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  • Thank You & Advice!

  • Nicholas Bierzonski

    March 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Dear Mr. & Mrs. Lindeboom, and Mr. Wilson,

    I am a longtime member and fan of Creativecow.net and Creativecow magazine.

    I live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I have worked
    in broadcast and media as a professional video editor/DVD author since 2003.

    I have always dabbled in print and known just enough to be dangerous;
    now I am beginning a new print project.

    I am laying out and publishing a quarterly magazine consisting of 20 pages
    (Including the front & back cover)
    for a contract freelance job I hope will lead to full time employment.
    I am not writing the magazine just laying out the articles.

    I was wondering what advice or words of encouragement you could offer me
    as I endeavor to expand my print layout skills in InDesign. Thankfully I am well versed
    in Photoshop and Illustrator. I have ordered Robin Williams books about fonts
    and design as well as books on Indesign CS5.

    I know you are all very busy, and I appreciate any bit of your precious time,
    and advice you can throw my way.

    And thanks again for the amazing website and magazine!
    Creativecow is an unparalleled online community that I feel is something truly special and rare.

    To be a member is a privilege.

    -Nick Bierzonski
    Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Specialist

    -Nick Bierzonski
    Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Problem Solver

  • Ron Lindeboom

    March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Hello Nick,

    Thank you for the kind words. They are always appreciated.

    Since you seem to have most of the basics covered, the only advice that I can think of coming out of the gate, is to have copious amounts of hot coffee handy. You will need it.

    The other advice I will offer is that always build whatever you are doing around your audience. Make it their story and their focus. If you do that the distance between start-up and success will be much shorter.

    Best regards,

    Ronald Lindeboom
    CEO, Creative COW LLC
    Publisher, Creative COW Magazine
    A 2011 FOLIO: 40 honoree as one of the 40 most influential publishers in America
    http://www.creativecow.net

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