Catching up on this thread...yes, the promotion part is tough. The reception for my first book by the people who I thought would care was, well monumentally disappointing to say the least. Keeping in mind that I am giving away the eBook for free, I sent it to the rangers who run the park and received no response. I took it into the visitor center and left a copy for their review. I picked it up two weeks later, with a note to contact the Volunteer group who runs the bookstore. I was ignored for two more weeks, so I contacted the president. She finally wrote me saying my price point was too high, which is a lie as it was no more than the other books and I even offered to sell it at cost so they could raise money. I don't want to sound arrogant, but I can only guess that they were envious of my work/book. I can't think of any other reason that they were so rude, and I am still quite angry with them. Fortunately friends, family, and others have enjoyed my book.
Fortunately my second book has had a much better reception. The local gardening stores ordered a few copies without my promotion and have begun selling it as well. Their Volunteer group ignored me at first, but has since been very supportive.
So my results have been pretty mixed, but to be perfectly honest these books are for me. I wanted a goal and a way to summarize my work and I am happy with both books. If others enjoy them, that's just a bonus, and if I make a few dollars from them, that's great, too.
Brilliant post. Brilliant thread.
1. Did you make the photos any brighter than they were on your monitor?
2. Did you add any extra sharpening for the book?
3. Why do you prefer Indesign more than others?
Thank you so much.
Great photos in your book, wish there was more text.
Sanj, thank you for the nice comments and I went back & forth on adding more text, but ultimately wanted the photos to speak for themselves. I'm considering another book which would feature more text, however. As for the questions:1. Did you make the photos any brighter than they were on your monitor?
No, I did not, but I profiled with a combination of soft-proofing in PS, InDesign, PDF, and a PostScript printer. 2. Did you add any extra sharpening for the book?
Yes, all of the photos are sharpened more than they would be for on-screen. I ran a batch process in PS to do it, so it would be consistent. The extra sharpening was slight because high quality presses are actually pretty good at details.3. Why do you prefer Indesign more than others?
I have been using it since it was in beta and at the time it was so much better than Quark Express it wasn't funny. It still has the best typography and page handling of any layout program and the round-trip editing with PS makes it ideal. It requires a pretty high-end PC, but never lags. You can use Illustrator or PS, but that only allows one page at a time and then you have to combine them all with Acrobat Pro or a similar program. Adobe PageMaker is for manuals and documents, not books. Quark is better, but IMHO, still no match for InDesign.