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Additional authors contributing to a newsletter.

What are co-authors in Substack?

Co-authors in Substack are individuals who collaborate on the creation of a publication. They can contribute to the writing, editing, and overall production of the content. This feature allows multiple people to work together on a single Substack newsletter, sharing the responsibilities and tasks involved in producing and managing the publication.

The co-author feature in Substack is particularly useful for teams or partnerships, as it allows for a more streamlined and efficient workflow. It also provides an opportunity for a diverse range of voices and perspectives to be included in a single publication. Co-authors can also share in the revenue generated from the publication, making it a potentially profitable collaborative endeavor.

How to add co-authors in Substack?

To add co-authors in Substack, you first need to ensure that you have a paid subscription plan as the co-author feature is not available in the free version. Once you have a paid subscription, you can add co-authors by going to your dashboard and selecting the 'Settings' option. From there, navigate to the 'Permissions' section where you will find the option to add co-authors.

Click on 'Add a co-author' and enter the email address of the person you want to add. They will receive an invitation to join your publication as a co-author. Once they accept the invitation, they will be able to write and publish posts under their own name. They will also have access to the same analytics and subscriber list as you. However, they will not have the ability to change the publication's settings or add other co-authors.

Can you have multiple authors on Substack?

Yes, you can have multiple authors on Substack. Substack allows for the creation of multi-author publications, where more than one writer can contribute to a single newsletter. This feature is particularly useful for collaborative projects or organizations with several contributors. Each author can have their own profile and byline, and they can also be assigned different roles, such as admin, editor, or writer, depending on their level of involvement in the publication.

However, it's important to note that the multi-author feature is only available on paid Substack plans. The primary account holder is responsible for the subscription payments and any revenue generated is paid to the primary account holder, who would then be responsible for distributing payments to other authors.

How does revenue sharing work with co-authors on Substack?

Substack operates on a subscription model where readers pay to access content from their favorite writers. When it comes to revenue sharing with co-authors, the primary author who owns the Substack account is responsible for managing the financial arrangements. Substack does not directly facilitate revenue sharing between co-authors.

The platform charges a 10% fee on the subscription revenue, while the rest goes to the author. If there are co-authors involved, the primary author would need to manually distribute the earnings based on their agreed-upon arrangement. This could be a 50-50 split, a percentage based on contribution, or any other method the authors agree upon. It's important for co-authors to have a clear agreement in place to avoid any potential disputes.

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