I just got a good-quality, perfect bound proof copy of my manuscript FOR FREE (well, I still had to pay shipping) from Lulu. Lulu is a printing and publishing service, but if you set a book/project as private you can print unpublished single copies for editing purposes, which I did.
How can you get a free proof copy of your book? Well, I can’t guarantee yours will be free, too, but the coupon code I used, “BOOKWORM,” is good for $10 off your order. And my book (192 pages single spaced) was $9 something, so after the discount all I had to pay was shipping.
That’s pretty dang cool if you ask me, considering you even get to design your own cover (either with Lulu’s own wizard or with the likes of Photoshop) and they print it in color. I made mine in Photoshop, of course 🙂
Look for a picture of my proof copy soon– I’ll be posting it ASAP! Before it’s marked with red pen, of course…