> So by simply "adding" things, I am composing my guide?
> Is the incomplete guide (entries) viewable by the public? If so, why would they purchase it if they can see it for free?
Yes, with web publishing option A and B, the guide is viewable to the public. The app and eBook offer a comprehensive product without having to browse through individual pages. The app in particular also comes with very useful additional features, such as offline maps, augmented reality, places nearby you, etc. As such, the website is probably the best advertizing you can get for the app and eBook, and it also allows you to build up a community around your topic/destination.
With web publishing option C (i.e., no web publishing) the guide is NOT viewable by the public.
> How does the print version work? What if someone wants to buy an actual printed book and I'm not finished yet?
We currently do not create printed guidebooks from such guides. We do offer a separate program to publish printed books, but they are (currently) produced from a separate PDF that you provide as is. Since we have the necessary technology in place, we consider a printed book program for the other (new) program as well, but haven't finalized it yet. We would only print completed guides, not work in progress.
> Also, I have a problem sending you the electronic version on the publishing agreement. I downloaded and tried to sign it, but it won't let me type there.
Simply print, sign and scan it. If that doesn't work, we can also wait for the original via postal mail.
> Thanks for being patient with all my questions. Typical journalist!!
With web publishing Option A, other users can see your entries as soon as you click on 'Save'. We do this on purpose, as we think it is very helpful to build up an audience right from the start, and maybe even get some early feedback.
If you want, you can leave a 'Under Construction' message on your main page to let users know that more is coming.
If you really want it, we can also hide your guide from the public until it is finished. However, this is not possible with web publishing Option A. You would have to choose Option C first. Once done, we can open it up to the public (which then essentially makes it Option B). Before you decide like this, consider that Option A has a number of other advantages.