- Consult with you on your project's audience and purpose.
- Help you find freelance assistance if you can't provide the text or the necessary illustrations, graphics, or charts for your print project.
- Edit the text of educational publications and promotional items written by clients from Purdue Extension and the Purdue College of Agriculture.
- Design and lay out print projects, ranging from Extension publications to research reports to brochures to promotional items like table tents and postcards.
- Design templates you can use for your newsletters, flyers, etc.
- For extensive, team-driven projects:
- Consult AgComm before you start.
- Agree on conventions before your team starts writing.
- Choose a project coordinator who will ensure consistency and liase with your AgComm editor and designer.
- Ask colleagues to review what you have written.
- If a student has written text, note on the text that you have reviewed and approved it before sending it to AgComm.
- Secure permission to use text and images from published sources (including the Web).
Guidelines for Text
- Provide complete, continuous draft of text.
- Make suggested changes, and address your editor's concerns.
- Provide edited text as a file, preferably in MS Word and definitely not in MS Publisher.
- Provide text in minimally formatted, manuscript form. Do not lay out the text.
- Separate paragraphs with blank lines, and do not indent.
- Do not use all caps or put double spaces between sentences.
Questions? Ask your AgComm editor.
Guidelines for Tables
- Submit tables as MS Word table files. The tables do not need to be separated from the rest of the manuscript.
- Text files with table columns separated by single tabs with no extra spaces or extra hard returns are also accepted.
- Provide hard copy of tables.
- Do not provide tables as graphics or Excel files.
Guidelines for Graphics and Photos
- Provide all graphics and photos.
- Provide all graphics and photos at once, not piecemeal over the course of the project.
- Provide original copies of any manipulated images.
- Make sure graphics and photos are at 300 dpi resolution.
- Take digital photos at the highest quality setting your camera allows.
- Convert all Excel files to Word files (Printing Services can do the conversion for a fee).
- Do not embed graphics or photos in the text file.
- Provide as many high-quality graphics and photos as possible so that the designer can choose the best for your project.
Questions? Ask your AgComm editor or designer.