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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
On April 24, 2011, Ken Anderson suggested: "It would be very helpful to have a Search and/or Sort facility for the address book.
At the moment when sending a book to an existing address one has to scroll through all the existing addresses."
Andy Trus from Lulu responded approximately seven months later on December 3, 2011: "Yes, Ken, we talked about this We recognize this is functionality that would be helpful to some of our power users. We'll consider adding this in the future."
Why did it take almost seven moths to respond? Adding insult to injury, Lulu recognized in 2011 that such a feature would be helpful, but has not added it. It has now been Five (5) years since Ken made the suggestion, and there is still no search or sort functionality in the address book. Please add it.
Using the addres book is tedious without a search and sort function. The address book offers a disincentive for book sellers to send out new books to established customers, because it is a tedious chore to find a given customer in the address book. Doesn't Lulu understand that translates into fewer book sales, which means lost income for Lulu? This is a business decision that affects Lulu's bottom line. It should be a no brainer.
I sold several hundred copies of my first book, but then when I published my sequel I was very disappointed to learn that Lulu had no system in place to notify my previous customers that a sequel was available. I think it is a huge missed opportunity for both Lulu and its authors without this system in place. Let's remedy this situation so all of us who write more than one book have a much higher chance of getting repeat customers. (I realize it's important for authors to keep mailing lists, but it would be much more effective for Lulu to email previous customers.) Thanks!
To publish an epub with Lulu the logical place to start might be to have an epub version of your book. The Lulu conversion engine accepts epubs, but it accepts them in much the same way that a grumpy London nightclub doorman accepts anyone not in a miniskirt. That engine is going to reject your epub countless times. Each time it will produce a list or errors to be addressed. Once you have corrected these it will reject you again and list errors that previously it was happy to accept. Two of the reasons for the rejection can be solved by two entries into your metafile. The correct format for those entries are not including in the conversion guide you are constantly urged to read. (I would include them here but I have dumped all the epub files I wasted a weekend making!)
I tried using Calibre and Sigil. I did eventually manage to get a epub file accepted. To do this I had to create a file with an empty Table of Contents. The Lulu engine then created an epub without a table of contents, which was therefore unacceptable according to the distribution requirements. If you download the accepted epub to correct it or try something different ...whole new set of errors that the engine will no longer accept.
Lesson hard learned: Do not submit in epub!
So, I backtracked and tried creating a new version of my book in Word doc format.
- I made sure every image was centred and “inline with text”.
- I converted all the images to jpgs of 500px longest side and 150dpi resolution. The batch processing feature of Infranview is useful for this.
- I made sure than headings did not jump more than one level at a time. Outline view in Word is handy for this.
- I adjusted the autoformat and autocorrect settings as the guide told me.
- I set review>track changes to off.
- I set version to “final” before saving.
...and I tried again. The document uploads successfully.
The 84 page, 720kb Word doc then took more than 24hrs to process. In this time I got “brush off” emails from the Support service saying “read the guide”. Attempts to mail them back all bounce, despite following the instructions to include the reference number in the subject line etc.
Finally processing is over. Document rejected for “unknown reasons”
Blood pressure at dangerous levels, I try making an RTF version of the doc and uploading that. Takes longer than the doc to load up, but it actually processes!
Lesson Two, hard learned: Submit in RTF, not epub or doc as suggested.
Final tip: Replace tabs with first line indent for paragraphs.
I'll suggest Lulu use other payment options than the two that has already been on the site. There are diverse payment processors that will reach a wider audience and bring more people to sign in and enjoy the site. It seems somehow conservative to remain tied to Paypal. I've been unable to benefit maximally from Lulu simply because Paypal does not support my country. Why not include other payment processors please?
The following idea is based on:
- simple accounting principle's - good ol' credits and debits.
- the ability to create website pages.
When the time comes to fulfill hundreds of individual orders after running a special (featuring a printed book included as part of that special), I do the following steps to:
- shift individual fulfillment steps back to Lulu.
- cover buyers basic postage costs
- allow buyers to pick a mailing option that works best for them.
- receive revenues at time of sale (versus 60 days out)
Step 1: replicate the printed book (involved in my special program) as a separate Lulu project.
Step 2: Make book available through a private or direct Lulu link (project status: direct or private access).
Step 3: Price the book at $1.00 over lulu's base cost. For this example the direct link price (accessible to people who have that specific link) is $9.98 (50% off my normal full price).
Step 4: When a buyer takes advantage of my special, at my site's checkout time (to provide the book offered in the special) I feature the fact that we'll credit them the $19.95 (normal list price) off the program special price. (Yup, here's the debits / credits accounting stuff.)
- program special original cost (to include a printed book): $108.00
- book credit of $19.95 deducted automatically at my site's checkout
- at checkout my buyer pays $88.08 (plus appropriate state taxes)
Step 5: On buyers payment confirmation page (located on my site), we highlight the fact they AUTOMATICALLY received a credit of $19.95 to apply toward their book purchase. To purchase their printed book at 50% off list price (thus saving them the cost of basic mailing costs), we use Lulu's private or direct access link created in step two above.
True, this idea means folks must place their own order using Lulu's private or direct link.
True, you might think folks would balk at having to go the extra mile to get their book. On our payment confirmation page, we feature the reality that our book credit will cost them 10 minutes - tops - to order their book from where ever they wish!
- We know that some folks may have - GASP - amazon.com credits to burn.
- Thus far (over ten years now), we know of no complaints.
- About 40% of the time, people who happen to take a couple extra minutes to check out our main book store, opt to purchase the ebook - thus saving a few more $$.
While this idea seems like tons of extra work, after a couple times, it's a breeze. Run your specials - any time - with no additional work!
I would like to see the Game section broken up. When I want to look for Role Playing or Miniature games I think I am missing stuff since it is mixed in with Board & Card games. Can you create at least two sub-categories for Roleplaying & Miniatures. The base case scenario would be the following
I want to delete all my files! It is my intellectual property! - You have "Delete" botton there! - what for? -First I wanted to change the meta tag and not to pay again for the same that I already paid. Please!~
The "Lulu" designed NOT to help. It does not carry for the author. The system let me put the meta tag not in Latin. But it was a cheating, a trick. They let me PAY first, and AFTER that they refuse to distribute my book, and make me pay again.
You was doing everything at their computer, filling all their boxes in their system, but then they reject the distribution, saying that it is not their fault that I made mistake. Lulu want me to pay again for the same books, and asked me to change the meta tag, put the author name in Latin (instead of helping the author to change it once for the right one without the payment.
Their agents are not ready to help, they are arguing and make me really upset (Paul, Natalie).
They concern only about making their own money first, even to make even $3, but to take it away from an author. They make author pay for his own physical copy of his book (like in 18 century), instead of letting him do it in digital format at his own computer.
On the projects screen, I think it would be 1) quicker 2) easier if every time we created a revision of a novel ( I tend to create quite a few before finishing) a date of entry could show there. Thomie did explain about the green titles etc but I still think showing a date when we did any particular revision/ book would be useful.
Linda Taylor ( author)
My user profile lists me as a reader, however, I am an author. Does this change automatically at some point? Do I have to sell a certain amount of copies before it changes? PLMK. Thx