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Your First Wedding Anniversary: The Gift of Paper

An anniversary is a special milestone in any relationship, but your first wedding anniversary is often one of the most memorable. Your first year as a married couple will become the first chapters in the story of your life together. It is often filled with firsts and other momentous occasions and should be celebrated in a way that highlights all you accomplished.

Traditionally, the first anniversary is called the paper anniversary. No one is quite sure of the symbolism, but there are several theories:

Paper:

– Represents the blank page
– Reminds us of the fragile and modest beginnings of marriage
– Symbolizes writing your future together
– Symbolizes the true interweaving of your lives
– Is a reminder of natural growth

Your first wedding anniversary is a good time to look back on the past year and your time together. One way to do this is to reflect on your love story and create something that captures you and your relationship. If you wish to abide by the traditional paper anniversary gift, consider committing your story to words and pictures and create a lovely book.

Writing a book may sound a bit laborious for many of people. If you are not someone who enjoys writing or feel you wouldn’t do your story justice, you can always commission an author to write it for you. You can find truly talented freelance writers online who specialize in these kinds of projects, to artfully construct a story based on your most important memories. When choosing a writer, it is important to pick someone who can capture your tone and personality to bring your story to life.

If you can’t wait for the “romance novel” version of your first year of marriage, try creating a memory book. You can combine your favorite pictures with your favorite stories to create a gift of paper that will be treasured long past your anniversary date.

Simply ask your partner to write about their five most memorable moments over the past year. Then take their words, add your five favorite memories, select pictures and use Lulu’s photo book templates to design your anniversary book. The end result will be a custom-made, unique and sentimental gift for your spouse.

Ultimately, your first wedding anniversary should be celebrated in a way you will remember forever. Creating a book about your journey as a couple is a thoughtful and lasting way to celebrate your love and look back on all that you’ve created – so far.


Inspiration, Collaborator, and Author Extraordinaire!

When I received Katie’s email, I was sure she had contacted the wrong Lulu.com. Why would someone from online jeweler Orla James be pitching an article for a self-publishing blog? However, when I read her pitch, I thought it was a brilliant idea. Thanks Katie!

Katie Jones loves to write, travel, practice yoga and read at every available moment! She adores living by the sea in Brighton UK with all of the creative opportunities that it brings.

Nigel Lee: Global Businesses Must Be Locally Relevant

Lulu CEO, Nigel Lee, lives in Brussels, leads a company headquartered on the East Coast of the USA, and travels the world seeking new partners and new markets to better serve authors around the world.

In today’s interview, we chat about Lee’s eight-hour commute and discuss how living outside of the USA affects his corporate leadership and vision for Lulu.

Lee believes companies can only be truly global when they address regional needs. “Internationalization of a business doesn’t just mean making it available in Hungarian, or in French or in Italian. It means understanding regional requirements, country-specific requirements. What do authors in Italy need? What does Italian book distribution look like? What are the bookstores in Italy?”

Lulu works to make the world a better place – one author, one story and one local regulation at a time.

 

Author Jay Nachlis: Write Your Rock Star Memoir

Last week, author Jay Nachlis dropped by the Lulu office to talk about his experience writing and self-publishing his memoir “Never Trust a Grown Man with a Ponytail: How a Regular Guy Lived a Rockstar Life.”

Our conversation covered several topics, including why he felt compelled to write a memoir at such a young age, creating an effective media kit, and self-publishing as the new normal for authors.  He also shared some great marketing ideas for fellow memoir writers.

Jay may think of himself as a “regular guy,” but he was personable, prepared, and professional. In other words, he was a rock star.

Write Your Rockstar Memoir

A very big thanks to Jay Nachlis for joining us in our Lulu Author Talks series on “How to Write Your Rockstar Memoir.” Please share your comments below and let us know what topics and guests you would like us to feature on future shows! #LuluLive #AuthorTalks

Posted by Lulu.com on Monday, March 6, 2017

 

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Books, Beans and B-Corps: Making New Eco Friends

Larry’s Beans: Where the magic happens

Eco wonder woman, a.k.a. Arwen from Lulu’s Customer Support team, and I traveled to Larry’s Beans to meet a fellow B Corp company, learn new sustainability tips, and frolic in caffeine happiness. We were aware of the Raleigh-based coffee roaster’s reputation as a sustainability superstar, so we were eager to learn more about their practices.

Within seconds of entering the building, we were welcomed with mugs of hot coffee and introduced to Daniel Tassitino, Communications Ambassador for Larry’s Beans. We began our tour at the end of the production process – the compost, recycling, and trash bins. While learning about their waste reduction initiative, we ran into the company’s namesake, president and founder, Larry Larson!

We got to say “hello” to the little wriggly ones.

Larry, with coffee cup in hand, shared his perspective on sustainability and the challenges of promoting a culture that values environmental responsibility. I asked him if there were any best practices he’d like to share.  He quickly explained that Larry’s Beans doesn’t have “best practices.” They just know what does and doesn’t work for their business. They’re still learning as they grow.

On their sustainability journey, the coffee roaster has accomplished some pretty great things including:

  • Ethical Coffee Sourcing: All Larry’s Beans coffee is Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown.
  • Energy Efficient Facility: The facility utilizes composting, zone heating, natural daylight, solar panels, rainwater harvesting barrels, and more!
  • Biodiesel: The roaster is home to Raleigh’s only B100 fueling station
  • Worms: Larry’s Beans uses their compost, coffee grounds, and burlap coffee bags to house and feed their worm farm.

After our tour, we asked Daniel, “Do you want to be Lulu’s friend in sustainability and hold each other accountable?”

“YES!” he exclaimed to our delight.

We high fived then rumbled off into the sunset in the Larry’s Beans recycled veggie oil bus. Just kidding. Instead, we went to a conference room and began planning the next steps in our goal-setting partnership.

Veggie Oil Powered: Larry’s Beans Coffee Bus

Together, Lulu and Larry’s Beans will hold each other accountable in our efforts to achieve our sustainability goals. After all, what’s better than a good book and a cup of fine coffee – both from certified B Corps? Okay, maybe a cuddly cat on your lap, but not much else!

Take an online tour of the Larry’s Beans facilities.
Learn more about Larry’s Beans and their commitment to sustainability

 


About the Author

Sheridan is Lulu’s Coordinator of Sustainability and Outreach. She is also an author advocate, a friend to all cats everywhere, a clog aficionado, and an art maker.

 

Nigel Lee, Lulu CEO: Passion, Partners, Publishing and Profits

Two years ago we cheered in* Nigel Lee as a new team member in our Raleigh office. We welcomed him as Head of International Business – now he’s Lulu’s CEO.

Nigel came to us with a background in international banking focusing on risk, finance, and regulatory issues. Since then, he’s learned quite a bit about the publishing industry as well as the passion that drives Lulu authors.

Last November we took a break from packing for our upcoming move to chat about his time with Lulu and the publishing industry in general.

Publishing really hasn’t changed much since Shakespeare’s time. At its essence publishing is still write, print and sell. Today, there are just a lot more people making a profit from an author’s effort resulting in the creator receiving a smaller and smaller piece of the pie.

That’s why we need Lulu.
Lulu rewards creators, not shareholders.

 

*If you are wondering what is meant by “cheer in,” this is how we welcomed new employees at our previous location. Nigel is the one in the jacket – loving it.

Write to Write. Edit to Perfect. Format to Publish.

Writing your story, whether it’s a work of the wildest fiction, historic non-fiction or an educational text, is a tremendous investment of time and energy. Just compiling and organizing your thoughts, carefully linking together words and phrases, and fastidiously editing for clarity and purpose—are time consuming and difficult.

Think about it like this: if you’re a novelist and you write 1000 words a day, it will take you 100 days to write an average sized novel. 100 days just writing! Add to that the planning and story development, editing, copy-editing, revising, re-revising…you could be looking at a year or more just writing your book!

Then, after all that effort, you still have to get your manuscript ready for publication!

There are numerous articles on the web advising writers to keep writing and to be disciplined and consistent in their work habits. Even more articles can be found on crafting brilliant sentences and compelling characters, but what you won’t readily find are simple tips on how to write your book if you plan to self publish – i.e. doing all the work yourself.

Let me share with you one simple trick: don’t worry about formatting while you’re writing. Just write. No matter your process, you will always end up going back through your file to prepare it for publishing. Therefore, just ignore the niceties of formatting and stay focused on the writing.

Don’t play with fonts. Don’t add a header or footer. Definitely don’t worry about page numbering. Forget about the front matter and the images. Just write and get all the words in place.

When that’s complete and everything is proofed and edited, you can start thinking about formatting. When you are ready, we have resources for you:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! We have hundreds of articles and videos in our Knowledge Base to guide you through all aspects of preparing your work for publication and distribution.

Steps to format your book for publication:

  1. Write your book
  2. Set the page size, margins, and select a font size for the main text.
  3. Insert and position your images, making sure they are sized correctly with resolution set to 300 dpi
  4. Add the front matter – title page, copyright page, dedication, etc.
  5. Set section and page breaks. Remember odd pages are on the right and even on the left, so add blank pages accordingly to ensure new chapters begin on odd numbered pages.
  6. Add headers and footers. Carefully review them, as each section will have unique header and footer properties
  7. Add the table of contents
  8. Review the file for final improvements

 

Once you complete the formatting, export a PDF from your preferred word processor and upload the file to your Lulu project!

Congratulations!

You are one step closer to realizing your dream of being a published author!


About Paul@Lulu

Paul is coming up on his second year anniversary working on the Lulu customer support team. He currently spends his days helping customers maneuver through the publishing wizard, order their books, and transition from author to publisher. When he can escape his desk at Lulu, he likes to write short stories, read, and play with his cat.

Paul is also the author of Dirty Words: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the F-Bomb.

Lulu Speaker Series: Marketing Specialist Diana M. Needham

In February we introduced a new web series featuring publishing and marketing experts. We kicked off the series by welcoming Diana M. Needham, a local book marketing consultant, to the Lulu office to share her journey on becoming an author. She also shared some great tips on “Getting Started Writing a Book.”

As a book marketing consultant, Needham first asks her clients five questions. “It all starts with your big why. Why are you writing this book? What is it that is inside of you that is compelling you to get this message out? When you can be really clear about your ‘big why,’ you can continue the momentum and actually get the book finished.”

Learn more by clicking below for excerpts from the live interview.


About Diana M. Needham

Needham is the author of The Authority Mindset: Proven Principles For Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Any Industry and chairs the local chapter of the Non Fiction Authors Association in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill NC area


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