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Welcome to the only expert guide to Substack!

It’s no wonder people get frustrated, feel confused, don’t see real growth on Substack. There’s a lot of bad advice out there and Substack is a challenging (and amazing!) platform.

Substack Writers at Work is where you learn from an expert.

All the information you receive is based on the advice Substack gave me. This is where you

  • get subscribers,

  • earn an income,

  • build a loyal subscriber base, and

  • produce your best work.

You can’t find this level of expertise, mentorship, and community anywhere else.

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  • Exclusive Cohort Forums (threads) to connect with others on Substack (priceless)

  • The full archive of Substack Mastery Workshops and How to Write on Substack Workshops ($1200)

  • Everything in the paid membership ($80 value)

✨ Lasts one year from your subscription date

NOTE: Paid subscribers, Substack will credit the prorated amount you’ve paid to the amount of the Cohort after you join.

How to upgrade to join the Cohort

2) Get the discounted $80 annual subscription (just ~$7/month) and receive

  • Monthly and on-demand Substack Mastery and Writing Workshops to start to achieve your goals on Substack ($420 value)

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  • Access to the exclusive members-only chat ($ priceless)

  • The paid-members-only archive

There’s a monthly option, but I encourage you to commit to being on Substack with my help for at least a year. It’s a long game. 

What paid subscribers say:

About me

All the guidance you receive is based on the advice Substack gave me. In a nutshell, I’m the creator of two bestselling Substack publications, a Substack Product Lab member, a Substack private consultant, an award-winning HarperCollins author, a former advisory editor at The Paris Review, a freelance writer for The New York Times, etc., a member of the creative writing faculty at Northwestern University.

At the Texas Book Festival

I hold many degrees: M.F.A., M.A., Ph.D. My debut memoir Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins) was an Apple Best Books pick and hailed in The New York Times. Visit my author Substack for the serialized sequel, Cured and Less and Less of More and More. Based in Chicago, I live with my two beloved cats, Sweets and Baby Theo. More than anything, I want a t-shirt that says, Ask me about my cats. (All typos are Baby Theo’s fault.)

Baby Theo (left) and Sweets (right) hard at work on their new novel

Let’s do this.


p.s. I also offer 1-to-1 personalized guidance. No silly marketing tricks. Just your Substack and my expertise. My clients get results—doubling/tripling subscribers, boosting revenue, and attaining Featured Substack status.

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