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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As a fiction author, freelance writer, and historian, I enjoy rooting for the underdog and stirring up trouble. Unsurprisingly, my alignment is Chaotic Good. My Substacks: Unseen St. Louis, Story Cauldron, and Fictionistas.
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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.
Reader, author, professor, radio show host, columnist. Best advice I ever got? ‘Only connect …’ E.M. Forster. https://marytabor.substack.com
Human in LA. Husband. Dog dad. Writing slice of life humor @ Situation Normal. Writing about business and tech @ Thought Partner.
Recovering advertising copywriter turned semi-literary shitposter. I want you to laugh, think, and join me on existential rants. Lover of music and friend to dogs.
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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.
American professional writer, almost 25 years in Europe; publications spans travel, fiction, culture and history to security and current events. Formerly of Lonely Planet, The Economist, and Jane's.
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