Can I pledge a Substack?

If you'd like to show your support for a Substack but the writer hasn't enabled paid subscriptions, you can pledge a future subscription.

Once you click on a Subscribe button and enter your email address, you'll see the pledge options: yearly, monthly, or founding member. To continue without pledging, select "No pledge".

 

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Note: If you don't see any pledge options, the writer may not have enabled this feature on their Substack.

Select a plan and click on "Pledge a subscription". On the next page, you'll be able to write a message to the writer of the publication about why you're pledging a future subscription.

After pledging a future paid subscription, you'll receive a confirmation email about how to manage your pledge. Your card will not be charged and your paid subscription will not begin until the Substack turns on paid subscriptions.

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How do I cancel a Pledge?

If you've pledged a paid subscription to a Substack and want to cancel, follow these steps:

  1. Sign into your Substack account and click on your profile icon.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.

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3. Under Subscriptions, click on the publication where you want to cancel your pledge.

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4. This will land you on your account page for that Substack. Scroll to the Account actions section and click on, "To cancel your pledge, click here".

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You'll still be subscribed as a free subscriber and will not be charged if the writer turns on paid subscriptions.

What happens if the writer enables paid subscriptions but they're higher than what I pledged?

If a writer enables payments and the subscription plans are higher than the amount you pledged, then we'll notify you via email about the price change.

For example, if you pledged at $8.00/month but the writer enabled a $10.00/month subscription plan, your pledge won't automatically turn into a $10.00/month subscription.

You'll have the option to become a paid subscriber at the higher rate by clicking on "Subscribe" in the notification email and then you'll immediately become a paid subscriber. 

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