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Creative Leisure News
2677 Ashley Ct.
Tremont, IL 61568
Phone: 309-925-5593
Fax: 309-925-9068
Email: mike@clnonline.com

 


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Q. What are Creative Leisure News and Creative Leisure Communications?

Q. Who subscribes to CLN?

Q. When and how is it published?

Q. What is covered in each issue?

Q. Why should I subscribe to Creative Leisure News?

Q. What is the cost?

Q. Why don't I just give out my fax copy, or my username/password, so others can read CLN?

Q. What is your policy regarding copyrights?

Q. What about reprinting an article from CLN?

Q. What if I don't think CLN is worth the money?

Q. What if I'm not sure I want to subscribe?

Q. How can I get CLN to cover my company?

Q. What kind of news is CLN interested in?

Q. How will my subscription work?

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Q. What are Creative Leisure News and Creative Leisure Communications?

A. Creative Leisure News is a business newsletter serving professionals in the arts & crafts industry. "Arts & crafts" is actually an umbrella term encompassing hard crafts, painting, needlework, sewing, florals, scrapbooking, stamping, etc.

CLN is published by Creative Leisure Communications, which also provides consulting services to the industry. (See Consulting Services for more details.)

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Q. Who subscribes to CLN?

A. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishers, designers, trade associations, e-commerce operators, stock brokers, and companies of all types interested in entering the craft market. Most of the largest -- and some of the smallest -- companies in the industry subscribe, including companies 20 countries in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

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Q. When and how is it published?

A. CLN is published the first and third Mondays of each month, or 24 times a year. 

1 When a new issue is posted on this site, an email is sent to registered subscribers containing a link. They click on the link and it takes them to our home page, which contains the headlines of the new issue.

Subscribers have access to the CLN Archives and the various columns such as Business-Wise. If big news occurs between issues, subscribers receive special email bulletins.

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Q. What is covered in each issue?

A. That depends on what has happened in the industry since our last issue. As a general rule, CLN reports on the activities of the major chains and independents, product and sales trends, reports from major trade shows, personnel changes, and the stock activity of industry-related public companies.

Plus, there is analysis and commentary by Publisher Mike Hartnett and a host of industry professionals. Mike has been reporting on the industry more than two decades, so he's developed the industry's most extensive list of contacts and can report the news in its historical context.

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Q. Why should I subscribe to Creative Leisure News?

A. You receive the news much more quickly than any magazine that has to be printed, mailed, etc. In fact, the news in our Archives is more immediate than anything in the "current" issue of a magazine.

Plus, it's quick and easy to read and keeps you up to date with only a 10-minute read. Finally, it can improve your business. What is it worth to learn what your customers, competitors, and vendors are doing? To learn what's selling around the country? Subscribers have found new jobs, owners hoping to sell their companies have found buyers they've found buyers or sellers for their companies.

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Q. What is the cost?

A. One year's (24 issues) subscription is $195. Once a company has a subscription, everyone in the main office can register, free. For employees out of the main office, subscriptions are $65. Subscriptions for individuals are also $6549.

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Q. Why don't I just give out my copy, or give out my username and password, so others can read CLN?

A. Because giving out your username and password, or making copies of copyrighted material, is illegal.

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Q. What is your policy regarding copyrights?

A. A subscriber may print and distribute the issue to co-workers in the same building, but may not give out his/her username and password to anyone else. (We have software to see how often a particular username and password are used.)

Fax subscribers may distribute an issue around the office -- but that's all. The reason for these restrictions are simple. First, it's illegal. Second, it's unfair to paid subscribers. Third, if people don't pay for CLN, it will disappear.

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Q. What about reprinting an article from CLN?

A. You must ask permission first. You'll probably receive it, but call Mike Hartnett at 309-925-5593 or email Mike at mike@clnonline.com.

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Q. What if I don't think CLN is worth the money?

A. CLN offers a complete refund. If after a year you do not think you have received your money's worth, call us and we'll give you a complete refund. So your subscription is risk-free.

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Q. What if I'm not sure I want to subscribe?

A. Do two things:

1. Go to the Archives section and read some recent issues.

2. Click on Two Free Issues. We'll send you the next two issues of CLN. Then we'll send you an invoice for a year's subscription; if you decide you do not wish to subscribe, just tell us. We'll cancel your subscription and you keep the two issues, free.

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Q. How can I get CLN to cover my company?

A. CLN is committed to giving its readers all the important news. If you have some about your company, we want to know about it!

1. Email press releases to mike@clnonline.com. (Photos are unnecessary.)

2. Call Mike Hartnett at 309-925-5593.

3. Fax Mike at 309-925-9068

4. Mail to Creative Leisure News, 2677 Ashley Ct., Tremont, IL 61568

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Q. What kind of news is CLN interested in?

A. If your company is bought or sold, personnel changes, sales trends, new web or e-commerce sites, job openings, comments on trade shows, etc. Note: If you wish to comment on an industry issue but do not want your name mentioned, we will omit your name. However, we will not publish any item unless we do know who the author is.

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Q. How will my subscription work?

A. It's simple. Just click on Subscribe Now and fill out the information. If you will be an email subscriber, we'll send you a username and password. Then, when a new issue is posted, we'll send you an email with a link. You'll click on that link and it will take you to CLN's home page. Click on Current Issue, give your username and password, and you'll be there!

We'll also email notes any time there's a major news story we've posted. If you are a fax subscriber, we'll fax the issue to you.

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