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- If you haven’t already, get your hands on our new curriculum, How to Yearbook: The HJ Way, available in print through your rep, and supplements online at LearnYBK.com. Read the Welcome section — and remember to breathe!
- Ramp up with online video tutorials for eDesign and InDesign.
(Click the help button when you’re logged in to eDesign or check out the Learn menu on myHJyearbook.com.)
- Set your important dates with administrators: Picture day, club picture day, etc.
- Sell that book. Don’t miss the opportunity to sell yearbooks at registration or back-to-school nights. Consider offering the lowest price of the year at these events.
- Have you called your rep today? Make sure you have hammered out budgets, deadlines and other important details.
- Fill in your wall ladder or desk ladder, and make sure you have all sports, clubs, academic areas and pre-planned events covered. Brainstorm new ways to cover them.
- Choose fonts, color palettes and designs using your HJ kit resources.
- Ask your rep about Sales Assist and Send and Sell. These are tools we provide to help you make sales.
- Get those photographers snappin’. Make sure your staffers are capturing the images of the year as school begins.
- Review roles of staffers, discuss workflow, approval process and begin gathering content for the first deadline.
- Cover and endsheet deadlines are right around the corner. Make sure you’ve checked your deadlines on myhjyearbook.com.
- Plan coverage for your opening, closing and dividers. Remember to make visual-verbal connections.
- Start putting type packages together for headlines. Choose styles for caption lead-ins, subheads and sidebars.
- How are your ads selling? Your deadlines should be in October. Consider a whole-staff sell-a-thon if you’re falling behind.
- Chart your deadlines and assign spreads to each.
Make a calendar of worknights and make sure everyone, including parents, knows what’s up.
While the language varies, it’s no surprise so many people in the yearbook world share common sentiments. There’s a nearly universal dread as deadlines somehow become more difficult at the end. Everyone is busy and tired — maybe overwhelmed.
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