Substack for Absolute Beginners

Welcome to newsletter creation

Karen Cherry
8 min readDec 11, 2022

Want to get started with Substack? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve been on Substack since August 2021 and I earn more than USD $6.5K per year with my Substack newsletter.

Read on to find out what Substack is and how to use it.

What (exactly) is Substack?

Substack is a software platform for reading and writing email newsletters. Writers use Substack to send emails to readers, and for showcasing past emails as online ‘blog’ posts. Readers use Substack to access newsletter emails and posts using the Substack app or online, as well as receiving emails directly to their inbox.

How much does Substack cost?

Substack is free for readers and free for writers of free newsletters. Writers who charge readers a subscription fee pay a small proportion of those fees to Substack.

Is Substack good?

Substack is a cost-effective way to host a blog. Compared to having a website, Substack is an excellent low-cost or no-cost alternative.

Substack is a cost-effective way to email a group of people.

Substack is easy for newsletter writers to use. You don’t need any special technical skills to start a newsletter with Substack. It’s also easy to add features like paid subscriptions and podcasts without any special technical knowledge.



Karen Cherry

Substack writer. Secret tree hugger. Aussie business owner with >$19K revenue on Substack. Refusing to dumb it down.