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GREAT BOOK DESIGN! Our Life By pfrazier1 Would love to know more about it
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I found her and emailed her to take a look at the forum.

www.imageworkspub.com

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Dec 22, 2008 3:22pm PDT
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GREAT BOOK DESIGN! Our Life By pfrazier1 Would love to know more about it
Book Design and Imaging

It looks like assembled scrapbooking and then scanned. Very nice. I would think this would be a great book for the library in that town or even the state geneological archives.

I created a similar effect in InDesign on the back of my book Forever Home: adopted dogs and the humans who love them.  As I went through the photos a saved out-takes of the photo shoots to show another side of the dogs’ personality.  If you’ve ever taken photos dogs you know you get a lot of blurry nose in the lens shots and dogs streaking out of the frame. I used those for the back cover, rotated them, gave them a photo like border and created a pawprint background. Like they were thrown on a table top. The dogs’ owners loved those the most .  I had to turn the PDF into a jpg and seemed to have lost some resolution but it’s been so long I’m sure I know how to do it better now.

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Dec 22, 2008 3:09pm PDT
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PURL to book location changing to general catalog
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Why does the URL link to my book change? I have a link on my web page but periodically the link to my book goes to a general catalog of blub books. Whats up? How often should I check the link?

www.alaskadognews.com

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Nov 19, 2008 11:47am PDT
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One rescued dog begat a book
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which begat a newsletter. Here it is.

www.alaskadognews.com

If you live in Alaska and participate in canine sports, write about dogs, want to promote your book about dogs to Alaskan dog lovers.  Contact us at Thanks for reading Alaska Dog News.</font>

 

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Jul 20, 2008 10:31am PDT
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Authors, photographers, journalists: Is the line blurring between amateu...
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We all know amatuers that are better at something than a professional. Amatures do something because they are passionate. Professionals may be passionate but now they depend on the income. Sometimes that takes the fun out of it.  As I experienced in the last two years, amatures should take the criticism of professionals into account but don’t ever let it stop you. If I had let the advice of a professional photographer control my interest in a higher level of photography  I’d be working at a box store or worse, a local copy shop.

linda henning

imageworkspub.com  (still under construction- Im too busy)

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Jul 2, 2008 5:40pm PDT
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What Blurb started for me.... its more than a book its an opportunity
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In the early fall of 2006 I contacted Blurbs CEO Eileen Gittens and tried to get them to advertise here in Alaska in a statewide publication I worked for. Eileen suggested I create books and sell them. There was a lot more inbetween those two unrelated things.

Within a month I had lost or quit my job- it was mutual, and lunched into my own business, cramming CS2 tutorials. I was trying to do some commercial graphic work, giving away photography services and not making any money. I’m lucky to have a great supportive husband but by December I was almost forced to work for a local newspaper managing classified. On the first day, I knew I would hate this job as my foot hit the steps to the front door. I resigned by Jan 15. There was some graphics work that would get me by. I started producing the local chamber of commerce newsletter, taking photos of all the business events, governmental events and landscape. I was eeking by through the summer with a book in my mind. One day in September the local radio station was broadcasting the "pet of the week" feature. The DJ was in tears over an old abandon dog with 3 legs. "Dogs" I thought. People love dogs here,  happy dog stories, happy ending stories. I called the DJ and presented the idea of an adopted dog book to her. That’s when started my first commercial book Forever Home:Adopted dogs and the humans who love them. We’d tie the launch of the book, with some profit going to rescue groups, to a radio event. The Radio canceled their event leaving me 3/4 of the way into the book with 19 participating dog owners expecting a big event for "their" book.

I had to get the word out big. I went to the local papers and had interviews, announced it at chamber meetings and did a Power Point presentation to the same group. Emailed my NK2 list – everyone I had ever emailed on this computer, posted to every rescue dog and dog forum I could find and sent all my friends and family Christmas copies with requests to pass the book around. I had to orgainize bulk sales due to the UPS charges. We had 2 orders of 15 -20 books each. I sold about 20 copies to the borough and sat down with the chief of animal control to see what else we could do for the shelter dogs and the rescue groups. He wanted a newsletter. Now , I’m so busy I cant see the top of my desk. "Alaska Dog News" was created to include the borough shelter newsletter. www.alaskadognews.com

Now,  I can advertise my book when ever I want too. Im the publisher! I just hired a part time editor, and contracted a freelance bookkeeper just this week. Since Blurb has added USPS to Alaska 5 more books sold.

The only thing holding me back is fear of loosing control. Oh, Im still juggling credit cards and debt. Neither me or my dogs get enough exercise. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Alaska and I’m inside doing this.  I love it and through Blub its been easy to become a writer, photographer, creative director and a publisher!

I didnt spell check this and spoil the flow.

Linda Henning

www.alaskadognews.com

 

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Jul 2, 2008 5:30pm PDT
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USPS to Alaska
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Thank you ! we sold  5 more books.

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Jul 2, 2008 4:48pm PDT
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Selling books by linking to other events,for our dog book
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Sorry about the HTML I usually write in Word first., here is the URL for the book and newsletter www.alaskadognews.com

and my web site www.imageworkspub.com

Linda

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Apr 6, 2008 3:16pm PDT
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Selling books by linking to other events,for our dog book
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<font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000">  When I published Forever Home: adopted dogs and the humans who love them    I received attention from our local borough assembly and the newspapers. One conversation led to another and now I have a newsletter </font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#800080">www.alaskadognews.com</font><font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000"> in conjunction with the shelter. It has been a planned growth but it has turned out to be far more than I expected. With the release of the newsletter, three new lists are starting to order more books. Take a look at the little slideshow to introduce the newsletter. I also produced a slide show for the book. </font>

<font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#800080">http://www.imageworkspub.com/Dog_Rescue_Fundraiser.php</font>

<font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000">It is spawning off other work both volunteer and for my business. </font>

<font color="#800080">www.imageworkspub.com</font>

 When your preparing your photos file them under "print" (CMYK for both coated and uncoated paper) and "web" (RGB) so that you can send them in emails, post on a web page and use them in other print media like press releases, promotonal material and newspapers. If you set these files up before hand it is much easier to find them later in the proper format.

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Apr 6, 2008 3:10pm PDT
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Why do I have to order a copy of my photo book?
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I ran into the same issue but I can see the point. If you make revisions you need to final proof the book. Its normal policy in professional printing companies(been there, worked that) . Plus Blub gets you to buy another book. In my case in ALASKA I have the added priviledge of paying $30 for shipping a 2lb package,  no options there, unless I send it to a friend in Seattle for $10 and they ship it to me via US postal service. Now, don’t you feel better. I dont make changes until I am ready to order 10 or more books. I am checking into other digial book companies that send USPS for much less. I found shipping statement  from Blurb from 2006 that charged $8 for shipping 2 books. Must have been before they had any traffic in Alaska – quite a jump in price for UPS I’d say.

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Mar 4, 2008 11:30am PDT
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Introducing BlurbNation
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Dear Kathy,

I appologize for the asumption of a lack of business expertise on  marketing’s part. . If you look at your copy, possibly you’ll agree, that stating conditions,up front of an offer would be a more appropriate method of informing your customers of offers. What criteria may seem clear to blurb was not clear to me located at the bottom of the information. I did not discover the "free shipping" was only $7 until I placed the order.  Then when I placed an order for a updated book , still within the free shipping timeline, the code was denied as a one time offer. Can you tell me where that was stated so I can find it again?   I worked for a publishing company for many years as a sales representative to librarians and had to deal with simlar issues regarding truth in advertising and making conditions crystal clear to customer’s  that may not be so saavy. It’s a judgement call to override marketing’s best though maybe misplaced intentions, but I could do that because I knew my customers and had direct contact with all 4,000 of them over a year. I had direct contact with my customers . I am the buffer between Blurb and my communty that can’t even manage going to Blurb and ordering online.

My 22 book order was responed to very quickly.  

Thank You.  

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Jan 10, 2008 6:49pm PDT
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Blurb book Forever Home as a political tool !
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PS – Anyone else created a book to benifit a community service? It would be great to see examples

lh

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Jan 8, 2008 12:07pm PDT
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Blurb book Forever Home as a political tool !
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I just recieved a request for 10 books for our borogh assembly! The book Forever Home was designed to show the happy endings of adopted dogs and has grown into an example of the good works of our local rescue and animal shelter. The book is being presented to our local assembly members to help them determin funding for the Shelter in the next few years. So,  this tells me you can create a book with compelling stories and photos to touch the emotional side of decision makers. Subjects such as animal services, childrens services, elderly services, chamber activities. rotary, fire departments, the list is endless to the uses of these short run books that can have an impact on your community. Thank you Blurb for the service. .

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Jan 8, 2008 12:04pm PDT
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Introducing BlurbNation
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I suggest you put criteria such as "invite only" right up front. Not at the end where most readers do not even get tos.  Also "Free shipping" , " except for Alaska where we will only pay $7 of the $30 per shipment cost, one time only. "  Honestly ,you kids seem like your right out or marketing school or bought into concepts of bait and divert. Tell us what the offer in right up front. Those are honest business practices I would like to see improved on from Blurb. You already have us so how about treating us fairly and honestly. .    Now I have to go order 20 books …. thank you. Linda

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Jan 8, 2008 11:56am PDT
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Introducing BlurbNation
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Thanks Blurb for launching a directory only to have it close 3 days later. After taking the time to fill in the form I get this:

"Thanks for your interest in becoming a BlurbNation Custom Bookmaker. BlurbNation is in a closed pilot phase now, but we’ll get in touch when we’re ready to add more Custom Bookmakers."  To which I reply with a prompt yet respectful BITE ME!

I am continuing to discover many "we are too big for our britches" chinks in the Blrub armor .  The biggest is the inability to talk to a live person after hundreds of dollars have come your way.  and now I just recieved this email ..<font size="2"></font><font size="2">

"BlurbNation is in an initial invite-only phase, but we’ve put you on our waitlist. We’ll review all requests over the next few months and will contact you when we’re ready to add you to the directory. "

Why do you continually offer things like "free shipping" that isn’t and offers that leave out vital information?

 If  operated my business this way I’d loose all my customers. I know I put Eileen’s email somewhere…...

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Jan 6, 2008 6:44pm PDT
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UPS to Alaska Blurb Please allow USPS.
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A little help in shipping costs to Alaska. Price out shipping to www.shiptoalaska.com  Its a little slower but the cost from the printer (in Seattle) to shiptoalaska (in Seattle) is about $7. add $9 for deleivery to Anchorage. You have to pick up in Anchorage or add USPS . So its a little better. Like others on  another forum they are finding that buying copies to sell directly is the way to go. I’ve sold 6 through blurb, and over 20 with an order form and bulk order. Few want to go through the effort to become a blubarian, register,  and pay the individual shipping costs.

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Dec 28, 2007 12:38pm PDT
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Forever Home: Rescued dogs fundraiser WOW!
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I made the local news. While the reporter misquoted me (and had a few facts wrong) any news is good news. I got a dozen calls and emails about my book. I happen to know people around town and did a presentation on my book at my local chamber luncheon. If you save your photos and small bits of copy to a Powerpoint file while you make your book, you’ll have a presentation ready.

The book looks good and the composite JPG that I did for the back cover looks just as good as the template. So now I know I’m not a slave to the template! I don’t know how the black copy would look but I found flowing copy was a pain. I have to go in to make a few minor corrections in the copy and I’m nervous now that every thing is aligned.

My book is Forever Home. Feedback is welcome.

Here’s the news story: http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2007/12/04/local_news/doc4754f31a3dff3461980046.txt

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Dec 5, 2007 1:23pm PDT
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UPS to Alaska Blurb Please allow USPS.
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Thanks so much for responding. Our other issue here is that many people do not have mail delivery. Many use USPS PO boxes. The little brown trucks do not go to 3/4 of the state because there is only one road north , south and out to Canada. UPS flys in to the main cities and does not go out to towns off of the road system. 

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Dec 5, 2007 1:08pm PDT
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UPS to Alaska Blurb Please allow USPS.
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Im going to beat this drum again and again. Blurb could have a huge market here if you either got a printing partner here or go USPS. We got creative by developing a bulk order process but I can’t do this forever.  UPS is a minimum of $30 a shipment. On top of that the standards for Alaskan UPS are no better than USPS here. I believe they are even contracted and not UPS employees.

Here is an article in our local paper about the book – Its pretty good and increased sales. <font size="2"></font><font size="2">

.http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2007/12/04/local_news/doc4754f31a3dff3461980046.txt

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Dec 4, 2007 7:32pm PDT
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Forever Home:rescued dogs fundraiser WOW!
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All in all blub did great! I took my book to our local radio station, they were partly responsible for getting me started on the book, and ohhs and ahhs all around. I thin took it to our arts group again rave reviewsand a lump in a few throats. I stopped by our local newspaper The Frontiersman and they will do an article. Kismet! the competing Anchorage Daily News that covers Alaska called me and I showed them copy – Coverage statewide for me, the animal rescue and BLURB! I had an email address for Eileen (Blurb CEO) but cant find it. Im too excieted. Her encouraging emails last October were just the nudge I needed to start my own business.

I thank you and the dogs thank you.Check out my book

Forever Home:adopted dogs and the humans who love them.

comments are welcome

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Nov 15, 2007 8:04pm PDT
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Book Cover Text layout question
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I have both photoshop and the less expensive at $99 Photoshop Elements. We’ll see what it looks like in print but I built an entire full page, type inbedded, collage, like a scrap book page, for my back cover. I think it was easier than struggling with the template. I could use more fonts, apply effects, float and rotate photos and type. I dont think there is any reason that any full bleed photo page cant be built this way. There are disadvantages with Elements for most applications but for Blurb books it keeps everthing in an 8bit jpg and is a little more user friendly. I was worried about the file size but it was ok this time.  I think because I resized the photos to the actual size, I didn’t have a 3 mg 8×10 in a 500 kb 1×2 so over all the back page was only 2.5 mg. Wow I finally feel like I know what Im talking about.

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Nov 8, 2007 12:22pm PDT
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Booksmart bugs
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I had the same error problems but worse. The undo even states it ctrl+Z. Pretty odd Im up this late without a glass of wine in my fist but I had to get this book done. Its a fund raiser for the local dog rescue groups and a promo for me. I have to say I was till tearing up at some of the stories when I reviewed it. And its all happy stories and photos.

I had the same crashing when I tried to adjust copy flow. what is up with that? Im spoiled on Indesign but this was worse than the old newspaper Quark I had to learn and use for a month last year. Drops letters, deletes, jumpy and slow.

Copy clipping- I hope if I can see it on the screen and see it on my printout that its there. the clipped copy warning can be for odd spaces left in at the end of the paragraph. Yikes. it was crazy

Finally printing, maybe Im tired – 3 days hammering away at this but the first time I printed out a copy it was fine and automatically came out on 8.5 X 11 at 85%. Perfect to proof but the program crashed part way. When I finished I printed out another copy. No matter what adjustments I made landscape, fit page, even put 85% on the printer preferences and it printed out at 200 % and said it was a 2 GB file. what? Thats not what uploaded. I did get it to print out tiny 2 pages per letter size sheet. but cant read it.

Feeling lucky I ordered a hard bound and a soft bound. Anyone interested in taking a look at the concept its at www.imageworkspub.com   Rescue dog fundraiser.

I’ll make it public as soon as I see my copies.  I cant believe its done and I can go outside.

 Lindahenning@imageworkspub.com

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Nov 8, 2007 12:36am PDT
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