I will save you from spending years flailing around on Substack, trying to figure out the platform, and not getting any traction.
Book a single meeting:
Or a discounted 3-meeting package to get $25 off:
Substack is the best platform for writers—financially, professionally, and artistically—and the hardest to succeed on. Don’t do it alone.
This will be the best money you’ve ever spent. I don’t say that lightly. Just ask the writers who’ve met with me. Their Substacks have
doubled and tripled in subscribers,
seen a sharp increase in revenue,
gotten real engagement, and
been chosen as Featured Substacks–the pinnacle of quality on the platform.
What will we cover?
The only way to succeed on Substack is to get personalized guidance. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all. What works for one writer won’t work for another.
Each 30-minute Zoom meeting with me is the most efficient and effective way to achieve your goals.
Most people need three or more meetings to achieve what they want from their Substacks and their writing. I say this so you can get the discount.
In three sessions, we will
sharpen the value you offer,
develop a content calendar, so you can produce your very best work (perhaps to draw agents and editors),
develop a paid strategy to increase your subscribers,
find simple ways for you to build community to keep subscribers,
master the art of the perfect Substack post (write less, go deep, use your voice),
design your Substack to reflect you as a writer, and
hone your long-term vision.
No tricks. No silly marketing tactics. I share with you the advice the folks at Substack gave me.
Why should I spend the money to work with you?
“More than worth the money.” —Joyce Wycoff, Gratitude Mojo
You can’t find this level of mentoring, attention, and expertise anywhere else. No one else has the relationship with Substack that I do and specializes in the unique nature of the platform, how it can be used to earn an income, and how it complements traditional publishing and all aspects of a writer’s career.
I share with you my experience as
the creator of two bestselling, featured Substack publications;
an award-winning author at HarperCollins;
a member of Substack’s Product Lab;
a freelance writer at The New York Times and elsewhere;
a former advisory editor at The Paris Review; and
a creative writing professor at Northwestern University.
Who I work with
Ultimately, I love helping anyone who wants to succeed on Substack.
I’ve helped some of the best writers and most talented people on Substack: the memoirists and creative writers
and, the food writer , the incredible journalist , creatives and designers like and , those just starting out, and those that have been on Substack for years.
What Substack writers say about working with me
» Book a single meeting or a discounted 3-meeting package
A bit more about me
I have many writing and literature degrees and letters after my name—M.F.A., M.A., Ph.D. I’m the author of the journalistic memoir Pathological: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses (HarperCollins):
I write for many publications, including Oprah Daily, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and The Paris Review, where I was an advisory editor. I’m the recipient of the Hopwood Award for Literature and grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. My essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and chosen as notable mentions in Best American Essays.
I live in Chicago with my two beloved cats, Siddhartha (a.k.a. Mr. Sweets) and Baby Theo. More than anything, I want a t-shirt that says, Ask me about my cats.