in the thread by leaving a comment, and we’ll do our best to share knowledge and tips. Our team will be answering questions and sharing insights with you in the thread today from 10 a.m.–11 a.m. PST / 1 p.m.–2 p.m. EST. We encourage writers to stick around after the hour and continue the conversation together. 

Some brand-new product updates from the Substack team:

  • Video. This week, we announced the rollout of a native video player on Substack. With this feature—currently in private beta—you can upload or record videos directly into a Substack post. If you’d like to try this new video feature on your publication now, fill out this form to request to join the beta test. Stay tuned for the public rollout in a few weeks.

  • Word count. You asked, we listened, and the Substack editor now displays word count! To see the word count for a post, hover your cursor between the “Version history” and “Settings” buttons at the bottom of the editor. Your word count will appear there.

  • Right-to-left script. Good news for writers writing in Arabic, Hebrew, Pashto, Urdu, and Sindhi: Substack now supports right-to-left script. Just start typing in your language of choice, and the Substack editor will align your text accordingly.

We’ll be back next week with our first Shoutout Thread of 2022. Join us on Thursday, Feb. 3, and come ready to share what you’ve been reading and inspired by recently on Substack. Save it to your calendar so you don’t miss it.