Q: Is there good software for managing the editorial
process, keeping track of articles that we are developing and future
issues as they are evolving?
Answer: There are a few publication editing software
products, but many of them are designed for large publishing operations
(like a city newspaper or a big-time consumer magazine). They might
be too expensive and too complicated for most smaller scale publications
If you are already using or considering a Content Management Software
product - a tool that organizes articles, photographs, and other
elements for websites and print publications - then you might see
if your CMS program includes front-end modules to help you manage
the process of creating content. There's a great Wikipedia
article about CMS systems that includes a list of them..
check out two third-party vendors who created extensions to inDesign
to handle workflows: Woodwing and DTI
And finally, here's a list of stand-alone products from a range
of vendors. We have no experience with any of these programs, so
for references and see who else is using them.
I recommend my business how-to book for
publishers, Starting and Running
a Successful Newsletter or Magazine.
It will help you understand the key decisions
that drive your profits. My second book,
Nonprofit's Guide to Publishing (co-authored with Lucia Hwang)
covers budgeting issues in even greater detail. Look for both
in your local library, well-stocked bookstores, or buy them right
now from Amazon.com.