Saturday, November 10, 2012
Eight Years Young! And New Printer/Scanner Experimenting for Book Publishing
Some of you know and some of you don't that these kids, my grand kids born to my daughter eight years ago, were born preemies. Grand daughter weighed in at 3 lbs, and Grand son weighed in at 2.5 lbs. They were so tiny they fit in the palm of my hand. It was a scary time, but modern medicine helped and they have grown into normal sized bodies and very bright minds; kids who both love to play on soccer teams, both draw well, do well in school and are just all around fun to be with kids!
I just scanned that new photo on my new HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus printer/scanner.
I'm happy to see how brilliantly colorful the photo it is on my monitor screen.
I also ripped out a little painting from my art journal that I am not especially proud of, but wanted to see it scanned laying flat in the scanner with the top down. I had been scanning art still in the art journal and they are not coming out so sharp.
I'm not sure if the colors will be bright enough to look good once transferred. And I am not sure what is the best place for transferring.
The project is an attempt to upload my art for a book I want to self publish. I am thinking to work with Create Space at Amazon. The options seem to be to load my art on Microsoft Word or a PDF format called Create It. My first attempt with Create It after downloading the free program was disappointing, as I could not seem to get my picture files to open in it. On Word I found the set up/editing features less than easy going.
This is as far as I have gotten.
1. bought a new printer/scanner with 4800 X 4800 DPI for best scanned art. (good price at Costco)
2. downloading PDF Create It (free)
3. signing up at Create Space at Amazon. (free)
4. attempting to create on Word.
5. failing at transferring photos to PDF Create It...
Equals a lot of frustration.
Anyone out there with experience at self publishing a book with pictures and who wants to share info
I am all ears! It would be much appreciated.
I'd really like to get this book off the ground. (I am not interested in using the photo book self publishers like My Publisher. They are good for one book at a time; but I want to use a company like Amazon who will publish books in bulk at little cost to me, letting me set my own price, and then put them for sale on Amazon.com, e-books, etc. at no cost to me.)