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5.0 out of 5 stars So You Wanna Be a Write & Roll Star?, October 17, 1999
This review is from: Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing (Paperback)
You've never heard of Lockergnome? Where've you been hiding out? It's only one of the best e-zines out there, and definitely the best Windows e-zine by far! The reason why Chris is such a success is because he focuses on CONTENT, and so does this book. Lots of information here, all packed tightly into a small space.
Doesn't matter if you're brand new to the Net or a seasoned veteran - this book is the only one you should reach for if you're looking to publish through the Internet! From Chapter 3 ("Why E-mail? Little Glamour, Plenty of Results") to Chapter 7 ("Subscription Management") to Chapter 13 ("Guerilla Promotions") to Chapter 14 ("Money from Your Mailing List") -- it's all here!
I've been writing my entire life, been on the Net for five years now, and been publishing my own e-zine (the "Cattle Prod Humor List" shameless plug) for the last several, even if I didn't know to call it an e-zine at the time. Being somewhat of a "Net Vet," it was somewhat tempting to skip the first couple of chapters ("Are You Ready?" and "E-mail Primer - How It All Works"), but I'm glad I didn't. Even those had information I'd never even considered (or knew), especially the questions to consider before publishing. And thank you, Chris, for the section on E-mail Etiquette! (Now, if we could just make those two pages mandatory reading for every person before they're allowed to play on the Net...haha.)
I've been reading Lockergnome for over a year now, and there's a reason. (Well, several reasons, actually...) Chris tells it like it is -- no flowery words or high-fallutin' language peppered with all the associated Buzzwords O' the Day! No, sir! Chris puts in all in every-day language -- and humorous every-day language to boot -- that doesn't alienate either the layman or the veteran. He follows one of the all-important rules, as far as I'm concerned, and that's "Write like you speak."
Anyone can slap together an e-mail and shove it "out the door," so to speak. (And trust me...many, many DO...) But to gain thousands and thousands of readers -- to make people come back, begging for more -- that requires a lot more than an e-mail program and an Internet connection.
With "Poor Richard's E-mail Publishing," Chris will give you years of publishing experience without having to make all the mistakes yourself. From questions to choosing your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to looking at domain names to formatting and layout to marketing...this book covers it all, and then some. In fact, he gives out so much good information, I'm having to read this book with a notebook and pen nearby so I can take notes!
So you wanna be a Write & Roll star? Forget all those marketing books you're thinking of buying (or maybe already bought). Run -- don't walk -- to your mouse and keyboard right there and BUY THIS BOOK! If you want to reach the masses, you need to understand something that Chris already knows -- in the E-zine publishing business, Content is King! Thank you...thank you very much.
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