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You, Erica, have been the lighthouse that has steered so many of us away from the rocks as waves of doubt and inexperience have threatened to dash us against them. You have been so generous with your time, advice and inspiration. Very touched that you included us in your list - very. Thank you. And super excited to read your unfolding long form fiction. We’ll be watching and learning.

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I can understand your frustration and am glad you were here to help.

Acting under your guidance, I fixed my About page and updated my email headers with each piece I released.

Thank you for taking the time to compile that list.

When you release your next fiction book, I'll buy it.

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Good luck with your fiction endeavours!

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Erica, your words and advice have not gone unheeded, and I believe many of us, including me, have much to thank you for. My lamentable organization has improved over time, with each new tweak, and each time I visit your, or other writers', "welcome" and "about" pages, and menus. Less of the default remains, and more of me comes forward, thanks in part to you. Your own stories are what we hope to see more of, indeed.

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My goal is to have the most esoteric Substack that ever existed. It will be an impenetrable fortress with endless pitfalls and 404 pages. I'm thinking Goblet of Fire maze, with subscribe buttons masquerading as portkeys to other stories and random pages. Will it be frustrating to the reader? Yes. Will it result in more subscriptions? Probably not. Will it be an adventure into the reader's perseverance to solve puzzles and read mediocre fiction? Most certainly.

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Lest you think you're shouting into the void, your post reminded me I'm overdue for updating my welcome/about pages now that I'm serializing a story as well as writing random opinion posts! Thank you!

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A few days ago I spent several hours to check and update all the navigation links. Every chapter starts with back to the previous and a start here. End of the chapter has a link to the following. To be very clear, here one can find my first chapter:

https://open.substack.com/pub/bertus/p/tcotnk-chapter-1?r=fcm5o&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post

Does anyone know if there is a good way to offer an e-book download for paid subscribers within Substack?

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I think after everything you’ve done for so many of us Erica, you deserve to spend some of that valuable time on your own projects, réalise your own dreams. You’ve been a guiding force of kind and practical advice for me from the start and I don’t ever forget kindnesses!! 🙏🏽

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Thanks, Erica. Challenges yes, but carefully selected challenges. After 38 years it’s time for me to focus, dang it!!! 😄

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I am excited for you fiction, and appreciate the advice you have provided. (Your about page advice being a piece that helped a lot in my initial writing of it, and again when I've reworked it since - it's not perfect and I'll continue to improve, but I felt more confident about doing it after your post!)

It is hard to accept when it's time to take a step back on something, but it's important to know when to do so in order to let the next thing flourish. I hope in this you have find a weight release from your shoulders and a fire burn brighter for your next projects. It all sounds very exciting!

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Not starting my Substack before I’d figure out everything. And yes, your posts are fckng helpful. Thank you!

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Love this and I appreciate your transparency and vulnerability. The greatest thing about writing is that it allows you to be nimble to follow YOUR path. Focus on the passion is priority one. I appreciate your stuff and look forward to reading more.

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Good for you. There will always be someone around to mentor other/junior writers but there will only be one YOU. I’m glad to hear you’re finally focusing on your work.

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Good for you for getting back to your passion. I understand the desire to share knowledge and expertise, but time is so precious! Best of luck in your 2024 endeavors. Looking forward to hearing from you 😁

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Been following you for a while and I’m so grateful for your efforts. I haven’t started a Substack YET because of the exact reasons you’ve listed. I have to get all my ducks in a row before I can start writing about them!

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