The End of an Era, and the Beginning of Another
Rachel Bradley's Newsletter #15
This is the last newsletter you'll receive from me here on Substack.
...but this is not the end! In fact, I'm rather hoping it's the beginning. From here on out, the newsletter will be hosted on Gumroad (where I sell my reference photos) instead.
Starting Monday, I am:
Disabling my Patreon and Substack memberships
Using Gumroad to send out my newsletters instead
Creating a new (and very exciting) higher tier of membership
If you’re a free subscriber, you don’t need to do anything (yay!)
If you are a premium subscriber, your subscription will end and if you want to continue on, you’ll have to join anew over on Gumroad.
In addition to the premium newsletter, patrons of the new higher tier will gain exclusive access to content and development for my novel, The Sum of Our Deeds. You will see sneak peeks and info that won't go out to the public, status updates, early release artwork, exclusive development sketches and join a dedicated Discord community for paying subscribers only. I may even ask for feedback/suggestions/additions and get you to vote on things when I'm torn!
After years of evolution and exploration, my novel is finally at a stage where I can share without fear of everything changing. It's become so real, and I'm ready to invite you all in. I'm ready for you to meet my characters, explore my world and discover why the project is so passionately important to me.
And, if you sign up today, you'll get the first week for free!
So, why the change?
Splitting my subscriptions across multiple platforms added a tonne of extra work and ate significantly into my time.
Substack's fees are more than 3x higher, and Patreon's just under 3x higher, than the fees I pay on Gumroad (yikes!).
Gumroad is already my primary base of operations, with high traffic and active users.
While I think Substack is awesome, not many in our community are familiar with it yet, leading to a lot of hesitancy to get involved. Gumroad is much better known in our circles!
That’s all! I hope to see some of you over there! <3
Weekly prompts to encourage self-reflection and help you discover impactful things about yourself, your art and your career.
When you were younger, did you ever dream about being older? Why? Is that something you can celebrate more?
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Reference bundles are fantastic: You get a wider variety of images for much cheaper than if you bought them individually.
This pack combines some of Reference.Pictures most popular packs, giving you insane value for money (in this case, that's 1 cent per image!).
Zita Varga (below):
Haley Laidlaw (below):
Craig R. Werkheiser (below):
That's all for this week's free newsletter. In case you're curious what you missed out on, this week's premium newsletter contained:
Worldbuilding: A (maybe) living legend
Visual Inspiration: Capturing that blown out, hazy beach lighting
Reference Image: Swooshy dress
Personal Update: What we've been up to offline
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