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Self-Publishing

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 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 →

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 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 →

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 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 →

How to Google: Get Found Online or Get Left Behind

12 min read  The Google search bar has become iconic in the online world. Other search services exist (Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc…), but Google has eclipsed all of these with their powerful and ever-evolving search algorithms and machine learning. What Google has effectively… Continue Reading →

Give Something Unique This Year [Holiday Gift Guide]

5 min read  The holidays are fast approaching. And I’m sure everyone has their shopping planned and ready for this year, right? Right? If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a bunch of cool ideas about gifts, but you’re going to wait… Continue Reading →

Author Interview: Hannah Russell and the Magic of Little Alf

7 min read  Self-publishing attracts a wide and diverse range of writers. Like, staggeringly wide and diverse. You know why. Because we all have stories to tell, wisdom to impart, and a desire – almost a need – to share those stories…. Continue Reading →

Guest Blog – A Publishing Vision with Aaron Ozee

5 min read  Aaron Ozee writes poetry and children’s book. Recently we had an opportunity to connect with Aaron, and as a follow up we did a quick Q&A with him about his experience as an author, poet, and a publisher.

Ins and Outs of Facebook Marketing [Lulu Q&A]

8 min read  Today we’re going to expand on some of the past content we’ve looked at surrounding Social Media Marketing. While it’s easy to talk about using social media in the abstract, it’s another thing entirely to actually get in there… Continue Reading →

3 Keys to Planning the Best Author Events

11 min readAuthor events are a cornerstone of all author marketing plans. Perhaps not as far-reaching or crucial as a strong social media presence or a consistent and growing author blog, the events you attend during a book launch and in the… Continue Reading →

Blogging for Success

10 min readIf you didn’t know it already, being a self-published author is no easy task. Not only will you be producing all your own content, but you’ll also be promoting all that content. The independent author is a writer, editor, designer,… Continue Reading →

Email Marketing for Authors

9 min read  How many emails do you think you get a day? Dozens? Hundreds? Looking at your inbox can be overwhelming. Despite the sheer volume of emails sent a day, using email to reach customers is a tried and true means… Continue Reading →

Book Printing Simplified: Lulu Print API

5 min readLulu is proud to announce the release of our Print API, the first of several API connections we plan to offer the publishing and developer communities. What exactly does this mean for you? I’m glad you asked! Are you a… Continue Reading →

5 Tips for Editing your Manuscript

13 min read  If you’re a writer anything like myself, you’ve got a handful of manuscripts finished, languishing in desk drawers, or in your Dropbox gathering virtual dust. I love to write, but I am not as excited about editing. So a… Continue Reading →

How Does Print and Ebook Distribution Work?

8 min readYou’ve written a book (maybe even a few), designed a stellar cover, and self-published! You are a published author. Relish that feeling. Even though independent publishing platforms have opened the floodgates, you are still among a distinct few who call… Continue Reading →

Libraries and Self-Publishing

7 min readLibraries. A time honored monument to our desire to preserve our past and share our stories. Since people first began setting down their stories on paper, the idea of a library as both a physical place and an institution has… Continue Reading →

Lulu at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2017

8 min readWriter’s Digest has been serving writers for over 90 years. Primarily a monthly publication (also called “Writer’s Digest”) the magazine provides authors and publishers at all stages of the process with advice, tools, and opportunities to advance their writing and… Continue Reading →

The 6 DIY Cover Tips You Need for Your Book

11 min readPoll veterans of self-publishing, and you’ll likely hear the same advice from all of them: get an editor and get a professional cover designer. There are many factors to consider, but if you’re an author with aspirations for your book,… Continue Reading →

Marketing Toolbox: 4 steps to long term success

9 min read  In case you haven’t been following our marketing toolbox series, you can find the first part here and the second part here. In the first we looked at important steps toward preparing your marketing plan and your book release…. Continue Reading →

Marketing Toolbox: 3 Step Book Marketing Plan

8 min readOver the past few weeks, we ran a series called “Writer’s Toolbox” aimed at revealing some of the more useful tools a writer can utilize to improve their productivity. There are other programs writers use but we’ll have to consider… Continue Reading →

B-Corp: Resolution Renewals

3 min readHappy belated Second Half of the Year Day! For many of us, we began the year by setting a resolution or two. Back in January I thought 2017 would be the year I’d finally train myself to stop squeezing toothpaste from the middle of… Continue Reading →

Selling Your Brand: Author Website

5 min readIndependent publishing demands an effort on the author’s part to self-promote. The task may seem daunting, as many of the tasks involved in self-publishing can, but thanks to the power of the Internet, you can promote yourself online with minimal… Continue Reading →

Keep Coloring – Self-publishing your own Coloring Book

2 min readSummer may be upon us, but we can’t spend every day this summer frolicking on the beach! If you need a great way to stay entertained (or keep some little ones entertained), why not a custom coloring book? We posted… Continue Reading →

Share Your Sound

1 min readIndependent publishing is so easy to do, and the costs are so low, that a wide variety of artists and professionals can take advantage of Lulu’s free publishing tools online. All manner of individuals and groups you might not think… Continue Reading →

Bookend Your Book: Front Matter and Back Matter

2 min readBooks consist of many components, all of them important when creating a full, complete, and professional work. One of these components that often causes self-published authors pause is the Front Matter and Back Matter. While these components are in two… Continue Reading →

Opening the Writing Toolbox

6 min readWe’ve come a long way from pen and paper. A long way. In fact, with modern technology we have more options for writing than any one person can easily process. With this excess of choice, it’s wise to take some… Continue Reading →

Getting Global with your Book

2 min readSelf-publishing is a tremendous boon to the general writing public. From printing and binding a family history, to crafting a lavish work of fiction, to a manual or text book companion to your work or teaching career–print on demand and… Continue Reading →

Keywords: Get your Self-Published Book noticed

3 min readMarketing your book is tricky business. Here at Lulu, we appreciate that many of our authors are not marketing experts, but still would like to amplify their sales. The Internet makes it easy to list your book and for readers… Continue Reading →

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