About four years ago, I published “UCOA: The Biker Experience”, which is an 8×10 inch 278 page full color photo book of my experience as Chaplain of UCOA (United Clubs Of Texas). At the time, there was a lot of interest in the book, but since I had to price it at almost $50, buyers were certainly fewer than I might have hoped. That is not to say there weren’t any buyers, I think I sold or gave away almost 80 copies.
About a week ago, God reminded me how in-expensive the black and white versions of my Moments books are, and I realized that I could make a Monochrome (B/W) version of the Biker Experience book. I thought that perhaps a smaller version of the original book would be interesting, so I decided on 5.6×7, which is a 30 percent reduction of the original size, but maintained the same aspect ratio so that i could use the existing content without having to do a bunch of work to reformat the photos. I am of course keeping the same number of pages 278, so the only changes internally to the book were to change the copyright date and to specify it is the First edition (of the monochrome version).
So, presto chango, with a little more work to shrink the existing cover down to the right size (while keeping the same two handsome bikers are the original cover, just smaller), and I was able to submit the book to CreateSpace. Today I received the first proofs, and they look pretty good. Most of the photos translated well from color to B/W, and like the first book, you need to view it in good light because the paper is not glossy (keeping down the cost). There are a few photos that are really too flat from a contrast perspective, but not many, so I like the way it came out.
Ant the really good news is that the cost of the monochrome version is only about 1/5th of the color, so instead of almost $50, it will sell on Amazon for $9.95. I will have a few copies with me tomorrow at UCOA, and I have ordered another 25 copies that I will have next month. It is a piece of history, and covers the growth of UCOA from about 2005 to 2013. I hope you enjoy it.