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Need A Hard Copy Of My Story

Gandalf_the_CrazedGandalf_the_Crazed VigiloConfidoRegistered User regular
edited December 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
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.

My questions:
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. :P

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA
    edited November 2009
    Make sure the jpegs are super high res to be suitable for printing. To make the PDF's, you can use a program such as CutePDF, which just adds to the list of printers available, except it makes the file.

    Can't help you as far as a specific printing service goes.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    Iirc lulu has guides on their website for creating PDFs and supplying manuscripts with illustrations. I suspect the ghetto method probably involves embedding them in the word document which might be a bit eurgh (graphics always seem to go low res on me in word, but I'm not really a word expert).

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  • PongePonge Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    You could try a 30 day free trial of Adobe inDesign and use that to sort out your layout. It's not a terribly complicated programme, but is not very easy either.

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  • Stupid Mr Whoopsie NameStupid Mr Whoopsie Name Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    You don't want to use JPGs if you are planning on printing this book out. You want to use tiff image files with a minimum of 300dpi.

    Otherwise, anything less and all of your friends hard illustration work will look like fuzzy crap in the printout.

    And I second the suggestion to use InDesign. It's pretty straight forward to use and its purpose is for making books.

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2009
    If you do decide to use indesign, and the free trial suggestion is an excellent idea, learn how to use paragraph styles. Also seek advice on bleed and PDF export settings.

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  • Gandalf_the_CrazedGandalf_the_Crazed Vigilo ConfidoRegistered User regular
    edited December 2009
    Just wanted to say: This InDesign thing?

    I am in fucking love with this program and its paragraph styles. Just everything about this program is amazing. Thank you guys for suggesting it.

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