We do things a little differently at Stock Gumshoe — we love our free readers, we don’t have sales, we don’t offer “limited time only” promotions or trial periods to get you in the door as a paid member, and we don’t try to upsell you every ten minutes. Every once in a while we raise our prices to keep up with expenses, and to make sure that I can re-gild my solid gold bathtub every now and then (I’ve got a lot of corrosive muck to wash off after wading through marketing manure every day, after all), and that’s about it.
But once a year I do run a new membership drive and try to get new paid members to sign up… and that’s what we’re doing today. So if you’ve been thinking about maybe joining this most exclusive club of premium Stock Gumshoe members, well, right now is a great time.
So what’s the urgency? Why the limited-time-offer “must sign up by December 11!” stuff?
The urgency is that your membership payment will be donated to some worthy causes if you join us as a Stock Gumshoe Irregular this week.
If that’s all the inducement you need, then I’ll let you get right to it — Click here to sign up now.
If you don’t know what the Stock Gumshoe Irregulars are, you’re not alone (everyone suggests that we change the name to something simpler, but I’m stubborn). The Irregulars are our premium members who pay to keep Stock Gumshoe going, and the name was inspired by Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street Irregulars, who helped gather clues for Holmes’ cases.
(They were also what we euphemistically would have called “street urchins” back in those days, so if you’d prefer to associate the name with something more glamorous, like the swashbuckling Irregulars British spy ring in 1940s Washington (with Roald Dahl the most famous alum of that group) or something else, well, have at it. And no, we are not trying to endorse any of the many “Irregular” military groups around the world.)
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