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write a book
A question about this goal: can you make money by publishing on lulu? July 31st, 2006 21:06


i have a friend that published by lulu, and he said that his income was low. I doubt you could make a substantial living off of it.

mejaka is on the preferred substitute list--for Project. Weird.

The first I heard of lulu was in last year’s NaNoWriMo, and I admit I haven’t looked into it myself, but that’s because it fits in a category of “publishers” that I have no interest in. I’m not interested in just seeing my ms bound into a book-any bookbinder could do that for a fee. I am interested in the entire traditional publishing machine-the PR, the promotion, the investment.

I realize there are new avenues (on-demand, etc) that may prove viable over time. But I’m a bit traditional, I guess.

Nobody makes a bundle off a first book, except for the occasional blockbuster bestseller miracle. In that category, Rowling comes to mind. But in spite of her scribbled-on-a-napkin, desperate-welfare-money PR story, I suspect Rowling spent a great deal of time on that first book. I also think she was very lucky with timing, as well as incredibly creative and skilled. But for most of us, it doesn’t happen like that, just like most high school football heroes don’t go on to earn the Heisman trophy. Writing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It requires talent, dedication, a lot of skill-honing, and like most artistic pursuits, half the payoff is in the pleasure of the process. Good thing, too, because otherwise, it might not be worth it for most of us.

I have a book on lulu, but it’s for free (free download and only print cost for print version). I don’t think if you’re just getting started that you sd consider lulu for making money.

I think it’s better to think of lulu as a place to post your rèsumè to hopefully draw some interest.

thanks everyone
ill see about going to a traditioanl publisher thanks

i have one more question if i publish on lulu can i buy my own book and give it to a traditioanl publisher like someone else on here suggested ?

can’t imagine that would be a good idea. i think that might send the wrong message, i.e. that you’re willing to consider using lulu (et al) on any level.

keep in mind there are a LOT of traditional publishers that are small and very open to first time authors. you don’t have to land a deal w/ harper collins, and as anyone will tell you, the hardest book to get published is your first.

best wishes!


thanks themojo yeah i dont think ill use lulu im new when i say new meaning like i have no idea what to even do first but thank you for your inquiry
have a good day

yes, lulu is more of a stepping off point as far as publishing goes. Initially, you’re not going to make very much, if anything, for your books; however, it does give you the chance to get them out there for people to see. Also, as far as publishing on lulu to send a hard copy to a publisher/distributor, that isn’t entirely a bad idea; in fact several book reviewers and publishers have begun accepting books printed from lulu to review—it’s a much easier format than having to guess-timate approximate formattings for a book. One of the more popular things through lulu has become sending your book to a professional reviewer; you send them a copy with a “REVIEW COPY” stamp/sticker, and they will review it for you. This provides an excellent opportunity to get people to notice your book, in case you wanted to purchase/create your own ISBN to make your work purchasable through sites like amazon.

thank you

You can try to get traditionally published; and I hope that you do. If I had a dime for every manuscript that I have sent to traditionally publishers, I could retire. After spending thousands of dollars trying to get published traditionally, and also on self publishing companies, I figured out a plan that only requires five-hundred dollars in start-up capital. You will be the publisher, and you also get to keep all of the profits. The book is actually a natural progression of what is already out their. The only difference is that in the book, it’s organized, and presented in a step-by-step format. It will be released in June 2007 By Parallel View Publishing: titled: “Dollar Cost Self Publishing: How To Take Control of Your Publishung Destiny: Author Jeremiah Hensley

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