If you have specific questions, I'll post them here along with the answers from the group.
You've probably all found that the title "editor" is a misnomer -- it
implies that people send you information and you, as editor, put it together.
Somehow, it doesn't happen that way - you end up gathering information,
writing, editing, proofing and printing the newsletter yourself.
How about some hints as to how to make any part of the job easier?
|I've found that sending a regular "nag note" to everyone from whom I'd like input does help. I generally send it out about 10 days before my deadline and request information via Email (so I don't have to retype.) If I'm still short nearer deadline, I'll repeat the request. I call them "Nag Note 1, 2, etc". I've set up an mailing list with all the names and Email addresses, so that I only have to enter the names once and post one message to reach all on the list. I use eGroups and have been happy with them, but I'm sure that there are others as well.|
|From J. A. "Though I have only been an editor for a short time here
are some suggestions for the beginning Society Editor (below).
1. Allow at least 3/4 inch on
each side margin of your newsletter. Some libraries put them in groups
2. Remember the readers of your newsletter are either interested
in genealogy, your area's resources
3. Include page numbers, volume numbers and dates on every page if possible.
4. Vary the number of columns you use on the pages of your newsletter.
5. It is not good to have a lot of empty (white) space. Fill it with graphics, humor or genealogical tips.
6. Suggestions for topics of genealogical society newsletters: featured articles including area history and biographies; church, marriage, census, cemetery and court records; old newspaper gleanings including obituaries; library resources; area vital record addresses; queries; web sites; success stories; interviews; and future meetings.
|I've found that having a "style sheet" - even a very informal one -
helps with putting the newsletter together. For example, in a 12
page monthly newsletter, I always have:
For web addresses, I use Arial 10 point.
I like to vary the type for titles of articles - comic sans or technical, etc - but with no more than one "fancy" type on a page.
I try to have a least one graphic per page... but never more than two.
Most pages are in two columns, with header & footer. Depending on content, columns may be the length of the page - or varied.
so these are not included in the newsletter]
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