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Enforced retirement of projects. "This project has been permanently retired."
A dozen or more of my projects, some of which I was planning to complete and publish this summer, have been wiped off my Project List. The formats are all current, so I guess they were wiped off because no orders were placed: well, of course not -- once I have my proof copy, I have no need to buy more until the next revision is completed. And to be sure, no one else will want to buy an unfinished book.
Alas, if emails informing me of this inevitable doom were sent to me, I missed them.
Because of chronic ill health, I sometimes take two years to complete a project; I have several running at the same time, and I cycle round the time I devote to them.
If Lulu are going to hold a gun to my head, that is, force me to a deadline, then I will have to quit Lulu. Enforced deadlines are not for me.
I want to see my projects in their unfinished state before moving on to make further revisions. Sometimes, as the months pass, I do order more proof copies -- sometimes five or six times.
I want Lulu to accommodate my method of working, which has served me well for almost a decade.
If Lulu is so desperate for money, then charge me for the privilege of keeping a project uncompleted for as long as I want, NON-REFUNDABLE if the project is never published, or results in fewer than 10 private sales, REFUNDABLE when the project is published, and paid back at the time the first royalty payment is due.
For peace of mind, and assurance that my projects are not going to be blown away and lost forever, I would pay a deposit of $50 per project. Bend my arm, and I would go up to $100.
I have been looking around Createspace, but cannot determine if they similarly delete projects that are taking a long time. As soon as I know they do not, I’ll be off. Unless Lulu value my custom and accept my method of working.