SPA Kick Start - big changes!
- Join the SPA Kick Start announcement list! All you have to do is
send us an e-mail here: SPAKickStartemail@example.com
In our continuing efforts to build a better independent/small press
network, we came up with a weekly newsletter called the Kick Start,
which we sent out first to hundreds, then to thousands of people's e-
mail inboxes. It was well received by most, and a usefull, powerful
tool for keeping people informed on the Small Press Association's
efforts to build a distributorship for self publishers. Somehow,
someway, our e-mail delivery meathod ended up getting classified as
spam by many large mail-host companies all at once. AOL, HotMail,
and MSN all started refusing our newsletter with no warning. Even
though anyone on the list could have simply unsubscribed, we believe
that some people subscribed specifically to be in a position to
systematically "report" us causing the situation where we have 3000
addresses of people who subscribed to the Kick Start, and no way to
get it to them.
So our solution goes like this: The Kick Start will become an online-
only newsletter, and we're going to build a new list to announce
when the new issue is posted each week. We're going to do it using,
coincidentially, the Yahoo Groups system that the SPA was born in in
the first place. Unlike the past however, this SPAKickStart group
will be a one-way only e-mail that will contain basically just a
quick "the new issue is up" message, and a link to it. It will come
out every Monday, and be the only e-mail you will ever get from the
We think it has the potential to actually, in the long run, increase
how many people are reading the Kick Start each week. We know the
file size of the Kick Start was sometimes larger than people cared
for in their inboxes. So a tiny link message to the web page will
hopefully bring in lots of the people that didn't care for that.
Our first new Kick Start, in the web page format, will be posted
LATER TODAY, and then every Monday after that. So if you have an
interest in Small Press Publishing, we hope to see you on the list.
We've got the memberlist blocked so no one can "harvest" your e-mail
address from the site, and you can keep it hidden from my view too
in the sign up process or preferences in there somewhere. Thank you
everyone, for your continued interest in the Small Press
Association, look for SPA members at conventions, everywhere!
To join: SPAKickStartfirstname.lastname@example.org