I’ve been at this Substack racket for a while now and have thousands of free subscribers and hundreds of paid, and I figure it’s high time I checked in to make sure you’re getting what you came for. After all, the customer is always right... unless they have abhorrently bad opinions, in which case they should be mocked relentlessly (but not publicly; that’s bad for business).
But assuming your opinions aren’t complete garbage, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What type of posts do you enjoy? Is there anything you’d like to see more of? Any topics you’re dying for my take on? General suggestions to make this Substack less of a waste of your time?
Just let me know in the comments anything that comes to mind on how I can better serve you, dear reader. Your feedback is much appreciated… unless it’s like really stupid. But really stupid people wouldn’t have been smart enough to sign up for my Substack. They especially wouldn’t have been smart enough to get a paid subscription, so I know all you paid subscribers especially will have gold suggestions.
I like most of what you've done on Substack (I won't say 'all', because I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting because it was less awesome). The absurdist humor is something I enjoy, and you make it work far better than it should.
I particularly liked Origin Story. I looked forward to seeing those chapters in my inbox.
I also like the short stories you've done based on the worlds you've created (like Hellbender: the Bit). This seems like the right venue for shorter works like that, if they didn't fit into a novel you were writing (or even if they do - sort-of like a sneak peek or teaser). I'd like to see more of those.
I would like others to comment more so I'm not just HOLDING UP THE COMMENTS SECTION BY MYSELF
Just kidding I would echo more short stories.
I really like the short stories, especially the serial form Origin Story. But if you need your muse to be focused on the last Superego book, that's understandable. You can always add more Winston to the Substack, but you should probably reserve that for the paid subscribers and not the unwashed masses.
I know it's not helpful, Frank, but just be you. Some of us think you're incredible.
I loved “Origin Story”. I forget what you titled it, but the stories poking fun at the Star Wars universe were hilarious too.
It wouldn't hurt your writing to dumb it down.
As a free subscriber, I’m getting my money’s worth...
I'd like to see you add more subscribers! What works ... I don't know. The folks below have solid insight.
In general, I find Substack a little too vanilla. One writer's site looks and feels like another. And I have lots of people I genuinely enjoy wanting me to subscribe. But I think the business model is broken. How many $20 (pick a number) subscriptions can I afford? And how much time can you, the writer, put into making your site eye-catching, more engaging every x number of days?
Is federation an answer? Is it even possible in Substack?
So I know I'm not really answering your question, Frank. Apologies. But you got me thinking. I'm at least in the neighborhood. :-) You're doing great work. Keep it up.
I enjoy almost everything you put out there. Most everything you publish is "Fun!" I don't like your anti-Trump/pro-DeSantis stuff. The tone is off. It sounds ugly.
i don't like your riffs on star wars and other tv/movie characters as much as your original characters.
It's been a little while since the last Short Story/Fun Short. I like those!
I'm a broke college student. Otherwise I'd subscribe. Only critique is sometimes when you post short stories, it's hard to keep up and figure out where it started (maybe I'm not looking hard enough?)
It’s not you, it’s me.
Really, I have only a few subscriptions to internet content, and they are all mass market sites. I also only subscribe at the cheapest rates. If not really cheap I don’t subscribe.
Love your writing and have been a reader of yours almost since you stared, including your novels - so you do have some of my money.
Only thing I don’t like of yours, is the now endless Desantis AI shtick.
From IMAO I always liked caption this, and straight line of the day.
I like the brief satires on Star Wars, GI Joe, etc. Those are hilarious and why I subscribe.
I enjoy your snarky but subtle comments about day to day current nonsense. Keep that up please; makes my day better. =)