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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Fictionistas is a community for fellow fiction writers on Substack


Jackie Dana

I have four Substacks: Story Cauldron, storycauldron.substack.com, Unseen St. Louis, unseenstlouis.substack.com, Fictionistas, fictionistas.substack.com, and The Wonderful Books of Oz, readingoz.substack.com.

Heather L Huffman

Author and poet

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.

Michael Mohr

Pushcart-Prize-nominated writer of fiction. Book editor. Deep thinker. Rational contrarian. Boundary-pusher. Troublemaker.

J.E. Petersen

Writer of fictions and philosophies.

Michael Estrin

Life is funny (sometimes), so that's what I write about. I also write fiction that some people have called "funny."

Ryan Woldt

Coffee lover, author, entrepreneur, and podcaster.

Chevanne Scordinsky

Writer | Leader | World-builder

Winston Malone

I’m a fiction writer with aspirations of finishing the stories in my head, learning about the industry, making "indie" work, and helping others along the way. Send me a message at storyletter@proton.me. Can't wait to meet you!

Anthony Lora

Micro and flash fiction author

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.

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.

Simon K Jones

Father, husband, writer. Writes serial science fiction & fantasy stories. Watty Award winner. Digital Marketing Manager at OneFurther. European.

<Mary L. Tabor>

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

Tom Pendergast

Writer and editor; former cybersecurity executive; hobbies include baking, birding, mountaineering, photography, reading, track driving, trail running, travel, and more. Lives in Snohomish, WA.

Mark Starlin

Old Bones. Young Heart. Uniquely arranged words.

That Guy From the Internet

A guy with a face at a time and a place.

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.