Why Should I Subscribe to Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives?

Well, that’s really two questions isn’t it? The first one being: “What’s so great about your newsletter, Ron?”

As I wrote in my introductory post, “I’ve been working around books for my entire professional life. I’ve been a bookseller, a book reviewer, a journalist covering the publishing industry, a digital marketing director, a writer, and an acquiring editor… One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that there’s only so much you can read about writing itself—ultimately, the key to becoming a better writer is just to keep writing. But if there’s only so much any of us can say about the craft of writing, there’s also so much to be said about everything around it, whether it’s about the business side of publishing or about the psychological and emotional aspects of the writing life.” And that’s what I’m hoping to share with you on a regular basis.

The second question, then, is: “Fine, but is that really worth $5 a month, or $50 a year? And what do I get for my money that I wouldn’t get if I just didn’t pay you anything?” Okay, I guess that’s a second and a third question, really. Anyway, if you subscribe, for just $5/month, you’ll receive every edition of the newsletter when I send them out— one article every weekend, as opposed to one article every other weekend under the basic plan.

Four articles for $5 comes to $1.25 each, and it’s my hope that you’ll feel that’s a good deal for everything I’ll be sharing with you. (It’s an even better deal if you take the $50/year package!) To be honest, I hope a lot of you feel that way; let’s see how that goes! On my end, I promise to share the best advice and insights I have to give.

How can I read a premium newsletter?

To quote the folks at Substack: “You can read a subscriber-only update in email, or on the website. If you click through from your email you will be automatically logged in. If you come to the website separately, you can log in through the Membership page.”

Can I forward the emails?

Sure, why not? I mean, you might want to enjoy the exclusivity of subscriber-only content, but I’m not going to get bent out of shape if you forward an article to somebody that you think might enjoy it or find it useful. Maybe they’ll decide to subscribe, too! (And, of course, there’s always the basic access content, which is already freely available, so I’m certainly not going to mind if you pass that around.)