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Congratulations to Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest winners

The nation is picking more than a chief executive this week. More than 1,500 votes have been tallied to determine the winners of Lulu’s Family Photos for the Holidays contest. And the results come with a clear mandate: more family togetherness! And if it can’t happen in person, photos are the next best thing.

A huge, holiday hug to everyone who entered, and a special congrats to our three winners:

  • Jill Kathan took first prize with a shot titled “Blessed to Have Met Many Generations” featuring a lucky granddaughter being doted on by her grandpa, great great uncles and a great uncle/third cousin.  Jill will make sure her family remains close with the first prize package of a Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging, plus a $500 ‘creator’s credit’ to redeem at Lulu to create photo books and/or calendars.
  • Patricia Mozdzen of Dearborn Heights, MI took second prize with “40 Years Married, 3 Generations, & Counting,” celebrating a momentous occasion for one loving couple punctuated by the presence of their children and grandchild. Patricia and family will stay in close contact via her prize:two Google Nexus 7 tablets and $200 to use at Lulu to make a photo book and/or calendar.
  • Sus Raghu took third prize with “Love Is, Above All, The Gift Of Oneself,” a gorgeous photo capturing a tender moment between granddaughter and elderly grandmother. Sus wins a $100 gift card to Target plus $100 to spend at Lulu on photo books and calendars.

Again, thanks, everyone, for sharing the love!  And stay tuned for more contests and chances to share your stories.

New Products and Services in 2013

If you’ve ever wondered what we focus on at Lulu when we’re not helping creators tell their stories, the answer is: YOU, YOU, YOU.Yes, we’re obsessed. And for the last several months, we’ve been pouring over research on you, our customers, and what you want and need. We’re on a constant quest to best serve you in an era when there are so many exciting new ways to share your ideas and experiences.

As a result, we’re now laying the groundwork to develop and unveil new products and services in 2013.  Everything you’ve come to know and love about Lulu will remain. There’ll just be a whole lot more to know and love.

We can’t get into the details right now…but then, we’ve always loved a cliffhanger! Stay tuned, and keep creating.

Grandparents in Revolt & The Lulu Contest to Give ’em What They Want

If you’re a mom or dad, you answer to a lot of different bosses — chief among them, the grandparents. And that group often isn’t shy about sharing suggestions and directives.

In a new national poll commissioned by Lulu, 96 percent of grandparents told us that family togetherness makes for happy holidays, and 90 percent said that they long for more time with their grandkids. But with families scattered every which way and gas prices high, is togetherness too much to ask for?

To avert a national crisis, Lulu launches our first ever Family Photos for the Holidays contest. Even if you can’t be together in person, you can still get face time through photos.

Better Fundraising this Holiday with Lulu wants to help small businesses and non-profit organizations in our home state of North Carolina raise more funds this holiday season, just by making a free calendar. We’re even throwing in a $1,000 cash bonus to the organization that sells the most calendars between Oct. 5th and Dec. 31st. We’re also including participating organizations in Lulu’s holiday marketing and publicity. It’s simple, too.

To participate:

  • Any small business or non-profit in North Carolina can create an account on Lulu, then a calendar project at no cost.
  • Add your favorite pics to the online calendar template. Drag and drop, and then publish your calendar.
  • Once done, just email with a link to your project. That’s it.

Your new calendar is a fun way to engage your fans and supporters and it is free to create. A local food truck could make a calendar of their truck outside different places around town. Or a restaurant could create a calendar with recipes and pics of their favorite dishes. The options are endless.

Lulu will include participating local businesses and non-profits in the following marketing as well:

  • Regular social networking blasts to Lulu fans and followers
  • Direct email campaigns
  • Lulu fundraising marketing and PR campaigns

Start your project today and spread some extra cheer this holiday. We can only feature you if we know about your project so please email a link to your calendar to by the first week of October.

The Nexus 7: Good News for EPUB Formatted eBooks

The new Google Nexus 7 tablet is making headlines as the “Kindle Killer.”  Early adopters of the device are reporting that the Nexus 7 can open EPUB formatted eBooks, which you can create right here on Lulu, as well as make use of all the e-reader apps in the Google play store.

Folks are even saying they can just upload all their EPUBs to a Dropbox folder and easily access their entire digital library directly from the cloud.  Looks like Lulu customers just got one more device they can enjoy their open-published EPUB titles on.
Some reviewers are stating that the Nexus 7 beats the Kindle Fire on specs and features.  Determine which device is best for your e-reading needs by checking out these sources:

Send Your Book to the Frankfurt Book Fair

Road Trip! – For your book

Remember Book Fair Day in elementary school? If you’re anything like the rest of us Lulus, it was your favorite day of the year. You perused shelf after shelf in the Media Center, leafing through the books and marking your favorites on the order form, and if you were very lucky, your parents would send a check the next day to order the books.

Well, book fairs have grown up! The Lulu Book Fairs, like the 2012 Frankfurt International Book Fair, are a great way to showcase your book, providing the opportunity for it to be noticed by book and publishing industry professionals. Like the book fairs of your youth, the books are not available for sale at the actual Fair, but they are there for anyone interested in viewing and sampling new independent titles.  The same professionals flipping through your books are also provided a catalog of all of the books in the showcase, along with the information necessary to contact you and purchase the book at a later time.


The magic questions are, what do you get, and will someone notice your book? Like any publicity service, what we can guarantee is exposure, not direct sales. We guarantee that your book will be included on the shelves at the fair, and that editors, agents, librarians, journalists, and other industry professionals will be in attendance (depending on the type of fair, the types of attendees may be more narrow). Whether they purchase the book depends on a great number of factors. In addition, there are other ways you can use the road trip experience to showcase your book.  Having your book at the Frankfurt Book Fair is a great credential to add to you back cover, saying, “Showcased at the Frankfurt Book Fair.”

Think about the most successful authors and the pride they exude for their books; there is an unwavering certainty that inside the book is something they think is worth reading. So often, we hear, “My book could be a best-seller, if only the right people knew about it.” If you have the same feelings for your book, a Book Fair is a great place to start with your book’s marketing campaign.

What’s required?

  • Buying the event service by Aug. 10
  • Completing the registration form by Aug. 15, and
  • Sending a copy of one book to the exhibitor office located in the US by Aug. 15. (You may ship your book directly from Lulu if you’d like.)

A full list of Book Fairs can be found here, by clicking on the “Book Fairs” button: Lulu’s Book Fair Events and a full list of FAQs for events can be found here: Book Fair Marketing FAQs.

How To Land a Major Publisher

Aspiring author Michael Ennis felt the sting of rejection after submitting drafts of his work, “The Malice of Fortune,” to several publishing houses. Ennis was ready to give up until he received a tip from his agent: Try booksellers first. Ennis and his agent, Daniel Lazar, set out to self-publish the title using, eventually sending 48 copies to top-tier booksellers such as Books & Books in Miami and Tattered Cover in Denver.  23 sellers responded and within days, rights to the book were purchased at six figures by a traditional imprint – ordering a 75,000 copy run.  A representative from the acquiring publisher says the work Ennis did upfront was key in getting the publisher to even look at the new title due to the high volume of submissions they receive. Yet another example of a modern day author giving away their work for free, with successful results.


To read the full story in the Wall Street Journal, click here: To Land a Publisher, an Author Prints Sample Copies for Stores


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