Welcome to The Hyphen 🗞️ created by Sunday Times Bestselling author Emma Gannon.
Join over 35k+ curious readers in a thriving online community.
〰️ The Hyphen is ranked #6 in Top Literature Substacks globally
〰️ Chosen as a Substack Featured Publication in 2023
〰️ “One of Britain’s most prominent Substack bloggers” — The Times
Why sign up to The Hyphen?
Here you will find musings on work, wellbeing and creativity from someone (me!) who has been writing online for years and loving it. I’ve published six bestselling books, grown an independent podcast to 13 million downloads and built a thriving Substack business in 18 months. This is what I do!
I am a firm believer that you can create your own career path. I am also passionate about writing and words being paid for.
🙋♀️ Hi Emma, who are you?
Hello, I’m Emma Gannon. I live in London. I write books and this Substack, The Hyphen, full-time. I’m the author of five non-fiction books and one novel. I have blogged since 2019, had columns for Courier, The Times and The Telegraph — and worked at Condé Nast and some of the biggest creative agencies in the UK.
My podcast Ctrl Alt Delete (2016-2023) has had 13 million downloads (and closed down in January 2023) with guests such as Gillian Anderson, Ava DuVernay, Alain De Botton, Lena Dunham and more.
I write on the topics of creativity, books, wellbeing, ambition and rest, Internet culture and the future of work. My new book THE SUCCESS MYTH (chosen as ‘book of the month’ by Apple) is out now with Penguin (in both the UK and US.)
Why join the membership?
To get the most out of the Hyphen newsletter, it’s all about joining the membership community! Why not consider signing up as a paying subscriber to unlock and read all posts? You’ll gain access to the full hub (200+ posts), receive any new writing in your inbox, weekly Sunday Scroll round-ups, plus Tuesday Threads, access to book giveaways and more. It’s a really wonderful community and only £6.99 — the price of a bunch of flowers or a cocktail. It’s my favourite little corner of the Internet.
Come and introduce yourself here! You’ll also be supporting all the work I do and allowing this newsletter to keep going. Here’s a 10% off code if you’d like to join the community today. See you there! Come and intro yourself here if you fancy it :)
Why did you start this newsletter?
I’ve been newsletter-ing since 2015. Now, I’m loving it more than ever. Social media used to be an exciting, joyful online space. Unfortunately, it is no longer that (for me). Instagram hides my posts, Twitter gets very dramatic, and Linkedin seems to be a lot of people in suits wishing me a slightly creepy happy birthday. I missed writing on the Internet. I missed the comment section on blogs. I missed the connection that can come from your own little corner of the Internet. Along came Substack, and this newsletter is a joy to write.
Why “The Hyphen”?
To me, ‘hyphens’ can symbolises that messy bit in the middle. The “in-between” bits of life, the hyphens that knit together all the different sides of ourselves. The bits between being a parent or being a worker or being [insert thing]. So, that’s why I called this newsletter The Hyphen. Anything goes here, but I will mainly be talking about books, wellbeing, creativity, joy, side-hustles and living life on your own terms. (Plus, it’s a little nod to my book The Multi-Hyphen Method.)
Can I pitch an article for The Hyphen?
Yes! A few times a month, I publish a 500 word guest post. Send in your idea, title and a short paragraph about the piece to hello[at]emmagannon.co.uk. We only accept pitches on the topics of wellbeing, work, digital culture and creativity as these are the main themes of The Hyphen. You do not need to have a social media platform (just mentioning that, as someone people ask). I’m really sorry but we cannot reply to everyone as the team is so small (it’s me, plus occasional help) so if you don’t hear back in a week then absolutely feel free to pitch it elsewhere! Thank you.
A bit more about me:
I am a reader as much as a writer. I like buying second-hand books. I don’t like big parties. I’m an old-ish Millennial. I like wearing the colour yellow even though fashion magazines say you shouldn’t wear yellow if you’re blonde and pale. I like living in a big city and escaping at the weekends, long walks, memoirs by women, working for myself, reading in bed, buying new stationery, a good iced coffee, spiritual self-help, swimming, finding little trinkets in charity shops, organising my ridiculous bookshelves, city breaks with my husband, cooking easy things that look impressive, looking after other people’s dogs (a miniature dachshund has stolen my heart) and inviting friends over. Truthfully, I really love my life. I’m a Gemini, but just try and look past that.
I’m also if the author of The Multi-Hyphen Life (a Sunday Times bestselling manifesto all about having multiple interests and breaking away from the 9-5) was endorsed by publications/people such as The Financial Times, The Guardian and Richard Branson. I have also written books on conquering self-sabotage and staying human online. I am really passionate about helping others unlock their own version of success.
I also write novels. My debut OLIVE is about a child-free by choice character (Olive) who is figuring out her life which looks a bit different to her pals who are focusing on motherhood. It led me to meeting the most beautiful readers and confirmed my love of writing fiction.
You can also find more audio of mine on Blinkist; I have made multiple video courses for Skillshare and I recently created my very own writing journal that I designed to help people overcome their writer’s block which you can check out here.
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