It can be difficult to choose a yearbook publisher. We’re here to let you in on a secret to  make it easier. “What’s that,” you ask? You’re already on the right track. Asking questions is the best way to determine if the yearbook publisher is the right fit for your school. 

Choosing your yearbook publisher is an important decision – so what’s important to you and your school? To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve put together this cheat sheet of questions to ask your yearbook publisher. 

There are many choices when it comes to yearbook publishers. Whittling down the right choice for you can depend on a few key questions. Here are 5 we recommend you ask:

1.) What services do you provide? 

You may have a fantastic yearbook staff in house, but there may still be additional services that you require. You may want a yearbook representative who is on hand to help with the whole process. Do you need them to stop by on a monthly basis? Perhaps you’d be more comfortable with email correspondence or phone calls to check in. Finding a publisher that offers customer care and technical support teams is key.

You may also need help marketing your yearbook. How about tips and tricks on the best places to market your yearbooks? Perhaps you’re more interested in tools to help promote and sell your yearbooks. Don’t be shy to ask what services your potential yearbook publisher has to support you.

2.) How much does it cost? 

Let’s get the tricky question out of the way. Asking about price can help you prepare your budget in advance. It also helps ensure that you have enough set aside for your yearbook publishing costs.

Remember, it’s not just about the bottom line cost. Many yearbook publishers will offer free tools or software to give you more bang for your buck. Verify what the price quoted includes. Don’t forget to ask about shipping and delivery costs.

3.) What kind of quality can I expect? 

You’ve spent a long time putting your yearbook together. Naturally, you want professional quality from cover to cover. Vibrant color printing, specialty cover options and personalization features can all help to give your yearbook that professional look.

But don’t just take their word for it! Holding a sample in your hand is the best way to assess quality. Ask if your yearbook publisher offers free yearbook samples. This will help you determine if the quality offered matches your expectations. 

4.) What design software do you offer?

Yearbook software can help you to take your yearbook to the next level. Do you want software that allows you to collaborate with your team? What about software that allows you to work remotely and share your progress?

At YearbookLife, we offer a choice of yearbook software, including Pictavo and YBLive. Choose from an extensive library of page designs, templates and backgrounds. The enhanced design features allow you to create a one-of-a-kind yearbook.

5.) How fast is your delivery time? 

It may seem like a small detail, but the delivery time for your yearbooks can be a big deal. If your yearbook publisher requires your yearbook months in advance, you risk missing out on the end of year events.

Finding a yearbook publisher that can offer fast delivery means that you can include every event of the year in your book. At YearbookLife, we can deliver your yearbooks in as little as ten business days!

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At YearbookLife, we make yearbooks easy. Our easy-to-use yearbook design software and technical support assistance help simplify the yearbook process for you. Plus, our experienced customer care team are on hand to help you market your yearbook and increase your yearbook sales. If you’d like to request a quote today, please click here.