2018 – here we come!

It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about your 2018 yearbook, in fact the beginning of term is the perfect time!

The team here are busy adding the final touches to our 2018 sample pack – complete with new cover ideas, background themes and page designs. We’re very excited about the pack this year, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as these are ready to order.

In the meantime, here are some top tips for getting started with your yearbook.

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1. Speak to a teacher/staff member about getting the project started
Get permission from the school – bring some information to the meeting with you so you will be able to tell them rough prices etc.

2. Set up a yearbook committee
Some editors decide to put together a team to help create the book. See who is interested around the school – we recommend a small team to keep things simple for yourselves!

3. Create an AllYearbooks account
Getting set up within our system as soon as possible is a great idea. The online chat function within your yearbook means you can chat to us whenever you have a question and a member of the team will be more than happy to help.

4. Pay your £100 deposit
We offer 10% discounts to anybody who pays their £100 deposit before the end of November. It’s definitely worth taking advantage of this great offer!

So let’s get started! Create your yearbook today

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Everything you need to know about pre-print checks

So you’ve nearly finished editing your book and your deadline is approaching – great! But before we can let you click that ‘submit’ button there are a series of checks your book will need to go through at the AllYearbooks office.

As you come to the final stages of creating your book, your yearbook coordinator may remind you to submit for these checks as soon as possible (at least three working days before your deadline). But why? And what exactly are pre-print checks?!

Check out our pre-print and final confirmation FAQs below:

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What is a pre-print check?
A member of our team will look through your book page-by-page for any potential printing problems. We recommend getting this done a few days before your deadline so that you have time to make any possible changes we suggest.

How long do these checks take?
We will try and check your book soon after you request these checks, but during the busy season it is difficult to put an exact time frame on this. The time of the actual checks can also vary due to the content within the book and the amount of pages needing to be looked at. Your yearbook coordinator will always be happy to update you on our progress if you ask.

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Does the book have to be completely finished before pre-print checks?
We’re often asked if the editors can still make changes while these checks are ongoing and the answer is yes, of course! All we ask is that the bulk of content has been added before these are requested.

What kind of things are you looking for?
We are looking for any potential printing problems – this can range from low quality pictures, overlapping text boxes, text and background colours, to font types. For example, if you have a bright yellow text against a white background, we might suggest for you to darken this colour to make it easier to read when printed.

Are you proofreading our content too?
No – we are just looking at things from a printing perspective. Checking for typos and duplicated images is still a responsibility for the editors and staff proofreader. AllYearbooks cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions made by editors and other contributors.

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What do we do now?
Once AYB has been through your book you will receive an email telling the chief editor and staff proofreader to log into the book and click on a yellow bar at the top of the book’s homepage.

From here you will be able to view the checks, and when you are happy with everything you can click confirm and we will send your book to the printers!

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Staff Proof-readers – Who needs ’em?

YOU DO!
We know your yearbook is something that you’ve all worked hard to make amazing, and we would hate to think that someone from your school is unhappy with the finished product. You staff proof-reader is there to help you make sure everything in the book is suitable, while also making sure the school is happy with the content.
If you’re making a yearbook with us, your staff proof-reader will either need to
A)  proof-read the yearbook on behalf of the school
OR
B) Authorise you or another student editor to approve the content on behalf of the school
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I know this may be a shock but teachers have lives outside of school too (!) so getting us their contact info sooner rather than later will give them plenty of time to get the proofreading done before your deadline.
We can’t go to print without their confirmation so any delay in getting us the info will result in a delayed yearbook –  none of us want that!
Don’t worry – no-one is going to take your yearbook away from you! Just send us the info over chat, email or give us a call – we just need their name and school email address.
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If your print deadline falls over a school holiday, it is your editing team’s responsibility to check the staff proof-reader will be available to review the final draft during this time. They will need to log in to the book to click a confirmation button and if we cannot reach them, your project will be delayed!
Please speak to your coordinator if you have any questions about nominating a staff proof-reader. If you are making an unaffiliated yearbook you can read up on more information here.
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Making summer camp books

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If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holidays at summer camp this year, you’ll probably have loads of funny memories and stories to share with friends and family.  If any of you are looking to make a book for your 2016 summer camp then do get in touch as we’d be delighted to help you put this together 🙂 Email us on hi@allyearbooks.co.uk for more info and prices!

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Theatre school yearbooks

theatreI love theatre school yearbooks! From a print perspective, they always look super smart as everybody includes their super slick high quality head shots (usually in black and white) on their profiles and the performances have been captured wonderfully with high resolution images. It’s marvellous and a thing of beauty 🙂

If you’re interested in making a yearbook for your theatre or dance school do pop an email over to us hi@allyearbooks.co.uk

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Making trip books for your school

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If your school is going on an epic trip or sports tour, you may want to make a smaller book for your group. I’m always amazed at the destinations you guys travel to nowadays so it’s no surprise that the demand for travel books is rising! As our minimum order quantity is just 20 copies and our paperbacks cost just £9, these little budget books are a great way to capture your journals and photos. Over the few few years, we’ve had the pleasure of making a few wonderful books which were filled with the scanned journal entries of students and teachers who visited Africa on a school trip. Complete with doodles in margins and  daily diary entries, trip books are a great cost effective way of celebrating life-changing travels and group achievements 😀

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If you would like more information about making a trip book for your school, just drop us an email hi@allyearbooks.co.uk or speak to your yearbook coordinator!

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Staff proof-readers and why they are needed

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This is a little post for all you yearbook editors who are confused about staff proof-readers and what their role in the yearbook is. You’ve probably spotted them mentioned on your To-do checklists or you might have been discussing this with your yearbook coordinator 🙂

A yearbook is a great way to celebrate the greatness of your year group and we hate to hear of people spoiling that experience for others with hurtful (intentional or otherwise) comments. A staff proof-reader can help you read over the final content of the book before it is printed to ensure everything in it is suitable. As a representative of the school, they will also be able to confirm they are happy with how the schools branding has been used and give final sign off to print.

If you plan to use your school name, logos or imagery, you will need to get a member of staff to confirm they will either:

A)  proof-read the yearbook on behalf of the school

OR

B) authorise you or another student editor  to approve the content on behalf of the school

Failure to provide these details can result in delays to your print and delivery dates so it’s best to let us know who will do this for you as soon as you can.  We can ensure they have everything they need for when the time comes to print 🙂 Rest assured your project won’t be taken away from you and you can let us know who will do this via chat, email or phone. All we need from you is the name of the staff member you are nominating and their contact email (preferably their school email address for ease).

Remember teachers have lives too so telling us who your staff proof-reader is on the day of your print deadline will not be helpful. They will need time to proof-read and get online so it’s best to ensure they have access to do this at least a week before your print deadline just in case they suggest any changes.

If your print deadline falls over a school holiday, it is your editing team’s responsibility to check the staff proof-reader will be available to review the final draft during this time. They will need to log in to the book to click a confirmation button and if we cannot reach them, your project will be delayed!

If you’re set on making your book completely separate from school, you will need to create what we would can an unaffiliated yearbook. Click here for more info about this process

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