The consensus on our next publishing project is for a Purim publication. Purim this year is on Sunday, March 16. What do we want to do between now and then to bring this about? Same as last year but with more time? Do we want to change anything about how we approach it?
To recap (and working from memory so please correct any errors), this is what we did last year in a span of about two energetic weeks:
We collected candidate questions on a meta post. Some tags were suggested as starting points. Some notes were made about which section of the haggadah they fit in.
We determined a format for individual questions, such that they could be imported into the final document, and posted a template. Meanwhile, Jin made us a Word template for the final document (thanks!).
People who wanted to help chose questions they liked, from the list or not, and edited them: copy-editing, choosing an appropriate subset of the answers, expanding abbreviations and links, and pulling out user-profile links for contributors. (As with all posts, others were free to edit and sometimes did.) People voted on these, but we ended up using all of them.
Somebody wrote an introduction (I think as a meta post?).
After a declared freeze date, a dedicated volunteer imported the meta posts into Word using Jin's template, organizing the questions into a logical and pleasing order and assembling a contributor list from all the profile URLs. He and others commenced to do further proofreading and copy-editing.
A PDF was produced and made available for download, people spread the word, and much happiness ensued.
We might want to look at some changes for the Purim book:
We could start earlier. :-)
There was an obvious, logical organization for the haggadah; Purim might not be so obvious, so we should think about structure. Tied to this: how do we anticipate people using this publication? As study material? As material to be shared at Purim celebrations (like Purim Torah)? Other?
Do we have thoughts about how large a publication we'd like? (Page count? Question count?)
How will we spread it? If we want to advertise it anywhere (beyond the informal word-of-mouth we did last year), what are relevant deadlines?
Are we happy with "download and print the PDF"? If not, what would we want to do in addition?
What else have I missed?