So I've been trying to get my S&S books into print on DriveThruRPG. The process has been frustrating, to say the least. On Lulu, there is a very simple, user-friendly, step-by-step process to upload your files, which Lulu then converts to print ready format--they have an online template that you can use to do layout for cover files. I had hoped that I could simply transfer my print files from Lulu to DriveThru and be done with it.
Alas, no such luck. DriveThru uses Lightning Source, which is a more traditional printer. This means they have very specific guidelines for layout when it comes to creating interior and cover files. While my print-ready interiors seemed to upload fine, Lightning Source has rejected my first three efforts at cover files. It's a very exacting, fiddly, and detailed process that I don't quite grok just yet. Alas, I don't have the funding to hire a freelancer to do my covers for me. On the up side, I think I've finally got it worked out, but I
have to wait for my latest rejection to come back--seems I accidentally
submitted while in the middle of updating files last night.
Please note I'm not lambasting DriveThru or Lightning Source. I'm just frustrated with the learning curve--I'm learning to be a graphic designer, now, on top of a writer, editor, and publisher. But in the end, this will benefit both me in the realm of developing new skills, and Elf Lair, as DriveThru is certainly a better and more visible source to support our games.
So, with any luck, we'll be in print on DriveThru within the next week or two. Fingers crossed!