I am in the process of creating a gospel tract. My goal is something that is streamlined, attractive, easy to read, and most importantly communicates the essential elements of the gospel. (In case you are wondering, the tract will be available here once it is printed.)
As I have searched through various sources, I have to laugh at some of the tracts that are being produced these days. If I was a non-Christian and was handed a tract the length of a novel, I would not read it. If I was handed a tract that was chocolate-scented, I would throw it away. (Yes, I really did find a chocolate scented tract in my browsing through various tracts.) I would want something that seemed to match the media quality of other mainstream material I receive if I was to take it seriously.
Now I am thankful that there are all kinds of tracts and more importantly that there are people handing out tracts. I know that if God can speak through a donkey, He can certainly speak through a tract that does not meet my personal preferences.
The most important thing is that we are to put forth our best effort when doing something for the Lord. If I am going to hand a tract to someone, I want it to reflect my desire to to do things for the glory of God.
I have a friend that tosses tracts when they get crumpled. He does not want to hand someone something that is of poor quality or condition. I respect that. Jesus did not give us His second best on the cross. He gave His all, and when we share the gospel, we need to give our best. Now this is not to make us look good but rather to make Him look great. He is worthy!