Monthly Archives: September 2009

Lulu Lens – What Features Would You Like To See For Photobooks?

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We’re currently working on updating our photo book wizard, and we want your feedback to help drive our development in the right direction. We’ve already launched a number of different formats and themes for photo books, but we want to know what you would like to use them for? What products are you interested in developing? What features would you like to see? How can we make photo books an even better product line?

For example, over the past few months we have rolled out themes for poetry and cookbooks, and we have added features like the ability to import images from Facebook, Flickr and Photobucket. What would you like to see?

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Design Chat: Making the most of your photo books & calendars

designchat1We’re getting into that season where you start to think of holiday gifts. Why not save money and personalize your gifts this year with a photobook, calendar or cookbook?  If you’ve never used the Lulu Studio tool before, or just have questions about how to make your projects even better, then join me for Design Chat this Wednesday at noon (EST).  We’ll go over how to use the Studio in general as well as “tricks” on how to customize your project with your own fonts and designs.

Send an email to: DesignChat@lulu.com and the first 10 people will be sent the URL and password to participate in the chat. Looking forward to helping you making beautiful books!

Lulu Lens – How Can We Give You The Best eBook Experience?

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The past few weeks we’ve been focusing on eBooks, and following your feedback we are looking into opportunities to develop an eBook product. We want to deliver a solid experience to you, and as a result, this week we want to know more about how you personally use eBooks.

We want to know what makes a good eBook experience for you and how we can try to make it even better. Do you currently purchase eBooks? If so, what device do you use? Where do you purchase them from? Please tell us what you like and what you hate about buying eBooks so we can try to make the experience as positive as possible for buyers.

Author Success Story, "Fallen Heroes"

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Fallen Heroes is now on the shelves of several branches of Waterstones, including their flagship branch (where it was labeled a ‘cult hit’), which is regarded as the largest bookshop in Europe. I have, since then, done several book signings both in-store and at various conventions.

Thanks to the success of “Fallen Heroes” I now have an agent and an award winning TV and film production company has optioned the book itself. I am also working with a BBC journalist who will be adapting the story for a graphic novel to be published by Insomnia Publications.
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None of this would have been possible without the easy to use and excellent print on demand infrastructure set up by Lulu. One example is the ease by which I was able to release a new edition of the book with a back cover Waterstones review and a front cover quote/recommendation from fantasy author, James Barclay.

Through self-publishing I have pushed myself to do things, in terms of self-promotion and marketing, I would never have done otherwise (signings are not my strong point!). I have learnt a lot about what it takes to not only get your work out there but what to do once it is. It’s been a journey of hard work, disappointment, lesson learning and huge moments of sheer joy.

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Design Chat today!

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Our first Design Chat is today at noon. If you are interested in participating in the live Design Chat, please send an email to: StudioChat@lulu.com. We will send the URL and password to the first 10 people who respond.