I wasn't really planning on participating in the A-Z project that so many bloggers in the OSR community are joining. And in fact, I'm not joining the project itself, just because I'm too lazy to make the clicks and put up the apple graphic.
However, since Jim Kramer sent me the final files for the long-awaited art book, the letter "A" basically fell into my lap. If I can continue a 26-day run of consistent serendipity, then I'm golden, baby.
So: the Art Book. I've downloaded the one-piece cover from Jim, and I'm currently downloading the interior pages, which are 73MB - full color, high resolution files are monstrously big. Assuming that my computer doesn't crash, then I move on to the next step, which is to load this bad boy onto lulu.
9:19AM, USA central time: I managed to download the file from Jim without mishap, and double checked it (this is after several previous editing cuts, so mainly I'm making sure that the last changes didn't create new glitches, which happens often in edits). So I've now gone to the lulu site, created the new project (I'm starting with the hardcover, but I will have to re-do a lot of this for the softcover), and am now uploading the file for the interior pages. I have about a forty minute wait before I find out if lulu will have any objections to the file.....
So for now, that's the status in terms of producing the book. I don't expect every phase of this to go smoothly, because lulu can be cranky in the extreme. The crankiness is worth it, of course, because it's all quality control, but half-way through the problems (and you never know what they will be - it's new every time) you are ready to scream.
So, anyone who's interested in the internal process of getting a book actually loaded onto lulu, stay tuned. For better or worse - I have no idea what adventures I will run into.