Dreamfish Press

An experiment in publishing on Substack and Medium

No Employees
Founders Don't Code
Solo Founder
Writing

I've always wanted to be my own publisher--and now I am. Thanks to Medium and Substack, I can explore topics that interest me, experiment with new narrative forms, and share the results with like-minded readers.

October 22, 2020 Published a sample newsletter on Substack

Plus--got a nice surprise for my Medium pub Tarot: A Textual Project! The latest post was noticed and tweeted out by the prestigious Beinecke Library at Yale University. Twenty likes and several retweets in the first few minutes--which is tiny in the Twitterverse, but pretty big for Tarot/history.

October 19, 2020 Medium Tarot pub gets design tweaks, new content

Renaming my SubStack and Medium Tarot projects for better alignment. Continuing to post installments of "The Historical Tarot" on Medium--and so far they have been distributed (promoted by Medium), which has been a really nice surprise. The pub already has 16 followers, which is not a lot--but definitely a start!

October 14, 2020 New domains, and website updates

I'm building out my all-purpose site (cynthiagiles.com) with an assortment of landing pages, each with its own URL. Easier for me to maintain--and keeps design consistent. I can do deeper pages as well, and link them into mini-sites. Very flexible!

October 10, 2020 Started inviting connections to LinkedIn biz page

I'm inviting three contacts every other day--choosing a different type of connection each time, to get an idea of who's willing to follow the page. Also starting to add posts regularly, promoting my pubs and stories on Medium so far. No idea whether this will prove useful, but it's giving me an additional structure.

September 24, 2020 Revised my original product

I originally set up The Constance Project (a Substack newsletter) as a product here on IndieHackers. I made a few timeline entries--but I was working on several other writing projects at the same time, and realized that they were equally important. So I've reconfigured my product to represent my whole publishing portfolio--two Substack newsletters, three Medium publications, and a forthcoming ebook.

I've always wanted to be my own publisher--and now I am. Thanks to Medium and Substack, I can explore topics that interest me, experiment with new narrative forms, and share the results with like-minded readers.