||[Jan. 6th, 2008|07:31 pm]
I've heard that it's easier to revise on paper instead of screen, so today I went to Kinko's to print out copies of my three current novels: A Gift From God, Familiar, and Forest. (These are novels I've reached a stopping point on, and which could use revision, even if A Gift From God and Forest aren't done. Morning Star is fine on my computer.) Pretty simple. I copied over my files onto my thumb drive, then sat down at one of their computer terminals and began to print them out. So, it's $0.15 a minute for use of the computer, which is absolutely fine, because if it takes me more than ten minutes to print out three documents, there's something very wrong. I began with Familiar, which is 142 pages. I know that it costs $0.15 a page, but I haven't done the math.
Up pops a dialog box: "You're not allowed to print over 100 pages on this printer. Please select another one."
...okay. So I go to the one that lets me print out 999 pages in a go, and try to print out there... where I get informed that it will cost $140.58, plus a tax of $11.95. Okay. No. That's not happening. I choose the other printer, and elect to print 100 pages (I can do it in multiple jobs, after all), and get a charge of about $49.
That's... about 2/3 of Familiar. A Gift From God is 80 pages. Forest is 78. I don't double space, and the text is going to be hard enough to edit as it is. My back of the envelope calculations end me up with $150. And if I elect to do this again in the next three months, that's ANOTHER $150. Even with the required purchase of toner cartridges and paper, it's obvious the economics of printing at Kinko's are not working out. Come ON. I can buy a printer for $150.
So I did. Though I actually bought a printer for $450, with a $150 rebate, but it's nice and fast and sits on the network, so I don't have to find a USB cable and all that every time I want to print. And, about an hour later and a few paper changes, I had about 300 pages of writing.
Then I realized I didn't have a three-hole punch to put it into the binder.
EDIT: And the rebate is in. Haha!