Articles tagged "image"

Enter the Lulu & CanvasPop YELLOW Photo Contest

Ready to have your photography featured in a Lulu photo book? Perhaps even on the cover of the book of winning entries? Now through Aug. 22, submit your high-res, yellow-themed image to our photo contest. Prizes include major giveaways like $500 Lulu gift voucher, a 20×30 canvas print of your photo from CanvasPop and more, so be sure to enter a photo and then come back and vote on for your entry.

Show off your creative side. Let’s see what you’ve got to represent the color of sunshine and smileys!

To enter: Lulu & CanvasPop YELLOW Photo Contest

Official rules: Contest Official Rules

Browse other entries (they look great!): Yellow Photo Entries

Have some fun & win some prizes!

 

Update: Now that the contest has closed,  we are excited to announce the winners! Read about it here: Lulu / CanvasPop YELLOW Photo Contest Winners!

Focus: Illustrated Books

Whenever I talk to someone about Lulu, they’re normally surprised to learn that Lulu lets you publish just about anything – not just black and white, text-based books, but full-color photo books, cookbooks, and calendars too.  I especially love the expression on people’s faces when I explain that Lulu can even help make a book with beautiful, vibrant illustrations too.  In fact, hundreds of authors and artists have created and sold their graphic novels, children’s books and art collections on Lulu.  Below are just a few of my favorites.

Through Tiger’s Eyes

Written by Judy Kamilhor with Illustrations by Edward B. Snyder

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Available in both hardcover and paperback, this  is hands down one of the most beautifully crafted I have ever come across on Lulu.

What does Tiger see as he walks through the forest? In this delightful blend of dazzling color and gentle poetry, children learn how to observe the world around them. Artist Edward B. Snyder and poet Judy Kamilhor have created a captivating book filled with color, personality, and love.

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Zombies Hate Stuff

By Greg Stones

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I keep a copy of this book on my coffee table because it is funny, cute, original, and illustrated very well.

The product description for this book says it all:  “An illustrated list of things that zombies hate.”  Artist Greg Stones takes us on a page by page guide through all the things zombies apparently don’t care for.  Each page is accompanied by a humorous illustration that  will surprise and delight you as you think to yourself:  “yeah, I could see why they’d hate that.”  And just for the record, my favorite is “balloons.


Peter & Company

By Jon Ponikvar

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A collection of strips and pages from the online comic strip by Jon Ponikvar. The book includes 75 strips in their original grayscale tones, 25 comic pages in full color, and a book-exclusive color comic detailing the events leading up to the online comic.

This collection is very well put together and is available in hardback, paperback, or as a download.  The illustrations are clean and sharp, and I particularly enjoy the illustrated introduction of the characters.  The strips follow the misadventures of Peter, a 12-year-old boy that faces daily issues, we can all relate to.

Why a Good Author Photo Goes a Long Way

Lulu just got back from Book Expo America in New York last week. While we were there, we had the opportunity to meet thousands of people ranging from industry professionals, to up-and-coming authors, to people that were “just checking things out.” It was fascinating to see the different stages authors were at in their careers and it was great to see so many people at the convention learning how market themselves more effectively.

Many authors came with a sample of their book or had a handout with a little blurb and a photo of themselves. It was interesting to see how different each author’s photo was and how much some stood out in my mind – even after talking with so many people. I realized that many people new to the writing profession might not know how important a good photo of themselves is or how much it can help further their career.

An author should have a good photo on hand because it makes you look more professional. The people at BEA with great photos seemed better composed and more prepared. Isilhouette-question-mark-muck-small understand that many authors have spent so much time working on their book and making it pristine, that when they’re done, the photo can be an after thought. You want to be measured by your skill of the written word and not what you look like. But think about the last time you went to the bookstore. Can you recall picking up a title with a blurry, washed-out photo of the author on the back cover or inside flap? Do you think you’d be as likely to spend your hard-earned cash on a book that had a photo like that on it? In the same way a bad cover can make you second guess the quality of a book, a bad photo can make you rethink the reliability of the author. It helps to think of your book as a business card, and a bad photo is like handing someone a card written in crayon.