Prepping text for Lulu

Pick neutral fonts. Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond.


Set BODY text to Arial 10

Going back through text to push everything inside new margins.

Reset font in boxes to Arial. Ditto all quotes at start of chapter.

Adding page breaks so chapters open on odd numbered page.

Removed headers and footers. Putting page number back.  Will headers and footers give trouble? “First page header outside of print area” appears to be a Word bug. I am not going to worry about it.

Replaced four lo-res images with 300 dpi output from Photoshop.

Reloaded pdf to Lulu. The flipping page size reverted to 9×12. WTF?

Damn. pdf is missing left 1″ of content. Problem shows if I open in Adobe Reader. Something is seriously wrong in the translation of Word to pdf margins.  (I’m looking for guidance on the web.)

And of course the document’s margins in Format > Document are reasonable, yes?

And the paragraph margins are properly set? …yes, now. I was a little over the line.
Does changing the font help?

To diagnose, it will help if you can see the non-printing boundaries of the page. Go to Word > Preferences > View and in the Show  section, place a check mark in “Text boundaries.”

We recommend addressing the following:

  • We detected low resolution images in your file (pages 4, 8-9, 18). For best results we recommend image resolution of 300 ppi.
  • Fonts smaller than 6pts do not consistently print clearly (pages 26, 31-32, 50-51, 55, 100, 103, 145, 178). Please increase your font size and re-upload your file. (Those are superscripts for footnotes.)

Finally, after a full day of making corrections and resizing graphics and what-not, I have a revised pdf going to Lulu. This is version 0.82

Version 0.83 Ahasite will be 0.82 but with page numbers, table of contents, and index restored. I hope I don’t have to re-draw graphics. Re-do margins to center text.

It’s evening and I’m not there yet. Need to stuff the boxes in the LP into the margins. And whatever this is…

This message is to confirm that we finished making your print-ready file for Aha! Get Smart.

We made the following changes:

        • We detected and flattened transparencies in your file.

We recommend addressing the following:

• We detected low resolution images in your file. For best results we recommend image resolution of 300 ppi.

Hmmm. Flattening. Isn’t that where Word saves space on saving? Can’t hurt to try. So flatten .082 and save as .082x. convert to pdf and try at LuLu
Trying .082 at Lulu at 11:30 pm.
The new text is done. Next is assembling the cover. This will doubtless involve Photoshop, an app I’ve never studied, so I hope someone is going to lead me by the hand.
 Sunday, August 9th
Watching YouTube videos to figure out how to use Photoshop to create the cover. There are some awful YouTube videos out there. I just watched three of them, got nowhere. Some of the “tutorials” don’t even have sound! They are just a recording of what goes on on screen with zero explanation.
So far to good. I played around with Photoshop until I had a front and back covers together. Now I’m trying to upload them to Lulu.
 Whew. Version .082 is now on sale on Lulu
Now I will update the online edition adding back in page numbers, contents, index and stripping off the ISBN. This will be 083. Maybe. MS Word is crashing.
Spine Width: 0.394in
Cover Size: 12.64 x 9.25in
Spine Begins: 6.125in

eReader devices often cannot accurately display complex content such as:

  1. Charts
  2. Text boxes
  3. Scientific or mathematic formulas
  4. Embedded objects such as HTML, Smart Art, etc.

If you must include any of the above, we recommend replacing the text with a high-quality JPEG image.

for stuff overhanging the margins. 


Aha! 1.0

Next version of Aha!  Lulu upload of .81 beta. not formatted. handmaid cover, what we got. Lulu version doesn’t really get us much.

Real release will be 1.0. Release in November. Professional appearance.

Okay to deconstruct book and remake it more organically.

Want this to be simple for the reader to do. Maybe they fill out checklists.

After module on assessment & goal setting, explain Famliarland and introduce the chapters as adventures in experimentation.

Joy of Plogs

Marketing tool.

I propose to develop a self-assessment tool, a 15 page planning template and advice. “Excerpt” from Aha! This is a freebie. If people set goals, they’ll probably join Aha! 

Self assessment and setting life goals are the focus of two chapters of Aha! Commitment to written goals motivates exploration of the JDIs.

Excerpt and expanded focus on self assessment and setting goals
Encourage people to set up Plogs

Many people will benefit by having a structured way to consider their career development and advancement. 40% of the U.S. labor force is in contingent jobs now (is that right?–check). Twenty-somethings just setting out on their career journeys and need a foundation. People at all levels in organizations who want to better themselves and become smarter and more savvy. 

This is a free stand-alone public service. Should probably include a fill-in-the-blanks pdf version.

Self Assessment and Progress Log

plogThe Aha! flavor of learning is less about study skills or speed reading and more about where your life is headed. It seeks to make improved ways of learning second nature. Often all it takes to make a great practice part of your repertoire is a brief introduction, a quick exercise in doing it, and deciding whether that channel is a keeper or not. The mantra at Aha! is just do it. That’s where the learning takes hold.

General advice for living a good life: Examine your dreams and strengths. Imagine yourself in one, five, ten, and more years out into the future. Got the vision? Then ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

Scribble some audacious future visions into your Plog. You think about what sorts of experience you need because you’re going learn your craft or management skills by doing them.

You record all of this in your Plog, because trust me on this you’re going to come back to what you’ve written.

A father tells his 18 year-old son how he’s going to treasure looking at a roadmap of how he learned his way into being a professional musician and entrepreneur. An ounce of prevention…

SA & CD,

(two chapters from Aha! go here)

closure = come learn here.  pointers to worthy resources.

for next version:

What about online courses, MOOCs, lectures, schools, and packaged eLearning? Aha! can’t help you. Some online courses are like bad movies. Others are inspiring masterpieces. The free or cheap online education space is expanding exponentially. Our advice: Shop carefully. Their course may be free but your time isn’t. Here’s  a great list of 100+ Self-Education Resources For Lifelong Learners.