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The calendars are exquisite and I would love to be able to print some of my picture books for elders on this stock, coil bound. Since the books are just 20 pages or so, the hardcover option is too costly for full color, and the paperback is so small, it does not have the same high quality look/feel.
Since Lulu changed the Revenue Report to only show the author's cut BEFORE Lulu takes its cut, I have to backtrack and figure out what percentage is mine and this is not only confusing, it encourages mistakes. Why have you changed the report? I no longer trust the numbers I am reading on Lulu. For example, in the last revenue payment to me, my Lulu report online is $80 MORE than the amount I received from Lulu and there is NO WAY FOR ME TO CHECK AND VERIFY MY NUMBERS. I am not sure I am getting paid the amount that I should be paid.
In addition, since the monthly actual payment is a sum and has no details (#books/mycut/lulucut) I cannot track the payment to the actual sales.
What's up with this new, less detailed Revenue Report ---- sure looks to me like Lulu is (1) hiding something and (2) wants to make sure authors aren't paying much attention to the total percentage of Lulu's cut per book.
I asked twice about this from your email support and STILL DO NOT HAVE AN ACCEPTABLE ANSWER.
Lulu should offer to pulish the new iBooks format. Apple's new iBooks Author is a great product to make ebooks but it exports it as an .iBooks format. Please Lulu, please offer to publish the new iBooks format.
I recently published an ebook and print copy of "The Faith Dozen" and I had a friend from AZ call me to let me know he could not buy extra copies of my Ebook to send as gifts to friends. Adding DRM to an ebook keeps it on one reader/computer and cannot be shared as we all know. I have noproblem with that. I asked Lulu.com support about maybe adding an option for their shopping cart where anyone buying an ebook can pay in advance and give an email where to send thier gift ebook. I also suggested that print copies could be paid in advance and sent to others with address provided, including shipping as an additional option.
Lulu support suggested I post that Idea here.
So? What do fellow lulu's think? (I'm all ears).
GB, Rev. Dr. LRSmith
Please either have a counter you guys add or the ability to add a counter to our spotlights. It is an effective way for us to see when our advertising is reaching people. Without it its like the blind leading the blind. Also if you can use html coding here adding it to the spotlight should be no problem.
I think it's great that Lulu has these spot discounts.
But as an author I would like to receive an email from Lulu telling me that there is about to be a new series of discounts so that I can tweet them, etc. At the moment, I rarely think to look and when I do, they are often already out of date, for example today.
Use Code: BOOKSHIP17
Cannot be combined with other offers
Does not apply to ebooks or services
Ends November 6th at 23:59
AND I am writing this email on Nov 6th at 14.30 in Europe. So there's no point in advertising it.
Thanks for even reading this. I see the Lulu suggestion box is pretty full ...
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It would be great if the sales analysis reports provided by Lulu to authors included post code/zip code as an option.
Lulu collects this information with every sale. Publishing this information would not be a breach of data security, since the zip code does not identify the person making the purchase.
I am sure that there are many people like me who use Lulu to print and distribute some books that are not so much intended for publicaton widely, but are aimed at a relatively small circle of friends and family. With such a distribution, it is nice to know who has followed up and acquired a copy. In such a circumstance, knowing the zip code, or post code, of each sale would give the author (and no-one else) an indication of where each book had gone. I would find that interesting and valuable.
I know that Lulu, "the world's biggest independent bookstore", and the premier self-publishing house, serves a wide range of types of customer. People use it for different purposes: I myself have one book "properly" published and in the top 40 of Lulu's sales, and another of my books is what would, in olden days, have been called "vanity publishing" - it is a memoir, of interest only to ayself, family and a few friends. If Lulu considers that latter use to be an important sector of their business, then I would recommend this new "zip code service" and would suggest that it could be marketed specifically as a unique means for authors to keep the circle of friends live, with information.
I started an "Authors Club" a few years back, it is where new Authors meet up with seasoned Authors and learn from them. We learn the skill of creating new stories in a short time frame, then the book is graded by everyone in the group. This is the greatest Network, and learning tool.
Well out of this " Authors Club" came a new ideal which is " Book Party" . This is where the Author, chooses a Community such as Musicain Clubs, Senior Centers, Colleges etc... they then host a small party and sell tickets at $10.00 each, in return the guest recieve a Book , lite finger foods , music, dancing and games. I sold alot of books and introduced my other books at regular price. My "Book Party" is now on Tour!
All it really takes is for your location to sell tickets in advance , a light meal, a IPOD and a Speaker for music. You can also invite College Step Teams to perform - they will do it for free!
As an artist who sells calendars of my paintings, it's frustrating to only be able to use the paintings that are horizontal. Please create a calendar template that allows for--no, that is designed specifically for--a single vertical image for each month. Thanks.
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I recently took your survey and mentioned this request there, but thought I should mention it here. If there is already a way to calculate the prices, I apologize for asking!
Very often I want to find out what you recommend as a minimum price for a book of a particular page length/type.
For example, I know that a 50 page, 8.5" x 1" book in Premium Black and White on White costs $2.90 to manufacture. However, I also want to know what my customers will be paying. Obviously, I can tweak the price by increasing it or using discounts, but your minimums are probably more accurately calculated to match the work than my own ideas.
So, for example, for the book I mentioned above, your minimum price is $6.50.
Knowing this, I can decide whether I can increase the number of pages, or if the project is going to be too expensive for customers, so that I will need to decrease the number of pages or change the options.
I really like your book creation system, but this is one tool that would help me immensely! It gets wearying having to go through the whole process and create test books all the time to find out this kind of information.
I have my e-books in both PDF and EPUB but when the Action button is clicked it's only relevant for either/or as the shopping basket doesn't ask "Would you like the PDF version or the EPUB version"? So, I need two action buttons. I have a preview page for each title but only one Action button available. I can add another "section" which has an Action Button but they're separated widely.
If the shopping cart offered the option of "Do you want PDF or EPUB?" one Action Button is all that'd be necessary. As it is now, I offer both versions and have to add another "section" to the Preview page to make another action button available. No big deal.
Could the shopping cart offer the option of "Would you like the PDF or EPUB? CLICK" The customer might choose both! Yippee!
If not, how can I shrink the second "section" so it brings the second Action Button up closer to the other Action Button?