What is POD? What is a POD PDF?

I know, all those acronyms, right? (Tip: you can hover over or click acronyms that you see with a pale line beneath them, anywhere on our website. Like this one: TOOLTIP. That will instantly pop-up a small tooltip, telling you the meaning or definition of an acronym.) In today's world, instead of printing thousands of copies of your self-published book, keeping them someplace, having to ship them, etc., you can use "Print on Demand," or POD, which means that companies like Amazon's Createspace will print and ship an ordered book, at the time that it's ordered. This is called "just-in-time fulfillment," and doesn't mean anything fancier than, the book is made when it's ordered, not before.

Some companies will allow you to upload a Word file, for creation of a POD. This can have unexpected results. Using a PDF as your upload file instead ensures that you don't have unpleasant surprises when you receive your ARC, or "Advance Review Copy." The good thing about PDFs, when used for this purpose is that unlike word-processing files (Word, Wordperfect, Pages, etc.), the appearance of the page doesn't change, depending on what computer it's on, what size screen, etc. PDFs are always the same, and give you nice consistent results when used for POD printing.

 

T'was the Night Before Christmas... 

 (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, may he forgive my doggerel...)

...and all through the shop,
all we minions were working,
   until ready to drop.

The ebooks were flying,
the covers were spare,
The edits were crazy,
   with "one more thing I must share!"

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old Saint Nick,
But Hitch made us work,
   Waving 'round an old stick!

So slave we all did,
And made all your books,
So that Hitch would say now,
   that we're off the hook.

Come today we're off,
to rest up our fingers,
Our hats we will doff,
   No books they do linger.

But we'll all be back,
Don't give it a thought,
for like all wage slaves,
   we're easily bought.

We'll be back on the fifth,
all eager and fresh,
All ready for you,
   after a well-deserved rest.

So Hitch wants to say,
very strongly and loud,
THANKS ALL YOU GUYS,
  you're the best type of crowd.

Indy and Len and Hitch and the gang,
will be back on the 5th,
to do books with a BANG!

In the meantime don't worry,
if you're in a hurry,
'cuz some poor guy got stuck
   sitting here like a duck.

Your emails we'll receive,
so no need to grieve.
We'll be a bit slow,
but we're raring to go.

Your books will be worked on,
your edits still made,
we're just resting a bit,
   before we all fade.

So please excuse the delays;
It won't be for days;
we'll jump on your queries,
   for your wondrous new series.

We waited for Santa,
'Cuz we love old St. Nick,
And sure 'nuff he came,
   It wasn't a trick.

And as he rode off,
into the night,
I could swear I heard Hitch yell,
   "That Edit's Not Right!"

~~~~~~~~~~

We'll be back on the morning of January 5th; we'll be here parttime between now and then, thanks.