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I could not find an answer to this question in the Knowledge base.  Can i send my book to a regular commercial publisher even though it has already been self-published on Lulu?

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  • Papi_SoñolientoPapi_Soñoliento Southern Escarpment Hill Country Librarian

    Do you mean have a commercial printer print off X numbers of copies or do you mean negotiate a contract with a Traditional Publisher?


    canal65 wrote:

    I could not find an answer to this question in the Knowledge base.  Can i send my book to a regular commercial publisher even though it has already been self-published on Lulu?


     

  • The short answer is "Yes."

     

    Lulu does not own your work. You do. You can submit your work to a traditional publisher, such as Houghton-Mifflin, Little Brown, Crown -- just to name three off the top of my head -- and they could legally make an arrangement with you to publish your book(s) the traditional way.

     

    BUT ...

     

    1.) A traditional publisher typically wants new and unpublished works, especially from a new writer; and

    2.) A traditional publisher will not want to compete against another channel, so they would expect you to retire any books then in print through another source (such as Lulu).

     

    SOME self-published writers have gone on to have their self-published books published by a traditional house -- Andy Weir's The Martian for example, or Sixty-three shades of Indigo (or whatever it was called) -- but this is NOT the norm. In fact, it so far outside the norm that it is rare and noteworhty, which is why I have those two examples at my fingertips.

     

    I am currently working on a book that I may present to a traditional publisher FIRST, and then publish myself if it is rejected. That would be a more traditional route. I've also entered a short story into a contest that I hope may give me a lever for that project. But if I were to self-publish it first, then I would ahve pretty much closed the door on traditional publishing for that book.

     

    I hope that this clarifies the issue for you.

     

    (I do not represent Lulu, traditional publishers, or anyone except myself)


  • SphinxCameron wrote:

    Do you mean have a commercial printer print off X numbers of copies or do you mean negotiate a contract with a Traditional Publisher?


    canal65 wrote:

    I could not find an answer to this question in the Knowledge base.  Can i send my book to a regular commercial publisher even though it has already been self-published on Lulu?



    If he just wanted X number of copies, he'd be best off doing a special print run through Lulu, imho, with the bulk rate printing discounts and the creator discounts.

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