Project Update – April 7, 2014

I’m happy to report that the hardback prototype book I ordered more than met my requirements.  I love it and will be proud to distribute a book of this quality.  I haven’t received the soft back version yet so will reserve judgment on it until I have a chance to inspect it.  I took some photos so you can see exactly what the book looks like.  Please note that not all the submissions that will be in the final copy (of the first edition) are included in the prototype book.  This was sample for me so I could tweak text color, photo placement, font size etc.  The prototype book is 29 pages, the first edition of Words For Warriors will be about 40 pages (unless I get a slew of new letters in the next couple of weeks in which case it may have more).

This gives you an idea of the size of the book.  It's not itty bitty and the text and photos are easy to see.
This gives you an idea of the size of the book. It’s not itty bitty and the text and photos are easy to see.

 

This is the cover.  The cell phone photo washes it out a bit but the color is a nice vibrant red and the flag really pops on the front.
This is the cover. The cell phone photo washes it out a bit but the color is a nice vibrant red and the flag really pops on the front.
An example of what the book looks like inside.  Despite the little blur of the cell phone photo, the text and photos are clear and crisp.
An example of what the book looks like inside. Despite the little blur of the cell phone photo, the text and photos are clear and crisp.

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This letter from Gary Dolan had his photos on the right hand side of the spread and the text of his letter on the left.  I decided to reverse the order which seems more logical and like a better placement to me.  That's why I ordered the prototype book.  So I could see how the layout feels when you hold the book in your hands and read it.
These pages had Gary Dolan’s photos on the right hand side of the spread and the text of his letter on the left. I decided to reverse the order in the final printing which seems like a more logical and better placement to me. That’s why I ordered the prototype book….so I could see how the layout feels when you hold the book in your hands and read it.
Another couple of pages...
Another couple of pages…

 

 

From Josh S. (USMC Veteran, Athlete, Gold Medal Olympian)

To all the veterans out there that are just sitting on the couch maybe not doing what they need to be doing, that are not really getting out there because they’re thinking about things that they could be doing at this point in life but can’t because of their injuries,

Find something you used to do in the past.  Try it again.  See if it works out for you and if not…try something new.

Josh S. (veteran of the United States Marine Corps, athlete, served as alternate Captain for the U.S. Paralympic Team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  Scored the game winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Russia in the gold medal game)

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The game winning goal that won the Olympic gold medal!
The game winning goal that won the Olympic gold medal!

From Ken B. (Fitness Enthusiast)

To the men and women who fight and serve our country,

I wanted to take the time the first let you know how appreciative I am for your service and your dedication to our country and our liberty.

Your hard work and effort has not gone unnoticed. Countless people around the country not only support you but are praying for you. I am one of the many.

I do make it a point to smile, wave or even say thank you to military personnel when I see them here in the states.

There is a sense of pride when I see you. Knowing that we have the best men and women protecting our liberty and laying their lives on the line daily.

Please know that we love you, we are praying for you and we support you and all that you do. Thank you very much for all that you do.  Stay strong.

Sincerely, Ken

Ken B.

From Ryan V. (Engineer – Age 25)

Dear Warriors,
My grandfather served in the war flying a Blackhawk helicopter and received a purple heart for his services. Sadly he passed away before I was born, so I never got to meet the man that helped defend our country and grant us the freedoms that I take for granted every day. I have heard so many amazing stories about who he was and what he accomplished in life and I have no doubt that today’s warriors are of the same caliber.

I never got the chance to thank my grandfather for his service and dedication, but I do have the opportunity to thank you guys. So thank you and without your selflessness and strength, Americans would not have the opportunity to make advancements in technological, medical, humanitarian, environmental, and numerous other fields that make our country great.

Never forget that you are the reason America is great.

-Ryan

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Project Update – April 2, 2014

The following is what the prototype book I ordered looks like spread flat.  The blue is the back cover and the red is the front cover.  It’s a 10 inch x 10 inch book and I ordered it in both hardcover and a softcover version.  The copies I donate to the VA clinics/hospitals will be hardcover since they’re likely to get a lot of wear in the waiting areas.  I am considering creating some softcover versions to give to individual veterans as personal copies.  The softcover version is considerably less expensive and therefore I’d be able to produce and distribute more of them in the community.  When the prototype books arrive I’ll determine if the softcover version is of the quality I want and then I’ll make a determination regarding the numbers of each version to order for distribution.

From Sherwin A. (Retired Oil & Gas Company Executive)

Dear Armed Forces Member:

First and most of all, thank you for serving our country, and in many instances, putting your personal life and safety on the line for the benefit of all of us at home. Our country, as we know it, would not long survive without a strong and dedicated defense force. History shows us that freedom comes with a price, and a strong military is a big part of that price. You in the armed forces play a huge role in defending that freedom and our way of life. I have the utmost respect for you. Thanks again for what you did for all of us.

Very truly yours,
Sherwin A.

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Project Update – April 1, 2014

I was away from my desk for a week to celebrate spring break with my family on the beach.  I had a wonderful time but even while I was lying on the warm sand, I was contemplating ways to make this project successful.

It occurred to me that there are now enough submissions to create a prototype book out of.  I set my mind to creating one the minute I returned.  I did just that and my prototype book should be printed (one in hardback and one in softback), bound and on my doorstep within a week or so.

I’m excited to have a “product” to show people when I solicit submissions for the Words For Warriors Project.  I think it will make the idea concrete for people.  It will give them something to hold in their hands.  They will be able to flip through it and get an idea of what we’re creating and they’ll be able to assess the quality of the books for themselves.

Currently, I have enough submissions to fill a 29 page book.  My goal is to collect about 10 more for the first volume for publication and distribution.  Pricing for the books is done in sets of 10 pages.  In other words the 29 page book is the limit for the pricing at that particular level.  If I add even one more page, the price goes up but it stays at the same rate whether I have 30 or 39 pages.  If I surpass the 39 page mark, the price per book increases again.

When my prototype book arrives, I’ll be able to attend to the details of the publication.  I can determine if I need to increase font size or decrease photo size on some pages.  I’ll be able to double-check for spacing, layout and see if navy blue print on a light blue background makes the text too hard to read.

When the books arrive, I’ll post some photos so you can see what I created for the first go-round.

Please tell anyone you think might be interested in making a submission that they are welcome to do so.  It’s an easy way to brighten someone’s whole day!

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