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Tell Mom She’s Great!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so we invite you to share a few words with us about what makes your mom so great. It’s easy – just write it in the comments below. You can say as little or as much as you like. Here are some ideas for what to write:

  • What was the best piece of advice your mom ever gave you?
  • What is your favorite thing about your mom?
  • What is your favorite memory with your mom?
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Author T-Shirt Contest!

You have worked hard writing, editing and publishing your book. Now, show off your accomplishment by boasting about it on a brand-new t-shirt of your design.

We are hosting the first-ever Lulu Author T-Shirt Contest. What do you want your author t-shirt to say? Enter your submission for the tagline on the shirt. Tomorrow (May 11) is the last day to enter, so get your entries in now. You can have up to 15 entries. Then, the voting round begins, so tell your friends, family and readers to come vote for your tagline. Voting lasts from the 12th-16th. The five shirts with the most votes win. As a heads up, we will moderate the entries that make it to the voting round, ensuring that they are family-friendly.

Congratulations Earth Day Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of our Earth Day Contest! Lulu is proud to partner with Eco-Libris to plant over 500 trees in honor of each author who entered the contest. Winners were based on most print sales on submitted titles from April 18-April 25.

First place winner Melanie Potock, author of Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food!, wins a NOOK and a $475 Marketing Consultation.

“Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a certified speech language pathologist who has specialized for over 12 years in helping children love a variety of food. Her practice focuses on the family and teaching the fundamentals of parenting in the kitchen. Mel wrote this book in the same manner that she works with families; with an open heart and a touch of humor. Raising an adventurous eater is meant to be fun. Enjoy the journey!” -Happy Mealtimes with Happy Kids: How to Teach Your Child About the Joy of Food!

We had a tie for second place and will award a $350 Clarion Book Review to: Jim Galvanek, author of The Ironman’s Guide To Cancer Survival and David Thorne, author of I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs.

“Jim Galvanek was a 27-year-old architect when he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 1998. At the time, the only reliable treatment was a bone marrow transplant, which required that his entire blood and immune system be destroyed and replaced with that from a donor. Galvanek spent over a month in hospital and more than a year recuperating before returning to work. Galvanek’s body accepted the transplant and he made a full recovery. But something in his life seemed incomplete. He eventually set his sights on the Ironman triathlon, a feat of endurance that includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and full marathon. Galvanek successfully completed his first Ironman in 2008 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of his bone marrow transplant. He has since competed in numerous triathlons and other endurance events, raising over $250,000 in support of blood cancer research.”-The Ironman’s Guide To Cancer Survival

“All new, never before published material from the author of The Internet is a Playground. New emails, new articles, new exclusive content. Featuring more than 233 pages of brand-spanking-new material, I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs is the second book by author David Thorne.” -I’ll Go Home Then, It’s Warm and Has Chairs

For more on how Lulu supports sustainability through Print-On-Demand, check out our blog post here: Saving Mother Earth by Using Print-On-Demand.

 

Saving Mother Earth By Using Print-On-Demand

Dear Planet Earth, we love you, respect you, and want to do what we can to protect you.

In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, here are some important, “did-you-know?” facts about why Print-On-Demand (the Lulu-way) is a sustainable alternative to Traditional Offset Printing:

  1. No book is printed before it is bought and paid for. This differs from the traditional method in which thousands of copies are printed before ANY of them are bought and paid for by the consumer. This “print & pray” approach involves unnecessary risk due to the large capital expenditure involved in offset print runs for publishers.
  2. Zero material waste in the manufacturing process, which only uses what is necessary to produce sell-able product. This differs from the traditional method in which additional paper is automatically ordered and used to compensate for the material wasted in “make-ready” in both the printing and binding processes. It’s typically 3-8% paper waste depending on the manufacturer. This adds up to considerable waste for a publisher. The printer passes on the cost of spoilage to the publisher.
  3. Zero risk on the returns of unsold inventory. Compare this to the return rate on traditionally printed books, which can range from 20-35% of the units produced. These overruns are pure waste and sunk costs. Publishers measure these costs in the millions of dollars.
  4. There is no unsold inventory. Using the traditional method, unsold inventory has to be warehoused for a period of time. This is costly.  It burns time, money and energy.
  5. There is no unsold inventory. Using the traditional method, unsold inventory has to be shipped back to the recycling center. In addition, unsold inventory has to be processed at a recycling center. These processes burn time, money and fuel.
  6. Each order is printed and shipped locally, which is good for the local economy and minimizes time in transit and transit costs. Traditionally, orders are printed at large manufacturing facilities for the lowest unit cost.  Traditional Offset runs are done in large manufacturing facilities, shipped in bulk (on many pallets) to warehouses.  These shipments travel long distances by tractor-trailer, or are shipped in containers from overseas.
  7. Maximum author control of content means authors can make edits and publish new editions at any time without negative consequences. Traditionally, the author and publisher are stuck with the inventory of books produced. Content changes can only be made if the author and publisher are willing to swallow the loss on any remaining unsold inventory of the earlier edition.

Also, in honor of Earth Day, enter the Lulu Earth Day Contest on Facebook. This is a print sales contest. Submit your book to compete for most sales between April 18-April 25. Also, Lulu will plant a tree per contest entry up to 6,000 through our tree-planting partner Eco-Libris. Contest prizes include a Nook®, a Marketing Consultation ($475) and a Clarion Book Review ($350). Enter now!

 Click here for more info on Print On Demand.

Easter Egg Hunt Contest

We invite you to have a bit of fun with us this Easter by joining us on a virtual Easter Egg Hunt. Throughout the day on Easter Sunday we are hiding “eggs” around the Web. Collect as many as you can to earn savings at Lulu.com. The more eggs you find, the more you save!

How to Play

Hunt around on the Web for Lulu’s hidden Easter eggs (clue: our Lulu Easter bunny really likes social media). Some are much trickier to find than others.They will be posted throughout the day on Easter Sunday.

Each “egg” is a word or name. For example, on Twitter we might say:

“What’s the name of the author who….? #LuluEasterEggHunt”

When you figure out that author’s name, you will have one egg. Enjoy collecting as many eggs as you can throughout the course of the day.

When you are finished, email a list of the eggs you found to EasterEggHunt@lulu.com. Please include your country in the email. The deadline for sending the email is 5pm EST, Mon., April 9, 2012.

Lulu will email you back with your reward by 5pm EST, Friday, April 13, 2012.

Prizes:

5% off, 10% off or 15% off. Every 5 eggs earns you another 5% off, so 1-5 eggs earns you 5% off, 6-10 eggs earns you 10% off and 11-15 eggs earns you 15% off. Coupons are valid for 60 days, one-time use.

Lulu Limerick Contest Winners

First we want to thank everyone who entered the Lulu Limerick contest. We were blown away by the 240 entries, and we had a blast reading through them. You all have got great spirit and wit, and we’re so glad you shared that with us and your fellow writers. We highly recommend checking out all the entries if you’re looking for some good reads. We will contact the winners directly via e-mail to follow up about prizes. Congrats!

So without further ado
We’ll list you the few
Who stood out the most
Go on and boast
You passed the judges’ review

First Place:

A tongue-tied young man from Killarney,
Got advice from a silver-tongued carney:
“All the glibness you seek
Is the stone’s mystique
You’ll be gifted with gab by the Blarney”

by: Susan Koefod

Second Place:

Been working in comics for years,
and digital gives me some fears!
It’s paper I love,
it’s all I think of…
But I want to keep up with my peers!

by: Rusty Gilligan

Honorable Mentions:

Clean limericks just don’t make the cut
So give me a limerick with smut
‘Cause the naughtier blokes
With their off-color jokes
Always make this old lass bust a gut
by: Mrs. M

Lulu Limerick Contest!

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lulu is hosting the Lulu Limerick Contest from March 12 – 14, 2012. All entries must be submitted as comments to this blog post by 11:59pm EST on March 14. The winner will be selected by Lulu and announced by Thursday, March 15, at 4:30pm EST.

Enter the Lulu Limerick Contest

We’d love to hear your knee-slappin’ jest

Below, post your rhyme

Beware: limited time

We’ll judge and award the best

PRIZES!

Lulu will select one first-place winner to win a NOOK™ and $100 Lulu credit, and one second-place winner to win $100 Lulu credit.

Lulu Short Story Contest Tips

Wow.

In the 10 days since we launched the Lulu Short Story Contest, we’ve received hundreds upon hundreds of submissions, authors are helping each other out more than ever on our social networks, and authors are finding just how easy it is to publish an eBook of their very own.

Based on the whopping 150+ comments on the original contest announcement blog – we’ve noticed that a lot of you have some of the same questions about the contest, so here are some helpful tips to consider as you get closer to submitting your own story.

600 Word Max: We know it might be a challenge, but it is definitely possible to submit a short story that is 600 words or less.  Facebook fan Jason Johnson puts it best:  “I agree that 600 words is short, but I also think that’s the point.  What can you tell in 600 words that still makes it interesting to your readers.” Oh, and the 600 word count does not include the title and copyright material.

Use the Template: I love that people are looking for ways to spice up their entry – be it with pictures, a table of contents, etc.  But avoid straying from the template we’ve provided.  We’ve done most of the work for you formatting-wise and designed the template to pass through eBook validation as smoothly as possible so you can be sure your story can be distributed to places like the iBookstore.

Multiple Submissions: Yes please! You are certainly allowed to submit more than one short story, so keep em coming.  600 words not enough to contain all that remarkable creativity? Then write and submit as many new short stories as you want.  Several people have submitted more than one already.  We’ve even had one guy ask if he could send in 400 separate stories.  No matter how many you give us, submitting more than one will increase your chances at winning.

Submitting Your Story: Submitting your story is just a matter of visiting this link to Survey Monkey and filling in the 5 questions.  The most important part is providing us with a link to your work.  Once you finish publishing, you can click the “My Lulu” tab.  Here you’ll see a list of your projects, including your new eBook short story.  Click the “view/buy” button next to your work’s title.  Copy the web address of your story’s product page and paste it into question 4 on Survey Monkey.  This will help us track submissions and is how you get your 20% off coupon for participating.

Pricing: Once you get to the pricing step in the publishing wizard.  You will be able to set your price to anything you want – even free.  The default price is set at $1.24, which is the minimum for making revenue off your story.  If you’d like to give your eBook Short Story away, simply enter $0.00 as your price.

We’re excited to see so much activity going on with this contest and definitely plan to do more in the future.  There is still plenty of time left in the month though, so send us your short story today.  Good luck and thanks for playing.

Want even more short story writing tips?  Check out this handy article from Fiction Factor.

 

The Short Story Contest is Coming…

Throughout the month of November, contestants will have a fabulous chance to publish a short story and win all sorts of remarkable prizes (some that are super top secret…shhhhh).

Details to come Nov. 1st.

Don’t miss it.

 

Talking about the Lulu Community

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by PinkMoose

We’ve recently revealed our shiny new forums and support platform for all to see. Now, while we’re actively tweaking them and improving them to be the best based on your feedback, I’d like to highlight a few conversations you might be interested in.

Waiting Room Copies – Has Anyone tried This Yet? – This discussion is focused around a particularly creative approach to marketing your work. EelKat says “On the table along side the usual stacks of magazines was a book. On the Cover of the book was a large round sticker which read: ‘Waiting Room Copy – to Order Your Own Copy Please Go to www—–’”

Participants Wanted – Julie Dawson is requesting submissions to benefit Doctors Without Borders. Julie states, “As many of you know, each year I sponsor a charity writing contest.  I mentioned in a previous post that I was thinking about giving away an Amazon Kindle for the grand prize this year.  After reviewing everything, I have decided that we will definitely be doing this.”

So… where’s the line? – In this discussion, Elmore Hammes asks, “When do you call it “literature” – is it just when the book doesn’t fit firmly in a genre such as science fiction or romance? Or does it have to elevate to a higher level of writing to be deemed such?”

How do I make something available as a free download? – The title says it all!

So, head on over to the forums and get to know other Lulus!