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So, about Crumbling Down...
I definitely want a copy! (Oversized) 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
I definitely want a copy! (Normal) 63%  63%  [ 10 ]
I want a copy if the cost is reasonable (Oversized) 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
I want a copy if the cost is reasonable (Normal) 19%  19%  [ 3 ]
I don't want a copy. 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Total votes : 16
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 Post subject: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:19 am 
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Hello everyone!

Well, it's official -- I'm getting ready to publish Crumbling Down. I've written to Bioware (again) to make sure it's okay, but I suspect it will be. Final edits are done, save for a few typos discovered later. Layout is almost done. There's even cover art!

http://www.tcdale.com/sandbox/CoverArt.jpg

(Feedback on the cover art is welcome)

So, my first order of business is to find out two things:

1) Who is interested in a copy?

and...

2) Would people prefer regular paperback or oversized paperback?

Oversized would be approximately 6 inches wide by 9 inches tall (about 15.25 x 23 cm).

Regular would be approximately 4.25 inches wide by 6.75 inches tall (about 11 x 17 cm).

The current page count would be approximately 590 pages for normal paperback and approximately 300 pages for oversized paperback.

Hardback isn't an option because I want to keep *my* work in binding as simple as possible.

Let me know?

Oh, and costs aren't calculated yet. What I'll do is tally up all the material costs (paper, ink, glue, shipping, etc.), and divide it among the number of people buying. I'm not allowed to make a profit, so you'll simply be paying my costs of producing it (unless you want to *voluntarily* send me a little extra as a *gift*, which is in no way required to get a copy of the book). So, once I know what format and how many people, then I can start making estimates of how much they'd cost.

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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:25 am 
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I get an invalid option when I vote but anyhow I wouldn't mind a copy (regularly paperback is good)!


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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:07 am 
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Hey :) Thanks for alerting me that the polls weren't working. Issue should be fixed now, so vote away!

(Note: If you're still unable to vote, clear your browser's cache and try again. That should clear it up.)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:08 am 
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Sign me up for a copy, too :mrgreen: .


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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:31 pm 
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I'd buy a copy as long as it doesn't cost more than 15$+postal.

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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:35 pm 
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Would love a copy, not sure if i can buy one right now though, struggling with uni and price for train tickets just got raised :evil:

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:45 am 
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Okay, small update. It looks like I'm goign to take an in-between route for the size: not as small as a "normal" size but not as large as "oversized". Specifically, I'll be going for 8 1/2 inches by 5.5 inches.

Why?

There's a reason actually. Going the "normal" route and the "oversized" route both require buying paper and then cutting it down to the specified size. The "normal" route loses nearly half the page of paper, unless you buy legal sized paper (8 1/2 x 14 inches), in which case you can cut two sheets of "normal" from one sheet of "legal". However, legal paper is a *lot* more expensive than normal "letter" sized paper -- nearly twice as much per ream (500 sheets) in every store I've checked so far. Plus, I'd have to pay to get it cut down properly.

So, looking at a "normal" sized book made from legal paper, the *cheapest* I've found so far would be about $60 for enough paper to print about 10 copies (and then not counting actual ink to print it). On the high side, I found it for about $100 for the same amount. Either way, a bit expensive.

If I use the in-between size (basically: a standard sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 letter sized paper, cut in half), I can use up all the paper without material loss and not have to buy a special size. This gets me enough paper to print approximately 20 copies for around $40. (Not counting the ink, again). That's almost half the price. That makes me (and you) happy.

I've also checked print-on-demand publishers such as Lulu, etc., but 1) their terms of service don't allow fanfiction and 2) I suspect it'd still be cheaper to print it myself in the long run.

I'll let you know more when I've got it!

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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:38 pm 
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I'd want one, sure!

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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:34 am 
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Very interested in this. Do you autograph the book? Will it have cover art? By who? Info! Info! Info! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Crumbling Down - Paperback/Hardcover?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:10 pm 
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Hook me up! Hard copy is preferable. My dog has eaten all my paperbacks. Postage might be a problem though... >>


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