Monday, July 5, 2010

LetterNews: a newsletter about letters

I've been eagerly following the Letters & Journals blog since its inception. It seems like a fine enterprise, with the end goal of publishing a print magazine about... letters and journals!

I'm not a huge magazine subscriber - we take The New Yorker, but that's pretty much it - but I plan to subscribe to this one in its inception, just to show support for the idea. It looks like it will be a lovely enterprise in itself, though, and the latest two steps in the process have been the launch of the beautiful Letters & Journals website (not to be confused with the blog) in May, and the Letternews, the email newsletter. In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I entered the contest to name their newsletter, and - lucky me! - I won! So you can credit the absolutely brilliant title, LetterNews, to me. Ha!

Anyway, Jackie, the charming founder and mastermind (and, may I also note, the one who introduced me to the fine services of face-value-vintage-stamp-salesman Erroll Murphy), is looking to get 500 subscribers to the free email newsletter in order to move to the next step towards publishing the magazine - I believe she needs to demonstrate to advertisers that there is enough interest out there (please correct me if I'm wrong on this point, Jackie), and so let's show her! Of course I have long since signed up for LetterNews myself, but do have a look to check it out; the illustrations in the blog header and design are really lovely, and make me want to leave my computer and go write a letter. What could be better than that?