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The paid edition of Episodes is live!

And there's a special deal until Christmas!


Emily VanDerWerff

Dec 09 2020

2 min read


As we’ve previously discussed, I’m launching a new, paid edition of Episodes, uh, right now! You can get full details here, but here are the Cliff’s notes:

Episodes is moving to a thrice-weekly publishing schedule — Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Here’s what those editions will entail:

  • Mondays: The free newsletter, written by me
  • Wednesdays: Freelance pieces commissioned from other writers, whom I will pay (subscriber supported) (starts Jan. 6, 2021)
  • Fridays: Emily recaps TV (subscriber supported) (starts Dec. 18, 2020 with Avatar: The Last Airbender)

I’ll also try to do a weekly discussion thread on some pop culture topic or another. Some will be open to everyone; most will only be for subscribers.

What will it cost you? I’m glad you asked!

Most of the time, a subscription will cost $5 per month or $50 for the whole year. But if you sign up right now, you can get a special deal — $4 per month or $40 for the whole year. And if I’ve done it right, that rate will apply as long as you’re a subscriber. Neat!

Edit: This deal is no longer valid, but you can still subscribe at the normal rate!

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And what if you just, like, wanted to give a friend the gift of VanDerWerff? Wouldn’t that be great? Well, you sure can!

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If you are a freelance writer and you would like to send me a pitch, please email it to My goal is to publish primarily critics of color and LGBTQ critics, but I’m going to take pitches from everybody. If you can, submit a link to previous examples of your work or other clips.

What should you pitch? Anything, for now, so long as it has connection to culture. Don’t worry about stuff being too esoteric. We want a nice mix of the eclectic and the accessible. Great culture writing can introduce us to stuff we’ve never heard of or show us things we love in a new light. I would like to start scheduling out posts for the first three months of 2021, so start pitching today!

It’s been a true pleasure to write this newsletter and find such a great group of subscribers. I can’t wait to publish some of my favorite writers who aren’t me on this very newsletter!

Happy holidays and thanks for reading,

Emily VanDerWerff

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