What will you publish?
I have to say that yet another benefit to posting every day is that this tends to become evident. My brain simply won't produce things outside of the format I've come to hone over the last 150 days in a row, and I'm grateful to have this figured out/on auto pilot for now, so I can think more deeply about other stuff (like my topics).
While I prefer to have an original photo to go with each post, I often end up using the Unsplash stock photo gallery built into Substack. Its a reliable backup.
My only commentary is that, even for fiction writers, I find the journalism-style of 1-2 sentence paragraphs to be appreciated. I read a lot of my substacks via email or on the phone, so long paragraphs can be difficult to keep track of.
Adding pictures also helped transform my substack. https://kevinmcsa6.substack.com/
The ‘Duplicate To Drafts’ is life changing!!!!
I was thinking about publishing my book reports from third grade, all written neatly in cursive. I, of course, am not serious and am only writing this comment to throw my face on this page in a desperate attempt for somebody to notice me and perhaps check out my words, maybe even like them. Who knows? Crazier things have happened. Anyway, it's been real. I've got changes to track.
All about the tinkering. It’s a blend of trying out many of the elements presented here and seeing what sticks best for you! After all, content is nothing unless you can authentically re-create it on a consistent basis and be happy with the results.
Can we get better tools for charts and tables? Right now I have to screenshot which doesn’t look pretty
The tip about duplicating to drafts is a game-changer! My newsletter has a fairly simple format, but this tip saves me significant time in formatting that I can then spend on writing. As a mom of toddlers trying to squeeze in a project for myself, every minute saved is significant. :)
This is really nice, and fun! I’ve enjoyed learning how to treat my Substack as my own publication and getting its own style. It’s messy and chaotic but that’s also me. Some really awesome formats and ideas to work on here.
This is a helpful post, thank you!
Quick note: looks like Leslie Stephens’ “Morning Person” is linked to a different newsletter by accident. 😌
Thanks so much for including Six Things in this!
If you are bored of these installments and prefer all the tips and hacks in one place then all you need is this piece, a bottle of wine 🍷 and make magic happen. Salut 🥃
Duplicate to drafts?! 🤯 This will save me so much time. Instead of dragging and dropping my custom dividers from the mess of my downloads - they now have somewhere to live. Thank you!
As someone just getting started, I appreciate this little series on how-to. Even if my substack is meant to be sort of a free-style journal, I still like knowing what potentially works or doesn't work if I even want to take into a less-free-style place!
I would love a text wrapping feature to put images wherever we want *in* the words. I don't love the disconnect that comes from vertical images taking up so much space between paragraphs or the extensive negative space to each side of an image when I scale an image down. Please consider. 🖤