There's a lot of stuff out there on the internet. This is what I've found so far.
Dorothy Parker (from whom this newsletter gets its name) once said: “The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘cheque enclosed’.” I’ve been doing this whole newsletter thing since 2014, and I’ve tried several different ways of making it financially viable for me, with varying degrees of success.
What it all comes down to is this: I just love writing for the people who sign up, and I really want to do more of it. If you subscribe, you’re helping me do that, and you’re also joining a community of people who love perfect, hard-to-find podcasts and hilarious medieval illuminations.
What do I get?
You get the original, irreplaceable weekly edition of No Complaints, full of excellent links to things you would never find on your own. But you also get a second weekly email in which I expand my long-running “things to listen to” section into an exciting publication of its own.
It’s all about podcasts, and it might take the form of reviews, interviews, reporting, recommendations, analysis, or whatever else seems to me to be interesting. (For some examples, check out my old podcast column for the New Statesman.)
What readers say
“How many newsletters do you know that have a weekly ‘compulsory medieval thingamabob’ segment? Exactly.”
“Are you reading Caroline Crampton? You should be.”
One of the “seven best newsletters written by women”.
“Caroline Crampton isn’t lacking for an audience.”
How much does it cost?
$7 a month, or $70 a year. This is so I can make this newsletter a proper part of my job, and not have to skimp on the time I spend writing it in favour of more boring, yet paid, work. However, if you’re keen reader but that price is totally out of your reach, hit reply on one of the emails and we’ll work something out.
What do I get when I subscribe?
You get the weekly Friday edition of No Complaints, and the extra podcast email on Tuesdays. So that should work out as about 8 emails a month from me.
Can I forward the emails?
When it comes to the free posts, spread them as far and as wide as you like, on whatever platform you currently prefer. Occasionally forwarding subscribers-only emails is just fine too.
Why is the newsletter called “No Complaints”?
Because I like this poem by Dorothy Parker and because it makes for a handy sort of mission statement when you’re making something on the internet that total strangers can see.