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I'm strongly considering using Lulu.com when I self-publish my first non-rpg book, and was hoping some of my fellow geeks here may have had some experience and could share tips, suggestions, or feedback on how things went.

Did it turn out the way you expected? Was it a smooth process? In the end, are you glad you went with Lulu.com? That sort of stuff...

Any and all input appreciated... Thanks!
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I've bought Future War Commander from Lulu, and as a buyer I was very pleased with the resulting product.
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I've bought both editions of the book on Decktet from them, and the game designer told me that he had good results with them. You might want to directly correspond with him for details....

Good luck, Jason! And let us know how it goes....
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I've had a batch of wedding souvenir album printed with them and the results were good. The images were sharp and the colors were correct. The process was without any hassle. thumbsup
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A friend/client of mine did this book. Herald By: N.F. Houck It says 20 bucks and paperback, but it's hardback with a dust jacket.

http://www.amazon.com/Herald-N-F-Houck/dp/1411671694/ref=sr_...

I did the cover. We were very happy with lulu! Feel free to email me, but I know she has been very pleased.

And it's a good book!
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Lulu is ok. I've "stolen" two of their authors though for my own publishing venture (no, not taking more) but you might want to check out this method:

http://www.eternalrevolution.com/183/how-to-start-your-own-p...
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When I had decided to self-publish my thriller novel after some rejections, I decided to go with Lulu. I went through the process of getting everything put together, and things really ran smoothly. However, just as it was about to be put out through them, Wild Wolf Publishing picked up my thriller novel, so I had to rush and backpedal the whole thing with Lulu.

Both the process of setting it up AND pulling it down was a nice experience.

I would try to get a traditional publisher to pick it up first. If nothing bites after a few months, then go the self-publishing route. But it never hurts to give your book a pitch to some editors.

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Tryken wrote:
I would try to get a traditional publisher to pick it up first. If nothing bites after a few months, then go the self-publishing route. But it never hurts to give your book a pitch to some editors.




Yeah Jason, have you tried? what's the book about?
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Phil of Mars wrote:
Tryken wrote:
I would try to get a traditional publisher to pick it up first. If nothing bites after a few months, then go the self-publishing route. But it never hurts to give your book a pitch to some editors.


Yeah Jason, have you tried? what's the book about?


You know, it never occurred to me to even mention that. It's non-fiction, and more of a personal project than any sort of expected revenue stream or literary marvel...

Over the last 18 months I've suffered two heart attacks, a stroke, complete kidney and liver failure, pneumonia, cardiogenic shock... lots. The second heart attack left me in a coma, and somehow -- I made it through. The book is basically a journal of this complex medical scenario from two running parallel points of view: my wife, who had to witness everything from the outside, and me, who had severe memory loss after regaining consciousness, and dealing with everything once I learned the severity of the situation.

So it's a personal cathartic therapy project, and many family members and friends have expressed interest in reading about the experience. One reason Lulu appealed to me is for a nominal additional expense, I can go ahead and get an ISBN for the book and have it listed on e-tailers like Amazon. Seemed like a good route to explore.
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After hearing your amazing story, Jason, but moreso also /why/ you're writing it, I think Lulu online would meet your needs wonderfully. That way you can avoid the stress of traditional publishing and just focus on writing your personal experience.

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ynnen wrote:

One reason Lulu appealed to me is for a nominal additional expense, I can go ahead and get an ISBN for the book and have it listed on e-tailers like Amazon. Seemed like a good route to explore.



If a publisher picks it up, they pay for everything. and they get it out there aggressively so they can make money. If lulu does it, people have to know to go find it.
http://www.cardinalpub.com/ does some health and fitness, try Tom. I do a lot of their covers.
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