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SilverPen finally has a real life newsletter with graphics and subscription management and everything. I’ve been running this through Feedburner for a while with pretty poor results. You can use Feedburner + category RSS to send out electronic newsletters, but it’s not that great.

Since I’ve got a big announcement next week though, I wanted to make sure the word gets out as best as I can. If you’re interested, opt-in to the newsletter using the form below. And if you’re not, that’s cool too, though I do encourage you to grab the RSS feed to keep up on our day-to-day publications.

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Summer 2009 Newsletter

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Another season has passed, and I’m not really sure whether to call this the Summer or the Fall newsletter. The chances of my putting together another one of these before December is slim to none. Maybe I’ll just skip over Fall and go straight to Winter, like a proper Knight who says Ne.

If you’ve been reading regularly, you know all about what has gone on this summer, which is to say, “A whole lot of nuthin’.” Believe it or not, there are some people who don’t hit their RSS reader daily to see what’s going on, and for them I have a non-regularly-published newsletter.

If you’d like to receive this newsletter regularly, I’d suggest you drop your email in the bucket to get a copy when it comes out. Of course, they’ll show up here in the regular RSS feed as well, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed designed especially for them.

Download and/or view SilverPen News – Summer 2009.

Spring 2009 Newsletter

Newsletter Front PageI’ve written my first newsletter ever, but this isn’t a once-off event. Every season, I’ll be publishing updates about my writing, our lives together and with God, and whatever else strikes my fancy. It’s a bit more polished than blog entries, and it contains a whole lot more pictures.

This first one was prepared specially for my family reunion, which began just a few hours ago. That’s why it’s a bit heavier on the “What we’ve been up to” side, but that’s also why this is the only edition that will be in print. Because printing these out and mailing them would be prohibitively expensive, future versions will be available via email if you subscribe. Of course, they’ll show up here in the RSS feed as well, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed designed especially for them.

Download and/or view SilverPen News – Spring 2009.

SilverPen News

Newsletter Front PageFor years I’ve heard that, even if you have a blog, nothing can match a regularly published newsletter for connecting with people and letting them know what’s going on with you and your work. And with my annual family reunion fast approaching, I began thinking about how much I sucked for not writing Christmas letters, replying to correspondence, or sending out pictures and updates about April and me. When these two thoughts came together, I decided to start writing my own newsletter.

Since I hadn’t written a newsletter before, the entire process was quite the learning experience for me. I learned a lot about designing the letter by using a pre-built template in Pages ’09, and now feel confident that I can design the next one myself. I also discovered that the content has to come first–when I began with the design, I started writing to fit what I saw on the page and it prevented me from saying everything I wanted to say. In this particular case, the design has to be made to fit the content. Once everything’s in place, I may have to cut a line or a paragraph, but the end result will be a lot better than writing to fill space.

With the family reunion providing my catalyst, this edition has a lot of catch-up information. I don’t regularly see (or even know) most of my family, so this first edition is a bit of an introduction to my website and writing, our house purchase, and our lives with God and the church. Future versions won’t be so family-oriented or focused on what-we’ve-been-up-to.

I want this newsletter to demonstrate a bit of my work, talk about what I’ve been up to and where I’m going in regards to writing, and to share some pictures. It’ll still have some stuff about our family, but I want to demonstrate a bit more polish and flair with the newsletter that I don’t normally put into blog entries. This publication is for the people who don’t read every day or week, but are happy to pick something up every few months and keep in touch.

The newsletter will be available exclusively online as a PDF. This first version was going to be printed for the family reunion, but I just got off the phone with Kinkos a little bit ago and they want $400+ to print 60 copies. Looking around online, I could get 150-250 copies for just under $200. But with it costing too much money to print 60 and my not needing more than that, I’m having trouble justifying printing at all. I might print it myself, but that would still cost almost $100 for 60 copies. Not having a physical copy at the reunion would be disappointing, but I just can’t justify the cost for something I’m doing just for fun. Maybe I’ll make a one page teaser with the address on it and print that to hand out… we’ll see.

If you want to get the newsletter when it drops, just subscribe! SilverPen news will be published once a season, and the tentative schedule for it (after this first one) is March, June, September, and December.