Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Am Published

This is not the first time I have been published, but the second. The first time around it was my Thesis for my MS in CE.

A while back I thought that it would be nice to have a hard copy of the BLOG content. I did a cursory search and decided that I would use to create a book with the BLOG contents. It was easier than I thought. I had to get the pages into a publishable format. I chose to use OpenOffice and just paste the contents in the order I wanted from the BLOG and then do some minor formatting for page breaks, but no serious resizing or any of that. I printed the document to a PDF file and submitted it to LULU, and viola', I am published again.

Follow this link to preview and order your own copy if you wish.

Vance Family BLOG 2008

My LuLu Store Front


  1. I am glad for your effort. Tell me about it and how to buy it.

  2. I really want to do this with our blog. Do you have any pointers? I'm not very computer literate. Would you help me, if I got stuck while trying to figure this out?

  3. It is not too complicated to publish your BLOG. I am sure that there are some helper tools available, but I did ours by simply viewing the page in interest, copying the content that I wanted, and pasting it into OpenOffice Writer. When the entire content to be published was in the word processor then I wrote it out to a PDF format file.

    I opened an account at, where I was able to upload PDF file. The only thing left was to design a cover. LuLu had some various cover graphics, of which I chose one, and provided some text for a title. The back cover can contain text provided through the self publish tool.

    There are options for publishing, of which I chose to have an 8-1/2 X 11 format , black and white, and without a ISBN number. Our BLOG was about 450 pages and cost about $30 to bind and publish it. Shipping was extra ~$40 total.


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