Who the hell is Anne Much?
Monetize THIS, punk
So here’s the backstory:
Something mildly bad has happened with my actual paying job. Against the odds, it’s unrelated to this newsletter, or my stand-up, or my hobby of inventing imaginary columnists to troll people on Medium.com.
Don’t worry, I’m going to be fine. I’m not going to starve or anything. I’ve just been mildly fucked over by corporate dysfunction, right at the worst possible time of year.
While scrabbling around for new income streams, it occurred to me that maybe it’s not such a good use of my time to spend 5 hours writing a deep dive on why Stewart Lee was trending on Twitter or discussing the meaning of banter.
But we both know that I’m probably going to do that kind of thing anyway. So I thought: maybe I can monetise it a teeny bit?
Now I have a few things I’ve written that are not online any more which I still think are funny. Anne Much was a fake ‘woke’ columnist I did on Medium; imagine Titania McGrath but with some effort put into it and also not written by a right-wing nutjob (but the real inspiration was Nicole Mullen).
Anne Much eventually made enough people angry that complaints were made and the account was suspended for violating Medium’s ‘username policy’.
Her profile picture probably didn’t help.
I still have access to all Anne Much’s articles, and some of them hold up, and it’s easy to import them into Substack, so that’s why you just got this one in your email.
Optional paid subscription option if you want it (nothing changes if you don’t)
So here’s the proposition: I’m going to add a paid subscription option for this newsletter, and put future stuff from Anne Much and maybe some longer essays behind a paywall, along with other exclusives and early access to some other stuff (I’m planning to make a video sketch and you’ll get to see that before everyone else if you go paid).
Now the usual weekly email will stay the same, of course; I’m not delusional enough to ask you to pay money to find out when I’m going to be doing open mic stand-up.
And you won’t be charged anything at all, UNLESS you go here and upgrade to a paid subscription:
I’m asking £5/month, or only £40 for a year (rather than £60) if you pay up front.
EDIT: this pricing has now been cut to £3.50/month or £32 a year.
AND there’s 20% off on top of that, applied for a whole year, if you subscribe in the next week.
Obviously don’t bother doing this if you’re skint, but if you’ve enjoyed any of my writing over the last 6 months or so and you can spare a fiver, please consider upgrading. From now on, paid subscribers will be able to comment on the web version of the newsletter too.
There’s also a joke option to give me £100. I will genuinely do a set at your wedding (or whatever) if you pay me that.
If people actually support this, I will be happy to take guidance about what I should do more of (more essays? more Anne Much? fucking TikToks?). Or it may be that nobody wants to waste money on this dumb newsletter, and I’ll just turn the paid options off in a couple of months and we will never speak of this again.
OK. Good talk.