I tried several formats even going to 'Comic' format but this Crown Quattro format was the cheapest for the number of pages.
It is 352 pages long and sizewise is larger than Apache and Seven Troop both length and width-wise.
I managed to squeeze 45 lines per page instead of the 30 ish of most books in order to minimise the pages and therefore the cost.
(lulu.com reccomends 30 - 40 lines per page to make it reader friendly)
Its 127,000 words long and the average book is 80,000 so you get your money's worth.
(I'm not comparing it to either book by the way, only for size comparasion.)
Print On Demand (POD) is more expensive per book as they use laser printing instead of lithoprint, but with POD the printer only prints when someone buys a book instead of mainstream where they print in batches of thousands.
When I got the proof copy out of the envelope my response was "Kin hell, It's big"
After receiving numerous hate mail, waking up this morning with a horses head lying next to me and the telegram from Gordon Brown asking me not to waste his voter's money I have reformatted the book making it cheaper.
I reduced the size of the font and decreased the margins making it 184 pages instead of 348. That reduces the price from Â£13.22 to Â£7.98.
Is it in dollars? I'll have to query that. The proof copy that I bought was in Â£? Cheers for the heads up.
The Avtar is me sniffing what I thought were my wife's panties that she sent me in a Red cross parcel to The Falklands. Turned out they were her sisters... so... quite a result huh? (Story in book)
The instant you approve your book it goes for sale on lulu.com. They then submit your ISBN to the Booker database (if you bought one.. you don't have to..) after 2 weeks and then after around 8 weeks it goes on sale on Amazon.
Russia .. hmmm. apart from Red Square and the Metro, a shit tip. Just spent 24 months there (not) building a power station. Totally corrupt! I'm now back in Lancashire but can't find out how to change the bloody thing on arrse.
S.A. next and as advertised I need a crane supervisor. around Â£70 - Â£80K depending on experience. Working for Alstom. Living out in the bush near the Zimbabwe boarder surrounded by safari parks.