Old 11-30-2007, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default Good news! My book's been published!!

A few weeks ago, I started a thread about making books at Blurb dot com and that I was looking to make one of my own. Well, I finally got my copy from UPS today, and I'm very impressed with the results! I opted for the softcover, so I can't say anything about the hardcover, but I'm very pleased with the book and its quality.

If you have any questions about Blurb or the book, don't hesitate to ask. You can check out my book here:
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By using the preview option, it will open up a PDF file so you can get an idea of the layout of the book (just keep in mind the image quality in the PDF is not a representation of the final product; they make it bad so there's less chance of images being stolen and used elsewhere with any success).

So, it's out there, and if you're looking for a last-minute Christmas gift or want to make your kids like you, order your copy today!!
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:03 AM   #2
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If I understand this correctly, I don't think I'd call the book 'published.'
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:23 AM   #3
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Self-published, but still, it makes no difference. Split hairs and try to minimize it all you want, Mike, but the book has its own ISBN and can be sold by Barnes & Noble and others.

Regardless of whether it's "published" or not, the end result is the same: a quality book that you can hold in your hands, and one that I'm very proud of...
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:44 AM   #4
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Congratulations Ween. Are those books printed after someone orders one? Several of my non-train loving friends have said they want me to do a coffee table book of my photos some day. I doubt there'd be enough interest outside of them, so no need for a huge run of them or anything.
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Old 11-30-2007, 04:51 AM   #5
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Thanks, Ken! They publish as the books are ordered, so there's no need to worry about how many copies need to be stocked.

I submitted my book to them on 20 Nov, and they estimated it would be processed and printed and ready to ship on 30 Nov, but it was actually completed early on 24 Nov. I'm guessing anyone who orders one will have about the same wait time.

It was a highly rewarding experience doing this, and now I have a quality, professional product on my coffee table to showcase my work.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:03 AM   #6
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Very cool, Chris. This is something many of us should probably consider giving a try at some point in the future. I looked through the brief preview and it looks like something you should be proud of. You now have a professional way of showing off all those long hours trackside.
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Great!!! Congrats!!! It looks awesome, Chris.
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Thanks, Ken! They publish as the books are ordered, so there's no need to worry about how many copies need to be stocked.
There was a guy at my office that mentioned this operation when he saw some of my photos in my cube. He said it would be a great way to just get your stuff professionally presented in a hard copy format. I guess he made a few books of antique maps that he collected.

I thought about it, but I might wait until the end of 2008, as I'm planning a return trip to the Powder River and MRL, Cajon Pass and the NS Rathole amongst others over the next year or so.

That's cool though, beats the heck out of binder with page protectors, eh?
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Old 11-30-2007, 02:55 PM   #9
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Very nice, Chris. And $32 for 64 pages softbound doesn't sound like too much.

I especially like the pictures on pages 3, 4, and 14. Are those on RP?
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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Yep, they are:

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Old 11-30-2007, 10:11 PM   #11
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I looked through the preview. I like it!

I downloaded the Blurb software a couple of months ago, and thought it looked quite good. I'm also planning to put together a book, after my four week visit to the States next year.
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Old 11-30-2007, 11:14 PM   #12
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Thats pretty good, youve got some great shots in it.

I am a little confused though, is a license from railroads and the such for you to publish a book with photos of their engines? I ask this because I have always been taught that you can not "profit" off of other companies trademarks and the such and have always been confused on the topic.
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I am a little confused though, is a license from railroads and the such for you to publish a book with photos of their engines?
Don't know, don't care. Here's why:

a) I'll never turn a "profit" on the book. Ever. Even if I sell enough copies to cover the cost I paid for my copy, I will never be in the black when compared to the money spent acquiring the photos (camera equipment, gas, wear and tear on the car, time, etc.).
b) If people don't get in trouble for selling their photos to be published in magazines, why is a book any different? Or RP? RP profits off the "railroads", no?
c) See a)

But, if you all want the chance to get me in trouble, just buy a bunch of copies, make my bank account swell, and watch me get sued!! I'm willing to take the risk!
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b) If people don't get in trouble for selling their photos to be published in magazines, why is a book any different?!
Thats a good point that I never thought about!
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Way to go man. It'll take me a while to get enough stuff I'd like to look at over and over again! Kudos.

PS - Sorry I missed you on your trip to the OKC area... it hurts even more now that you're an accomplished author! I'll never be able to say "I watched trains with that guy before he was famous."
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Old 12-01-2007, 01:09 PM   #16
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Nice work, Chris! The picture on the cover is awesome. I hadn't seen that one before, is it on rp?

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You did a great job on it Chris and you should be proud of it. It gives a great look at northern US railroading. The only thing that surprised me was to see the words "Union Pacific" in the TAG line!

Maybe BNSF should pay you for all the advertising you give them.
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Congratulations, Chris! Love the shots. The cover page picture is very nice.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:11 PM   #19
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Thanks, fellas!


As for the cover, yes, this is actually North Dakota (on the extreme opposite end of the state from where I live though):
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Oh, yeah. The Union Pacific thing. I had to attract the smoother-brained clients to my book. You know, those looking for UP photos. But to be honest, there is one UP photo included in the book:
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:42 AM   #20
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Self-published, but still, it makes no difference. Split hairs and try to minimize it all you want, Mike, but the book has its own ISBN and can be sold by Barnes & Noble and others.

Regardless of whether it's "published" or not, the end result is the same: a quality book that you can hold in your hands, and one that I'm very proud of...
I'm not trying to "bring you down", Chris. I just thought it was a bit peculiar that you said you had been published, so I wanted to see if my understanding of this book works was correct.

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Nice work, Chris! The picture on the cover is awesome. I hadn't seen that one before, is it on rp?
Those a silly questions. We should all know what Chris does with all of his shots.
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