tl;dr - Is a sword and sorcery series (episodic, illustrated) following one main character a viable paid newsletter - charging around $2 a month?
What's up guys. I'm sure like many of you, I came across Substack one day and was slightly boggled at how much money I could make a month off less than 500 subscribers. As a budding Indiehacker, it's pretty substantial to me and it looks promising. But, to me a newsletter would never be more than a passion project, just a way for me to satisfy my writer's itch (for now). I want to write on topic that doesn't feel like work.
Apart from product, I'm rather obsessed with swords and sorcery tales. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings nerd. I need to get into more worlds. I always liked the tales of Drizzt (any recommendations would be awesome as well, for reading is a rather new hobby I'm sad to say).
I am world building for my own fantasy novel. Though, I've had this side story as a way to paint the worlds history boiling in my cauldron for a while now, and it would be suitable for a newsletter format. It's an episodic series that doesn't necessarily need to be read in chronological order. Think Conan, minus the racism.
Is this sort of newsletter viable? Should I just go to Medium or somewhere else?
The reason I am considering Substack, or paid newsletters in general, is because like many of you I want a captive audience. I want consistent, loyal readers more than I want a lot of views. That would mean more to me than anything else. I want engagement and feedback. I feel that if I can grow a paid newsletter surrounding my fantasy world, then it will give me confidence as I work on my books. Plus, it couldn't hurt to get paid for it.
What do you guys think? Are paid newsletters worth my time for this venture?