08 May Episode 156: #WhenFansPay Talking to Lyz Lenz about using Substack and a subscriber model to get paid for your work
It’s hard enough to start a subscriber email. But what if you asked your fans to pay for it? It’s so crazy it just might work.
Hello from the Mom 2.0 conference, where Jess and I just did a panel on Launching a Speaking Career. More on that in an upcoming episode–but meanwhile, this one’s a real thought-provoker. Most of us struggle with what’s a good use of our time in our writing careers. We’ve talked a lot about the value of an email subscriber list when it comes to selling books and sharing your work–but what if the email is your work, or becomes a way to share your work?
Journalist Lyz Lenz uses Substack to share a largely subscriber-only email with a group of readers/fans whose financial support has helped to carry her through the ups and downs of a freelance career.
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Lyz Lenz’s fave is Next Page Books in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Bart knows all the local gossip and has always been a great supporter of my work.”
This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template (the one KJ swears by).
If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship.