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An unpublished version of a newsletter or post.

What is a draft in Substack?

A draft in Substack refers to a piece of writing or content that has been created but not yet published. It is a preliminary version of a post that allows the author to write, edit, and refine their content before it is made public. This feature provides the flexibility to work on a post over time, without the pressure of immediate publication.

Drafts in Substack can be saved and accessed later, allowing the author to return to their work at their convenience. They can also be shared with others for feedback before publication. Once the author is satisfied with their content, the draft can be published as a post to their Substack newsletter. This feature is particularly useful for authors who want to ensure their content is polished and well-structured before it reaches their audience.

How much does it cost to draft in Substack?

Substack is a platform that allows writers to send digital newsletters directly to their subscribers. The cost of drafting in Substack is essentially free. The platform allows writers to create and send newsletters at no cost. They only charge a fee when writers choose to monetize their newsletters by charging their subscribers.

The fee charged by Substack when you decide to monetize your newsletter is 10% of your subscription revenue. This means if you charge your subscribers $5 per month, Substack will take $0.50. Additionally, there is a credit card processing fee of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction, which is charged by Stripe, the payment processor Substack uses. So, while drafting and sending newsletters is free, there are costs associated with monetizing your content on Substack.

How to save a draft in Substack?

To save a draft in Substack, you first need to start creating a new post. You can do this by clicking on the "New Post" button on your dashboard. Once you've started writing your post, Substack will automatically save your work as a draft every few seconds. This means that you don't have to worry about losing your work if your computer crashes or you accidentally close the tab.

However, if you want to manually save your draft, you can do so by clicking on the "Save" button located at the top right corner of the screen. After you've saved your draft, you can exit out of the post and it will be stored in the "Drafts" section of your dashboard. You can return to it at any time to continue writing or to publish it.

Can you edit a draft in Substack?

Yes, you can edit a draft in Substack. Substack provides a user-friendly interface that allows you to create, save, and edit drafts of your newsletters before you publish them. When you start creating a new post, it is automatically saved as a draft. You can access your drafts at any time by going to your dashboard and clicking on the "Drafts" tab.

To edit a draft, you simply need to click on the title of the draft you want to edit. This will open the draft in the editor where you can make any changes you want. Once you're done editing, you can either save the changes and keep the post as a draft, or you can choose to publish it. Substack also allows you to schedule your posts for future publication.

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