Authors’ Advocate Website came into being as the publishing world witnessed the crossover from the traditional print based publishing model to the modern online publishing phenomenon of Blogging, Article Writing, Guest Posting and more recently Google Authorship. We offer how advice for writers to get started with Google Plus and Google Authorship. We regularly feature artists and writers who are starting out with Google Authorship. Our guests come from all walks of life and write about a whole host of topics. If you would like yo be featured on our site please contact Jerrod Hoadley through the Contact Page. Enjoy….!

How to Self Publish a Book

self publishI want to introduce you to a website I have been using now for really quite a long time, this company is called Blurb and what I do is print books, they are one of the companies driving technology behind the self publishing revolution that happen in the last 5 to 8years. As it happens I have been using this site since I think 2002 something like that and I do all of my paper backs in hard covers.

So what Blurb has done is make the process of making books very simple, let’s start by looking at the sort of books you can make here. Certainly you can make photobooks, which is what you can now do in a lot of different places, you can do this through apple, you can this through many companies now who have made the margin in this business vanish, so photo books certainly you can do. But the part I am interested in that is unusual about blurb are the trade books, these are the kinds of books you find in book stores, these are pocket size books, trade page backs, hard covers, as well in the world of publishing your own book and this is where I think blurb really comes into its own.

So let’s say for a second I want to create a book, maybe about 120 pages, so if I go back to the Blurb website I can calculate the price, and it tells me that I will get a 100 copies of the trade page back which is the one am interested in, (in black and white) for $599, thats about 6 dollars a pop, I want less then the price is going to go up to about 8 dollars a pop. Think about it, I can upload my e-book to this website and get even a single copy for as little as 8 dollars.

So let’s look at how to do this a little more specifically, but first see how Blurb have come a variety of different ways of doing this. The easiest I think is what I call Booksmart.  Booksmart is when you download an app to your computer, and create the book using the app and then upload it to the blurb system. They will then print it out for you and send it to you. The other thing that I use a lot is the “Indesign” plugins, now I am not expecting you to know how to use Indesign, the best way is to hire someone who knows how to use it from a website like Fiverr or Elance.

For example, if we go to Elance and I want to find a designer I just type in “designer” and Elance will tell me in this case that there are 3600 designers waiting to help me. If I type in indesign I become more
specific and now there is 3,362 designers who know indesign, if for example I narrow my search
to just the United States, it comes back with a small number of people, 1300 people who know how to use indesign and live within the US.

But let’s go back to Blurb, so let’s say I just want to create a paperback, how will that work? Well I can start by downloading BookSmart, when you have this app installed you can start a new book from scratch. For demonstration I am going to use an old manuscript of mine from a book I have written called The Google
Gamble, so I just type in the title and my name, and In this case select a trade paperback which is the standard size you use in book stores. Next it ask what kind of layout do I want… do I want something blank, do I go for my own or start from scratch, do I want to use one of their portfolios, such as photobook or guestbook? I could even use a blog where I go straight to a blog on the web and it will draw the content for me, in this case I have a word document which is how I recommend you begin. So I tell the program I want a word document and click to continue In a matter of seconds, magically Blurb actually lays out my book for me in various formats.

Then I am going to go ahead and select the style of cover. I’ve got lots of options here, for example if I want to change the font on cover I could and I could begin to play with the layout if I wanted to.

There are some basic layout tools that you can use. For me to do a complete book I will hire someone to do the design using a service like Fiverr or Elance, more likely Elance, you can see it put together very quickly and have a sequence of pages laid out beautifully and ready to go and with a very small amount of work.

So once you get a cover that you like and you got some copy that you like you can press ‘previewbook’ to flick through one last time to make sure it’s how you want it, then you click to order the book. This is where it’s amazing, but once you have got that done you simply log in to your account on Blurb and you will upload it there for you for free.

What’s great is when you upload a particular book it automatically creates a sort of a sales page for you. Other people can preview the book, this is very powerful and I can select how many pages are pre-viewable when it goes full screen and you can see  my cover and into the pages. Someone could have a look and make a decision whether they might like to buy. I could just show the first 15 pages of mybook or I could choose the book’s language.

I can choose my own pricing which is what’s so powerful, I simply select my markup and there is my final price $14.99 and then using a special link I could actually pop a promotional widget into my blog or my Facebook page, and it is now live

That’s why I find Blurb to be such a fantastic and easy to use system and you can see it’s so easy to get your book published online and on sale and ready to go in a matter of a few clicks using a free account and free software to do it. By the way the side benefit is when you sell these books Blurb just sends you a check for the difference between the cost price and the sale price at the end of every month, not a bad way to get a check at the end of the month. I encourage you to check it out.

Features G+ Author – Brendan Foster

Brendan Foster

Mr Brendan Foster

Brendan Forster

Brendan Foster is the owner of Louisville Roofing Contractors, When he’s not up a ladder or repairing a roof he like to write about the Construction industry, and especially the Roofing profession. His real interest lies in innovation and development. He like to review new products and write about the new training required for tradesmen to instal the latest products

Two driving forces in todays market are 1. Cost and 2. Sustainability. Recently he tested a new radiant barrier form of insulation for metal buildings… here is a sample of his writing.

Writing About the Roofing Industry

There are different methods for installing a radiant barrier in a commercial-type building. When I say commercial-type building, it could be an airplane hangar, a barn, a shed, a mini-storage unit… pretty much any building that’s a non-residential attic type. In fact, our original website Rooferslouisvilleky.org covers everything you need to know about residential attic applications.

The biggest challenge is that there are so many different type buildings that can benefit from a radiant barrier that we can’t cover every type of building in detail. I’m going to cover most of the common-type buildings and honestly there’s really no right or wrong way to install it. You really might have to improvise to make it work.

I apologize, but we don’t have a lot of videos or pictures from customers so if you have any questions, please send me an email or give me a call; send me pictures of your building and I will help you with a solution for installing Ware House Foil in your building.

Remember, this information is for NON-CONDITIONED (or non-insulated) buildings. These are buildings that are typically just a shell. They usually are either metal,or wood, or a flat warehouse type building. There’s usually air flowing through from the doors and the windows and the shell is getting hot, absorbing radiant heat from the sun, and then it’s re-radiating heat across the space and heating up everything inside the building.

The main thing to remember is to just cover as much of the shell as possible. Basically, if the sun is hitting one side, you want to get a piece of Ware House Foil on the inside between you and that outer shell.

Here are some general rules to follow when installing Ware House Foil:

  • 1. The more coverage, the better. Radiant barrier has a cumulative effect. Just like if you put a tree over half the building, it’ll help, same thing if you put radiant barrier over half the building, it will help to. If the sun is hitting the outside of the building, you really want foil on the inside. Finally, it’s OK if you have gaps or cracks or small openings in the foil. Just remember, the more coverage the better.
  • 2. It does not have to be pretty or perfect. Just get the Ware House Foil up! The heat doesn’t care if the foil is a little crooked or wrinkly. Finally, let the air flow. You want air to flow freely though the building. We found this to be the case when we helped Cincinnati Roofing Contractors on a project called Roofing CincinnatiUsually air is gonna come in the building through doors and windows and then exhaust through the top of the building through some type of exhaust vents. Most buildings can be categorized in to one of three types.

The first are warehouse type buildings
These are usually flat roofed buildings and they’re built with either concrete walls or cinder block walls. They usually have a flat roof using a purlin system to hold the roof up, usually either a tar and gravel type roof or possibly just a bare metal roof.

The second type of building are wood-framed buildings.
These are buildings that are built with wood frames and they’ve either got a metal-type shell (like a garage or an auto shop) or they will have a wood-type shell (like a barn).

Finally, the last type of building are metal-framed buildings. These are buildings that are all metal framing and they usually have an all-metal exterior skin.

I’m going to give a brief summary on how to install Ware House Foil in each type of building. You’ll find complete information on how to install in the different type buildings at www.rooferslouisvilleky.org/commercial

For warehouse-type buildings with purlins, you’re generally going to run the Ware House Foil between the purlins, up and over the cross supports. Now the product is available both in 48″ and 60″ wide rolls. Typically purlins are on 60″ (or 5ft) centers, so the foil fits perfectly between the two purlins. All you have to do is bring the foil up and over the cross supports from one end of the building to the other. If you don’t have cross supports, you can create your own – it’s really easy! You can use wire or cord or packing strapping, pvc pipe, 1×2 lumber… pretty much anything just to create something to hold the foil up. It doesn’t weight a whole lot, but it’s super strong and durable. You just want to create a grid so the foil can go from one end to the other between the purlins.

Wood-framed buildings are probably the easiest to install Ware House Foil in, both in the roof and in the walls. A wood-framed building usually has wood frames and either a metal skin ora wood skin, kind of like a barn. Really, all you are doing is stapling the foil to that wood framing. You can either go horizontally or vertically, you can take the measurements and decided whatever is best for you.

All you are looking for is you want a piece offoil inside the wood framing. Coming from the outside-in, for example, you’ll have themetal, the airspace and then the foil. Ideally you want that airspace to be vented (you want air to flow freely between the foil and the metal skin). If you have a “dead” air space, that’s fine, but a ventilated airspace is a little better.

We also have a product that is white on one side and foil on one side. With that product you put the foil to the outside (toward the outside of the building) and you have a nice clean white interior. So you’re reflecting the heat before it ever even gets in to the building. Metal-framed buildings are probably the hardest to install, simply because you can’t staple Ware House Foil into the metal. If you’ve got a roof where the beams are dropping down a little bit,you can run the foil up and over the beams (basically between the beams and the roof) and that works great.

If you don’t have that option, you’re going to have to get a little creative to figure out a way to attach the Ware House Foil to the metal framing. Here are just some of the options (and we’ve had customers do all kinds of stuff to work): Probably the easiest way is to attach some type of board (either plywood or 1×2’s) to the metal framing and just staple it. You can use glue, screws, clamps, pretty much anything to get that wood to attach to the metal and then you can staple it. We’ve also had people do what’s called the “sandwich method” where they’ll take the foil, put it up on the metal and then take a strip of plywood and screw it in (to the metal supports) and basically squeeze the foil between the wood strip and the metal.

We’ve even had customers use magnets – get a bunch of magnets and hold it up in to place. Pretty much you’ve gotta get creative on a metal building. If you send us some pictures, we will be glad to offer you some suggestions on how to install WareHouseFoil. Like I mentioned earlier, there’s really no right or wrong way to install Ware House Foil in your commercial-type building (besides leaving the required air gap). You might have to get a little creative to make it happen, but the main thing to remember is just to get a piece of Ware House Foil between that hot building shell and the interior.

Once you eliminate that radiant heat, you’ll be AMAZED at how much more comfortable the building feels. Now, the AIR temperature may not drop a whole lot, but it’s the radiant heat that you’re eliminating. It’s kinda like the difference between a car parked in the sun and a car parked in the shade: same air temperature, but the car parked in the shade is a lot more comfortable. The main thing is get a piece of foil up, get it done. If you have any questions look up best roofing practice in louisville Kentucky I’m always a phone call or an email away at brendanfoster656@gmail.com

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