I have to admit that I edit in a funny way. I make my edits in Scrivener and then copy everything over to an Open Office document that is one large document, instead of so many separate chapter documents. Before I started the draft, I went to Lulu's site and decided what size book I wanted. I was happy to discover that I didn't have to worry about margins and formatting, all I had to do was download their template. When I was done, I converted my document into a PDF (they have instructions on how to do all of that in their knowledge base and then just used one of their templates to create my cover.
I had the book five days after my upload, but that's because I chose faster shipping.
I have to admit that it was a huge thrill to see this novel that I've been toiling away at for eleven months in book form! I know it's nowhere near ready for anyone other than my betas to read it, but I feel about a hundred steps closer to publication than I was earlier this year!
Have you used a direct-print website to make a copy of your book? What was your experience?