Archive for April 2009

Stationery

Part of the desire to start this magazine called Letters & Journals is my love of paper, stationery, cards, notebooks, blank books, ink, journals and so on. I know there are others out there too who love the same things – spending hours in a stationery store, reading blogs of people who design and sell…

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Stamps

I love to decorate my envelopes with fun stamps. Sometimes the post office has colorful stamps like the Simpsons stamps which go on sale May 7, 2009. But I also found a great resource for purchasing older stamps (unused and in ready condition for mailing). The picture above shows what I have on hand at…

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Two Big Milestones

The first big milestone in the last week was the initial meeting with a magazine consultant. We spent about 90 minutes talking about the direction of the magazine and brainstormed on some different revenue models. We also thought of ways to find the potential subscribers and advertisers and discussed what their expectations might be. The…

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Letter Writing Contest

Author Samara O’Shea is sponsoring a letter writing contest. The contest runs from April 1 to May 1, 2009, so you still have a little bit of time to enter if you’re interested. Samara has gained some fame in the letter writing world as she will write a letter for you for a fee. Not…

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What Comes Now?

I feel like I have done quite a bit of research and planning these past four years. And now I am getting to where the rubber meets the road. Things are a little more daunting at this stage- finding and hiring a graphic designer for this entity that has lived only in my imagination; paying…

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Why Now?

Some people ask “You want to start a magazine now? Don’t you know the publishing world is falling apart? Print is sooo yesterday.” And others comment, “A magazine on letter writing? Are you crazy?” But the fact is some people do write letters. Granted, not everybody, but somebody. My favorite analogy is Cigar Aficionado. Not…

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How Do You Start a Magazine?

When I tell people my goal of starting a magazine, the question sometimes gets asked “Where do you start and how do you know what to do?” I respond with “I start with the end and work backwards.” In this case, the end would be a printed magazine sitting for sale on a magazine stand.…

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Starting a Magazine

It is my dream to start a magazine on letter writing and journal writing. It will be called Letters & Journals (imagine those words in over-sized script font). It will be all about letter writing today, the history of letter writing, the future of letter writing, all kinds of journal writing, to do lists, books…

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