One of the best methods of loading the contents of a module into a component in Joomla is to have another editable content area. You could build this into the component but why bother when there is already a custom HTML module out there.
I'm currently working on a job to upgrade a site built in Joomla 1.5 to Joomla 1.6. I have come across a lot of issues along the way and this will be a running blog post which will be updated when I solve certain problems. Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 template upgrade tutorial is a pretty good starting point. If anything is incorrect, let me know and i'll correct it.
Chillburn working alongside the refinery in melbourne to create a Joomla component for the Miss Ruby Legwear website.
K.W. Doggett Fine Paper required a newsletter builder component for their Joomla Powered website. Chillburn delivered a component which looks great and is easy to use.