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Friday, January 15, 2010

Core Rules on the Way!

I ordered a print proof from Lulu yesterday in the wee hours of the morning. It fulfilled and shipped in one day, so I should have the (hopefully) only proof I need to go over for any last minute layout or art changes (which I'm hoping there won't be any major issues that need fixed). I will be using the Ossus map for the front and back covers (as seen on the right under 'What I'm Playing') with minimal intrusion of the title. My thinking is that you won't see it on a bookshelf so the spine should be reserved for that, I hope it's presentation is as good as I think it will be.

I'll post more on this after it gets delivered and review it.


Daddy Grognard said...

Hey, James, your namesake at Underdark Gazette has pointed me towards Lulu as a possible vehicle for publishing some of my campaign stuff. How easy is this to do, for a luddite such as myself and what costs are involved? I can work Blogger pretty well so that's the kind of tech level I'm at.

Many thanks, DG

James Bobb said...

There's no cost involved to you at all (the cost is created when someone orders your book, and the customer is the one who pays all of the creation costs for a printed dead tree work). The only work involved (besides writing your material up) is getting art if you can't draw and making your work into a pdf (some people use Adobe, I personally use PDF Converter). Lulu walks you through the process step by step, from uploading the pdf file full of your book's content to creating a cover and they provide optional advertising and package deals (I don't know much about them, as I've only relied on message boards and word of mouth to do my own advertising and Lulu's services do cost you a fee to use).

There are other print on demand services out there, but thus far Lulu has been the best one in terms of quality and service.

Daddy Grognard said...

Thanks for that, James. It's certainly something that I intend to make a 2010 to-do target and this will help immeasurably. I'm sort of okay-ish on art, but perhaps I should get some training in. Judging by the hassle Jim Raggi has had getting artists for his next project, the DIY route may be the way to go.

I used to scan all my stuff in as Adobe pdfs but then found the facility to do them as jpegs, which is very handy when e-mailing pictures. Also for uploading to blog posts. I'll check out PDF Converter when I get a moment.

Again, thanks. That's what I love about the Old School blogosphere - just guys helping out guys!