One piece cover upload issues (and free grumble)
(Reference for Glenn: 16306102)
I'm back at the proof stage of a second book, and have some issues I don't recall from eighteen months ago and my first...
I've been bouncing off an issue with a single-piece cover upload: I can get the content pdf uploaded fine, and downloaded again to check, and have had the cover size calculated by Lulu and the cover created to that size by my designer.
However, when I try to upload the cover (either the as-sized one or one with a 2mm bleed) I get an unrecoverable error message.
Going back a stage, I am advised that I can select an already uploaded file. At this point the only place to upload a file is alongside the existing text. The images upload without issue, but are then added by the content creator to the text (along with a complaint about the size not being correct). Downloading the content shows these two cover images appended, severely squished. I didn't go further with the cover design; obviously I don't want them in the book itself so back to the first upload page to remove them.
I have resolved the issue by extracting the image from the original pdf at 300dpi; that uploaded without issue as a .png file and appears to be correct on the previews - I await the proof copy to confirm this.
I can't help feeling the upload and creation process has been too automated. To me, a project is something to which files can be added and removed, and more significantly, *selected* for inclusion, rather than just including everything present. Equally, you should be able to move back and forth in the production process. Obviously one cannot get the size of the cover spine until the page count is known, but the linear nature of the process makes it both unclear what options are available and oddly where one is in the process. Some stage like a 'checkout' might make things more obvious; that's where you need to know that your cover is the wrong size. For example, there's no hint at the cover stage whether bleed is required or not.
Maybe it's just me - I create the entire content as a single pdf. Perhaps others do it differently.