Feb 232010
 

So this is what I have in mind for HearWriteNow: I’ve ditched the idea of the email newsletter / ezine that was “Lateral Ezine” and instead I want to turn HearWriteNow itself into an online writers’ magazine.

Lateral was really just an email to let people know that a new article was up; I wanted it to be more, so I was toying with the idea of launching it as a full zine with its own content that would be downloaded from HearWriteNow. But that split my focus: what would I publish on HearWriteNow and what would I save for Lateral?

Then Zinester changed hands and shut down the mailing list operation. And before I even had a chance to suss out Aweber we all sat in horror as we learnt that their systems had been compromised and spammers now had access to email addresses previously guarded like gold dust. Who hasn’t subscribed to a newsletter delivered through Aweber?

I think the days of the newsletter are numbered. Right now I have 6300 unread newsletters in my inbox. I don’t think I’m alone. So I don’t think I’ll add to that problem. You can visit me whenever you like. Hopefully there’ll be enough here to keep you busy each time you pop over. I’ve still got plenty of articles to publish. Plus I have something quite exciting up my sleeve that involves fiction. (But I’m not going to have a chance to roll up my sleeves just yet, so I’l just have to sit on my hands and jiggle in frustration.)

And I have a teeny-tiny budget adding up, thanks mainly to the little bit of advertising on this site. So sometime in the near future I will be able to pay another writer or two to contribute to HearWriteNow. Now that is something I’m really looking forward to.

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Elle Carter Neal

Elle Carter Neal is the author of the picture book I Own All the Blue and the teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin. She has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, holding childhood slumber-party audiences entranced until the early hours of the morning. Elle decided to be an author the day she discovered that real people wrote books and that writing books was a real job. Join Elle on her new publishing adventure.

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  1. It all sounds very exciting. I don’t read as many newsletters as I used to, either. I found I wasn’t giving them the attention they deserved just to get them out of my ‘In’ box. I wish you every success with your new site. You deserve it!

  2. Thank you Selma.

  3. I just found your site through an article you wrote to Blood Red Pencil. I do read newsletters… when they are through RSS feeds. I would love to add another writing resource to that stable. I’ll keep watching to see how your plans shake out. 🙂

  4. Thanks for visiting Ann. I’m also trying to move to using RSS feeds rather than subscribing to more newsletters, but I forget to check my reader! I like RSS feeds that get delivered by email.

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