Not too long ago, I wrote about the process of creating comb-bound copies of an early draft of a novel to allow beta-test readers the chance to find errors and mark it up. Well, this book, I'm trying something a little different. It's a gamble and I don't know how it will play out.
Why Lulu? Well, for one thing, this process has been a whole lot easier than filling my office with the smell of ozone for hours or days as I print out all the copies. No aching back from bending over the comb binder as I assemble them. And finally, no fretting over the binding coming loose and people scrambling the pages as they are shipped back and forth through the mail.
This may have cost me slightly more. I'm not sure. I've never done a detailed print cost analysis for when I print them myself. But given that I always have to buy a new toner cartridge in the middle of the process, the costs are probably equivalent. Besides, the printing cost isn't the most expensive part of the process. The mailing cost is. Given that I'm sending these to people all across the country, I send them in flat rate priority mail envelopes with a self-addressed stamped flat rate envelope included, it costs more than $10 each just for the mailing. Even with the shipping costs from Lulu added in, that's less than it cost to print them.
Now, I hate to spend the money, but I really need these people looking over my shoulder and pointing out typos and misspellings and really horrible sentences. A writer can't see his own dumb mistakes.
My biggest fear is that since this is a perfect-bound book, it may inhibit these book-loving people from being as ruthless as they need to be in marking it up. Like I said, it's a gamble. I'll find out when they come back.
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