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OK, first, a celebration: I've been working on this story since late June, off and on, editing it like a motherfucker, and agonizing over every last goddamned detail. It's only 10,000 words, but it is a major accomplishment for me. So yay me.
But that's not why I came here. The entire reason I've been writing this story was to give it as a Christmas gift. An artistically talented friend of mine is doing some illustrations for it, and I'd like to get a hard copy printed (probably from Lulu?), rather than simply give the gift as a computer file. So here's the situation.
Currently, I've got the story divided into 3 Word documents (because I wrote a section in the middle first, then went back and started from the beginning, then wrote the section after the middle one), and my friend is going to send me the illustrations as JPEGs or some other image format. He hasn't been real specific on that, mostly because I haven't asked. The illustrations will be color, though a few black-and-white ones may slip in, for stylistic reasons.
1. I'm planning to use Lulu. Is that a good call, or should I go with someplace else?
2. How should I go about converting the raw Word documents and illustration files into a cohesive PDF or something that can be the "finished product"? I've never made a PDF or anything more complicated than a two-page newsletter before.
3. Anything else I should know?
EDIT: The irony of posting this thread with my NaNoWriMo badge of shame in my sig has not escaped me.