Yearbook Questions? Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding the book. Sorry to keep you all waiting for the it. That was not part of the plan. It’s part of the consequence of student procrastination. That said, when it does arrive, you’ll be impressed the the finished product!
When can we pick up our book? We will notify anyone by eMail who wants to be on our Distribution Notice List to email@example.com. Currently, we have over 150 names. Send us a note, kindly ask to be notified when the book comes in, and then we will give you a few days notice to pick up the book on campus. Since the campus will be closed, the yearbook staff has to coordinate re-opening with the student store and administration.
But WHEN will it be here? Oh yeah, as of the last day of school (June 19, 2012), the printer is not done publishing the book. The printer told us that it would take at least a week from when they get the files to when the book arrives on campus. When the books are on the way, we’ll eMail everyone on our Distribution list.
What if I can’t pick it up when it comes in? When school starts again, bring in your ID (School or official CA Identification Card). For security reasons, we won’t give you someone else’s book. (To ensure this security, NOTIFY US at firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU WON’T BE AROUND TO PICK IT UP so we can flag your copy)
When can we get our yearbook signed? Come to the distribution day over the summer. About 250 students are expected. Bring your friends to have a signing party.
Why is it so late? Mostly, it’s our staff. They knew the book’s deadline was April, they knew they needed to work after school, they knew that their grade would be affected, and they knew that their procrastination could result in a late book. If you want to know why they didn’t go the extra mile for you, ask them. (Editor in Chief was Mayra A. Vega, with the limited help of Jennifer Ramirez, Jose Pena, Monique Ferrusquilla, Celenne Rodriguez, Ivan Orozco, Daniel Rodriguez, Tania Garcia, Leonel Lopez, Sergio Perez, and Danielle Murrilo.) The staff members who worked the hardest, whose thanks was earned, were Jennifer Orozco (stepped in as Chief), Heidi Martinez, Ariana Lopez, Stephanie Orozco, Nadia Villanueva, Lorena Aguilar, Mayra Vega (junior), Ana Zapata, Andrea Fernandez, Ashley Munoz, Oscar Yepez and Rebecca Vazquez.
Who can I complain to about the yearbook being late? First of all, it is a student publication. Kids write, design, edit and manage the book. Just like any class, there is a fair amount of procrastination. (See the list of names in the “Why t Late?” response identified in the parenthesis.) The yearbook publisher is Mbrosia. It was our first year with them. We chose them on the recommendation of other schools and because they would help us lower the cost for students. Add your complaints to the comments here, so anyone searching their name as a reference would see your response. We we researched them last year, not much came up online except from a few schools who announced that they worked together.
Can I still buy one? We ordered enough for all the presales, as of June 10, plus 50 extra. As of now (June 18), about 30 copies remain. When the books get distributed, we’ll send out a notice to anyone on the list at email@example.com, even people who want to buy it when it comes in. If there are any left, buy it at the distribution event.
What happens if they’re sold out? The publisher will re-print the book, according to the yearbook company, when they have a waiting list of 50 students. This is why it is important to order your book during the year when the pre-sale option is available.
Why is the book so expensive? Have you compared the price at other schools? It’s at least $90 at all other schools in the district, and the price only goes higher the longer you wait. This year, the price was $75, and stayed that cost. We haven’t raised the cost in at least 7 years, even though it gets more expensive to produce. If more people bought the book, it would be MUCH cheaper. In the past we have overestimated the number of copies needed which would give enough extra copies for last minute buyers. Unfortunately, so many have gone unsold that the school loses thousands of dollars each year. To keep the book cost low, we switched vendors and made quantity adjustments. The more presales, the lower the cost. The fewer extra books, the lower the cost.
Will this happen again next year? That depends on next year’s staff. If get a dedicated group of students who take ownership of the project in Yearbook class, we could be back on track with books distributed before the last few weeks of school.
What will change to make sure this won’t happen again? The current yearbook adviser, John Rodriguez, will begin his 6th year in this position, if his layoff notice is taken back. Each year, he thinks he’s t- – h- – i- -s much closer to perfecting the process. Unfortunately, with an almost entirely new staff, there is no guarantee that the next staff will succeed. No guarantee, only hope.
Can I get a refund? No. All sales are final. Remember, this is a student written, designed, edited, and managed project.
What if you haven’t answered my question? Post it in a comment and we’ll add it to the list.