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Is it time to give your newsletter a fresh new look? Here are some suggestions to get you started:
The best advice: experiment. Make design changes to the elements on your pages one at a time, print the revised page and assess the impact by asking for a second opinion.
Remember, less is more!
Are you thinking of publishing learner writing? If so, here are some tips from the Northern Literacy Desktop Publishers.
Decide on the finished size of your publication before you start - there are many options besides the 8 ½ by 11 format. Check with your printer about what size is most cost-efficient.
Will you produce the book in-house or send it out? If doing work in-house, does your copier produce crisp and clear copies? If not, consider taking it to a print shop.
If using a print shop, will your book be reproduced by photocopy or off-set press? Your budget and the number of copies you need will determine which method you choose.
How will you bind the book? Speak to the people who will do the binding as there are different requirements for using cerlox, coil, thermal or staple (saddle-stitch) binding.
What graphics, clip art or scanned original art will you choose? Be sure not to violate copyrights.
Check your software manual's index to see if you have facing pages/make booklet options - they make publishing multi-page documents fast and professional.
How will you promote your product? Consider applying for an ISBN number to assist booksellers.
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