What is Fictionistas?

Are you a fiction writer on Substack? Do you have questions about how to best use this platform to grow your readership?

Yeah, us too. Join us! Let’s figure it out together.

We are a group of fiction writers on Substack who came together on a Discord server. Some of us are veteran writers who’ve been on Substack since nearly the beginning. Some of us are new writers with ambitious ideas for maximizing Substack’s tools. All of us chose this platform to write and share our stories.

Unfortunately, there are no tried-and-true strategies for publishing fiction on Substack. No set path to walk on for guaranteed success. It’s still the “wild west” for us. Welcome to the saloon.

Fictionistas is a space for fiction writers to get to know each other. A place we can announce virtual meetups and discuss tips and tricks that worked for us. As we grow, we welcome ideas from all fiction writers on Substack on how we can best serve each other as a community.

Jackie Dana, Story Cauldron
Geoffrey Golden, Adventure Snack

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Jackie Dana

As a fiction author, freelance writer, and historian, I enjoy rooting for the underdog and stirring up trouble. Unsurprisingly, my alignment is Chaotic Good.

Nicole Rivera

Creator of all things Stop Writing Alone, started as a podcast in 2019. Rumor has it the motivation for these creations was to legitimize a hoard of stories and storytelling tools, but no official statement has been made concerning this accusation.

Meg Oolders

Writer. Creative. Multitude. Mom.

Geoffrey Golden

Geoffrey is a narrative designer for video games. He's written for Ubisoft, Square Enix, Capcom, and more. He also creates TTRPGs, comics, short interactive fiction, and games for kids to play with robots.

<Mary L. Tabor>

Reader, author, professor, radio show host, columnist. Best advice I ever got? ‘Only connect …’ E.M. Forster. https://marytabor.substack.com

Michael Estrin

Life is funny (sometimes), so that's what I write about here. I also write novels & sometimes I talk about that too.

Lloyd Miner

Founder of The Writing Grove, a creative writing centre in Italy & online. Join my supportive, open & fun writing workshops–plus, posts on genre and the people and places of Southern Italy and the Netherlands

That Guy From the Internet

Recovering advertising copywriter turned high-brow shitposter. I want you to laugh, think, and join me on existential rants. Lover of music and friend to dogs.

Alex S. Garcia

I'm a bilingual (French-English) writer, editor, lyricist, and translator who started publishing in 1989. I specialize in Science-Fiction and Fantasy.

Lorelei Jonason

A survivor of emotional abuse, I write about the journey I've been on towards self-improvement. When I write fantasy, my stories are filled with themes of power and perspective.

John Gibson

Over-educated hillbilly. Ozark enthusiast. Horror writer. Essayist, often about horrifying things.

Heather L Huffman

Author and poet

Brian Reindel 👾⚔️

A wayward journalism graduate who chose writing code over writing obituaries. Both can be deadly depending on who you ask. A husband, father, brother and fellow human. I'm making broad assumptions I've not yet gone interstellar.

Simon K Jones

Writes serial science fiction & fantasy stories. Watty Award winner (a long time ago). Digital Marketing Manager at One Further. European.

William F. Edwards

I have a lot of thoughts about fictional worlds, sometimes ones that I made, sometimes ones other people made.

J.E. Petersen

Writer of fictions and philosophies.

Mark Starlin

Old Bones. Young Heart. Uniquely arranged words.

Ryan Woldt

Coffee lover, author, entrepreneur, and podcaster.

Chevanne Scordinsky

Writer | Leader | World-builder

Winston Malone

I aspire to finish the stories in my head, learn about the publishing industry, and make "indie" work while helping others along the way. Contact me at storyletter@proton.me. I can't wait to meet you!

Anthony Lora

Micro and flash fiction author