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Working together: what to expect

Posted on 31 March 2015 in the category Tips and inspiration .

Jilster is the easiest way to make your own magazine. The online editing room is easy to use and allows you to invite other editors so you can work on your magazine together.

Guide: Working together to create a magazine

This is the first installment of a three part guide about working together to create your magazine. Learn more about working together by clicking on the links to part 2 and 3 below.

Part 2. Working together: Communication
Part 3. Working together: Reporting progress

This guide will help you organize and manage the formation, performance and collaboration of your editing team. It contains helpful tips and steps you can use to bring out the best in your editing team and make an awesome magazine together!

Working together part 1: What to expect

Before you start inviting your editors and assigning pages to them, we recommend you take these steps to allow the creation of your magazine to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. These steps also make for a more cohesive magazine design as well as lessen the workload of the chief-editor(s) at the end.

1. Make sure everyone knows what to expect

When you invite some to Jilster, they automatically get a short explanation of Jilster, but they may require a more detailed explanation from you. We recommend using the shoutbox in the editing room to write a message for all new editors to read. This message could welcome the new editors, explain how they get to their page to edit, and outline what the magazine is for. Everyone should know what to do, how to do it, and why they are doing it.

An example for a shoutbox message:

Make your own templates.

2. Have a common goal

Communicate to everyone what the magazine is for. Making a magazine for someone (or for a special purpose) isn’t something you do everyday, and the reaction our customers usually get from the people they give their magazines to is very special. Make sure everyone remembers that goal.

3. Set up a common theme

Before you start you can also decide on the recurring colors and fonts for the magazine. You can communicate this through e-mail, the shoutbox (messages sent to the shoutbox can also be sent to the editors’ e-mail adresses) or any form of communication you prefer.

You could also make one or more re-usable templates that your editors can use as a base for their pages. Learn how to make your own templates. 

4. Add simple explanations to pages

You can add a word or a small explanation on each page in order to create structure and clarity for your editors. Adding words like ‘big photo and anecdote’, ‘jokes + comic’ or ‘insert birthday wish here’ will give your editors a clear instruction for the page.

We hope you find these steps helpful when starting your own magazine with you own team of editors. Click on the button below to get started on your magazine.

Read more about getting started as chief editor.

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