The Best of This is True

“What’s your favorite story?” It’s a common question from readers. Well, I don’t have a single favorite story. I really like a lot of stories — great stories relating to the stupidest of stupid criminals, or particularly funny stories, or amusing stories that just come alive thanks to a great tagline.

I’ve never wanted to publish a “Best of” book, since after all, new stories still come out every week — a book would always miss out on the next great story. Not to mention that it would take a long time to go through more than 22 years old stories to pick out “the best” of them all, especially since I’m already pretty busy. It takes a long time because I need to do that job myself: go through every single story and decide.

And that’s what I’ve been doing lately: going through the archive, one story at a time, and ask myself the question, “Would this story make that cut?”

I’ve found a few things about that process, besides that it takes a long time: I’m finding that there are some really good stories in there! Yeah, there are a few duds here and there too, which of course get skipped, but I find I’m just loving the process. I even laugh out loud at some of them (and those certainly make the cut!)

So if it’s going to take a long time to go through an ever-growing archive, and a book isn’t ideal, then what? What I’m famous for: email delivery — a story every day to start your day. It’s all in the email: no need to click to go somewhere else to read it:

Best Of sample
Note for visually impaired readers: yes, it’s machine readable.
If you can read the True newsletter,
you’ll be able to read the Best Of emails.
The next step was to get with my site programmer, to do the mechanics of it all. Programming, and then killing the inevitable bugs. Testing, fine-tuning. It launched March 1, 2017, and I already have years of stories set up to be included.

Sooner is Better than Later!

We started with the oldest story I’ve marked part of the “best” on March 1, and are moving on from there. The longer you wait to start, the more of the stories you’ss miss: everyone gets the same story on any particular day, and there’s no way to go back to the beginning. The stories are emailed at around 2:30 a.m., New York (Eastern) Time, with the idea that it will be waiting for you when you get up in the morning.

So How to Get It?

Part of my idea is to have a special reward for those who have gone above and beyond to support This is True. So to that end, the following readers already get their Best of subscription included with their support on request:

  • Patreon patrons at the “Supporting Patron” level or higher — $7/month, which includes a regular Premium subscription.

Not Interested in Either One of Those? You can subscribe separately, too — whether you already have a regular Premium subscription or not. Order here:

How Long?

Or order via our Shopping Cart: Best of True Subscription
Want a shorter term option? That’s only available via Patreon’s monthly pledges; the minimum pledge to get the Best Of subscription is the “Supporting Patron” level, which is $7/month or higher, which also includes the weekly Premium newsletter.

The “Rules”

We’ll send you the story every day, early each morning (USA time). Your job is to ensure your mail is not filtering the stories out. To that end, it’s highly recommended you use Gmail or another high-quality mail solution that lets you see what’s filtered out, and mark it “Not Spam” to “train” its filter as necessary. Why? Because there are no re-sends available. If you miss a day (or 10) because of overzealous filtering, or a full mailbox, or whatever, sorry: we cannot send you “back issues.”

As with all of our paid subscription process, since we give “unlimited free samples” with our free edition, there are no refunds should you cancel your subscription. There is an Unsubscribe link in every mailing.

Those of you on Patreon or Super Premium must let us know you want to be added to the Best Of distribution: we don’t just add people to distribution lists without a specific request! Use the form on the Contact Page to send in your request.

Advertising? I won’t be accepting ads in the mailings. There is a place (under the story) where I can include a message to subscribers, where I may include notices of specials or something, but generally there won’t be anything there, and never outside ads. As always, True’s Privacy Policy applies.

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