Taking Control with the New Lulu xPress Shopify® App

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6 min readI’m incredibly happy to announce the release of our new Shopify® app, Lulu xPress; the first Shopify® app to provide users with the fully automated ability to sell, print and fulfill their book content! Read on to learn more about… Continue Reading →

Everything you need to know about getting your book into bookstores

10 min readBookstores! Those sacred bastions of literary excellence. Along with libraries and coffee shops, bookstores are a haven for authors. And it’s part of the author dream to see your book on the shelf in your local bookstore. Right?

10 Books Your Dad Will Love for Father’s Day

6 min readFather’s Day is coming up fast! Get your dad a memorable gift this year to let him know what a great dad he is. This year, instead of buying your dad a t-shirt or a power tool or a fishing… Continue Reading →

The anatomy of the explosive YA Genre

8 min read  Young Adult (YA) fiction has enjoyed a resounding surge in popularity over the past two decades. Pinpointing exactly why YA fiction has become so popular is no simple or clear task, but there are a number of factors that… Continue Reading →

Guest Post: How to turn your book into an online course (and why you should!)

5 min read  It’s rewarding to see your book sales increase every month… But what about when they don’t? There are a lot of tips out there to help you sell more books, but there’s also a strategy that many successful authors… Continue Reading →

The 5 essential elements of a great story

3 min read  As part of my career over the past decade, I’ve had the enjoyable opportunity to interact with most of the Big Five publishers in the U.S. and around the globe, as well as a multitude of Hollywood agents and… Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Write and Publish your Memoir with Johnnybio and Lulu

2 min read80% of Americans want to write a book; becoming an author is the most desired job in Britain; self-publishing is fueling a writer’s revolution. There has never been a better time to write and publish your memoir.

10 Books Your Mom Will Love for Mother’s Day

4 min readMother’s Day is still a few weeks away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you’ll make the day special for your mom. In case you’ve never considered it before, books make amazing gifts. One reason books… Continue Reading →

3 Ways Lulu makes the World a Better Place

6 min read  It’s pretty trendy these days for businesses to tout their environmental and social efforts. Feel good ad campaigns that feature lots of flowery imagery and expound the company’s conscientious and caring for issues like the environment, employee well-being, or… Continue Reading →

Who Uses Lulu?

8 min read  There’s an obvious answer: anyone who needs to print a book! Right? Because that’s what Lulu does. We print and ship custom made books. Simple. Of course, I wouldn’t be dedicating an entire blog post to anything so obvious…. Continue Reading →

7 Things Every Writer Needs to Become an Author – Part 2

6 min readWe’re back with Keith Ogorek of the Author Learning Center to complete his series of steps to taking your writing game up a notch and becoming an author! If you missed Part 1 of the series, check that out before… Continue Reading →

7 Things Every Writer Needs to Become an Author – Part 1

6 min readLulu is happy to present this post from Author Learning Center President Keith Ogorek. The Author Learning Center (ALC) is a community of writing and publishing experts and aspirants who pool their knowledge to help everyone reach their literary goals…. Continue Reading →

Lulu Vignettes: Making a Change for Good

3 min readApril is Earth month! While Lulu prefers to think about environmentally healthy business practices all the time, we’re taking April as an opportunity to really highlight the ways businesses and individuals can make a difference in their community. In that… Continue Reading →

Ladies of Lulu: Celebrating women authors for Mother’s Day

12 min readThis Mother’s Day, celebrate the Ladies of Lulu; women authors who use Lulu to share their story, promote their business, or spread their knowledge. Join us today as we look back at these women and the incredible books they created!… Continue Reading →

30 Ways in 30 Days to Celebrate Earth Month

4 min readEarth Month is upon us! Get into the spirit with 30 ways you can be Earth conscious for the next 30 days! Making a small difference each day adds up over time. Let this April be your first step toward… Continue Reading →

Guest Blog: Editor in Teach

4 min read  Bookmaking projects are a staple in English and Language Arts classrooms, especially at the middle and elementary school level. While the arts and crafts approach to building books out of hard stock, construction paper has its benefits (I’m a… Continue Reading →

The secret to self-publishing children’s books

6 min readThe secret to self-publishing children’s books Remember reading Dr. Seuss as a child? The oversized pages, rich with color and stylized text. The sturdy cover bent at the corners from being dragged around and propped open dozens of times. Fingerprints… Continue Reading →

Five things you need to know about Page Layout before you Self-Publish

12 min read  Over the years, we here at Lulu have done our best to demystify the book publishing process. From basic word processor information to book cover design to the complex role of a marketing campaign, we always try to give… Continue Reading →

1 min readBooks are full of words. Duh. In the process of creating, revising, and finalizing your book, you’ll undoubtedly make a mistake or two. Grammar and spelling errors are unavoideble! To help you keep your book as error free as you… Continue Reading →

What do you do with data – Digging in to the 2017 Author Earnings report

6 min read  We talk a lot about a wide range of strategies for making money. Making money isn’t why most creators create–authors write because they love to write. But authors also do need to eat. Earning income from your writing is… Continue Reading →

The Real Deal: What is Print-on-Demand?

8 min readIf you’re an author or a writer and you’ve even toyed with the idea of publishing, you’ve no doubt encountered the term Print-on-Demand (or POD for short). Even outside of writing, the concept of print-on-demand is pretty common these days…. Continue Reading →

The Secret to Cover Design Success

7 min readA picture is worth a thousand words… Don’t judge a book by its cover… Insert additional clichéd phrase… Let’s be realistic here. No one needs another trite phrase to tell them why or why not their book cover matters. It… Continue Reading →

5 Ways to Stay Inspired and Keep Writing! [Infographic]

1 min readThe long winter months are upon us (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), and with the bitter weather and short days come some of the best times to finish your manuscript. Don’t let the doldrums of winter get you down!

The 1000 True Fan Theory: Achieving Sustainable Income as a Writer

6 min read  What’s your dream? When I was a teen I read Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” and decided I wanted to be a novelist. I was already an avid reader but there came a moment as I finished “The Gunslinger” when… Continue Reading →

Guest Blog – Traditional Publishing Vs. Self-Publishing: Which Publishing Path is Best for You?

6 min read  This past year while promoting my latest two books, Boys and Sammie & Budgie, I was asked quite a lot during interviews, “Would I go with a traditional publisher for my next book?” Having taken the indie route and… Continue Reading →

Author Events – Attending Writing Conferences

4 min read  The prospect of attending a Writing Conference might be enticing but the kind of thing that seems frivolous. How do you justify taking the time off work, investing in travel, lodging, and the ticket to the event? The cost… Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Simplified with Write! [Product Review]

9 min readWhile I don’t think anyone would accuse me of being a true Luddite, I do tend to get overwhelmed and exhausted by software. Over the last five years, I’ve grown more and more disillusioned with MS Word, largely considered the… Continue Reading →

How to Layout your Book like a Pro

6 min readIf you’ve self-published a book, you’re probably familiar the many challenges of formatting and design. Looking at a book off a bookstore shelf, it’s easy to miss the amount of work and time that goes into designing those pages. Let… Continue Reading →

Poll: Which eCommerce service do you use to sell your book?

1 min read  Selling your book is no easy task. In 2018, Lulu aims to help make this easier by integrating with popular eCommerce tools. But we need your help! Take a moment to tell us how you sell your book online…. Continue Reading →

Book Reviews: An overlooked path to Author Success

5 min readImagine this scenario: You’re browsing through Goodreads, looking for a book to keep you entertained this weekend. You’re in the lists, under the Sci-Fi tags, checking out Best Steampunk Books. You could just go with the top of the list,… Continue Reading →

Guest Blog: 5 Reasons why making a book which HELPS PEOPLE is the best thing you’ll ever do.

4 min read  My name’s Lorenzo Etherington, I’m a professional comic book artist, and long-time dedicated Lulu creator. I work as one half of The Etherington Brothers, a comic making sibling team with a client list which includes all of these folks:… Continue Reading →

A Look Ahead: Lulu in 2018

4 min readHappy new year! 2017 was a pretty awesome year here at Lulu. And we’re aiming to make 2018 even more awesome. How are we going to manage that? Well, we’ve got some things up our sleeve. Last week I talked… Continue Reading →

A look back: Lulu in 2017

4 min read  As the year draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to look back on 2017. Lulu has had a pretty exciting and interesting year—so let’s roll that highlight reel!

Budgeting for Success: How to plan your book right

7 min read  Self-publishing and book printing has become a saturated market in the last five years or so. A space once devoid of options now abounds with them. This is a great thing for authors looking for better quality and services,… Continue Reading →

Lulu’s picks for the Health Nuts on your list!

7 min read  It’s never too early to get a jump start on those New Year’s resolutions! Shed those extra holiday pounds in the new year with the help of Lulu’s diet, exercise, and health books. Or grab one of these books… Continue Reading →

Lulu’s picks for Anyone on your list!

7 min read  We all have that one friend or family member you never know what to get for the holidays. Or maybe you got roped into one of those White Elephant Christmas parties and you don’t know what to bring. Well… Continue Reading →

Lulu’s picks for the Kids on your list!

5 min read  It’s practically inevitable that you’ll have at least one child on your holiday shopping list this year. Fortunately, we’ve not only got you covered, we’ve got the best gifts you can ever give to a child: books. There’s no… Continue Reading →

30 Days to a Book – Post NaNoWriMo wrap up [bonus: Coupon]

3 min read  November is over! I hope everyone had a fun and productive month with your novel projects. I have to start this post by patting myself on the back just a little. This is the fourth year I’ve signed up… Continue Reading →

Lulu’s picks for the Outdoor Enthusiasts on your list!

5 min read  Get ready for an adventure! Learn how to build a raised-bed garden or start harvesting honey from your very own honeycombs! All this and more with Lulu’s staff picks for the outdoor enthusiast! Keep reading and get inspired:

Lulu’s picks for the Epicurean on your list!

6 min read  Day two of Lulu’s holiday shopping lists! Do you know someone who LOVES good food and great beer? Do they get excited about doing their own thing? Why not inspire them with one of our awesome cookbooks! From chefs… Continue Reading →

Lulu’s picks for the Animal Lover on your list!

4 min read  The holidays are right around the corner. Literally. It’s December. If you haven’t already bought books and calendars for everyone on your list, time is running short! Don’t sweat it though, Lulu has you covered. Starting today and running… Continue Reading →

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