A little advertising is in order, I suppose. For those who aren't familiar with NaNoWriMo, once you finish writing the minimum of 50 000 words and win the challenge, you will receive a coupon code at CreateSpace that could be used towards a free proof copy of your book. Snail-mail shipping is also free! There are draw backs to this: you have to edit and typeset the whole book (150~pages for a 5.5 in x 8.5 in~ book), create the layout and graphics for cover, and write the summary and author biography all by yourself. Of course, you could get other people to do it for you, or buy a program for the typesetting, but both options are really pricey (I think it was $150~ US for the program? I forget).
( Shiny book is shiny! )
Overall, I'm very pleased with this! I'm a bit miffed at the fact that the top edges were somewhat squished from the packaging, but otherwise it's all very pristine. I've only just flipped through it though; haven't got much time to do anything with Finals coming up next week, and my wrist not allowing me to type for longer than ten minutes.
ETA: The art on the cover was snagged from エレファン.